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Rock Springs Conservation Area

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3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708 maconcountyconservation.org

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November 2017

Mini Camp: Turkeys

November 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Turkeys are one of the biggest birds in our forest. Feel turkey feathers and look for clues to see what we can learn about them. For ages 3-5 with adult buddy. Register online by noon on November 20.

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Preschool Peepers: Talking Turkeys

November 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Discover how the turkey almost became our national bird, learn facts about wild turkeys, and create a turkey-themed craft to take home. Register online by November 22. Min/Max: 5/30.

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December 2017

Dulcimer Music

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Dulcimer Club
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Enjoy live music performed by the Dulcimer Club.

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Bluegrass Music Jam

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Bluegrass Jam
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Enjoy live music during the Bluegrass Music Jam at Rock Springs Nature Center. Bring your instrument to play or just enjoy the music. For all ages.

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Feed the Animals

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$2

Get a behind the scenes look at how staff care for and feed Rock Springs Nature Center’s resident live animals. The snakes, turtles, and salamander will eagerly feed from your hands. Each family receives a "Critters of Illinois" pocket guide to take home and help you identify wildlife in your backyard or out on a hike. Register online by December 8. Min/Max: 5/30.

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Shooting Holiday Still Lifes

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Bring your cameras (tripods and external flashes are optional, but they may be helpful) as we practice shooting some table-top holiday still lifes. The meeting room is set up with tables in front of each row of chairs. Please bring something holiday-related that you and others may be interested in shooting… ornaments, display items, and so on.The building is fairly dark – which gives us a chance to practice shooting in low-light conditions. Here is what we do: 1. Set…

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Dulcimer Music

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Dulcimer Club
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Enjoy live music performed by the Dulcimer Club.

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Rock Art

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Use your creative side to choose and decorate a rock to keep or to give someone to brighten their day. Rocks and art supplies provided. Register online by December 15. Min/Max: 5/30.

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Animals in Winter

December 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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While some animals hibernate or migrate, others will stay around all winter. Explore how these animals can survive the snow and cold temperatures. Visit the Window on Wildlife, learn about fur, and look for tracks outside. Be prepared for a short hike. Register online by December 20. Min/Max: 5/30.

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Mini Camp: Pajama Party

December 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Learn what animals do during cold winter months.  Join in the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like the animals’ fur!  For ages 1-5 with adult buddy. Register online by noon on December 26.

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Mini Camp: Pajama Party

December 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Learn what animals do during cold winter months. Join in the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like the animals’ fur! For ages 3-5 with adult buddy. Register online by noon on December 26.

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Dulcimer Music

December 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Dulcimer Club
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Enjoy live music performed by the Dulcimer Club.

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Holidays for the Birds

December 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Learn about different birds that stay here in Macon County for the winter.  Make a peanut butter or Crisco pine cone bird feeder. You can place your feeder outside at Rock Springs, or take it home to give to the birds in your backyard. Register online by December 29. Min/Max: 5/30.

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January 2018

Preschool Peepers: Going Nutty

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Ages 3-5 with an adult buddy will learn what squirrels eat, where they sleep, and how they survive in the cold winter. Children will also create a fun squirrel craft to take home. Register online by January 5. Min/Max: 5/30.

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Eagle Viewing Trip to Starved Rock

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 20, 2018 at 9:00am

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$20

On this trip, travel to the popular Starved Rock State Park to look for wintering eagles and check out the visitor’s center. We’ll also visit the lock and dam museum. Bring a lunch or purchase one from the Starved Rock lodge restaurant. Be prepared to spend time outside. Meet at Rock Springs Nature Center. For all ages. $20/person. Register online by January 12 for the January 13 trip and January 19 for the January 20 trip at maconcountyconservation.org.  Min/Max: 5/12.

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Mini Camp: Hibernation

January 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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One event on January 18, 2018 at 9:30am

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will uncover why bats and groundhogs take a long winter’s nap through exploration and play. Register online by January 16.

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Mini Camp: Hibernation

January 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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One event on January 18, 2018 at 9:30am

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Ages 1-5 with an adult buddy will uncover why bats and groundhogs take a long winter’s nap through exploration and play. Register online by January 16.

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Eagle Viewing Trip to Starved Rock

January 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on January 20, 2018 at 9:00am

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$20

On this trip, travel to the popular Starved Rock State Park to look for wintering eagles and check out the visitor’s center. We’ll also visit the lock and dam museum. Bring a lunch or purchase one from the Starved Rock lodge restaurant. Be prepared to spend time outside. Meet at Rock Springs Nature Center. For all ages. $20/person. Register online by January 12 for the January 13 trip and January 19 for the January 20 trip at maconcountyconservation.org.  Min/Max: 5/12.

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Bicentennial Exhibit Open House

January 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

In 2018, Illinois celebrates its 200th anniversary of becoming a state.  Explore Illinois' history, including artifacts on loan from the Macon County History Museum, in the Illinois Bicentennial exhibit in Rock Springs Nature Center. Refreshments served. No registration required.

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Winter Photography for Beginners

January 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Bring your cameras as members of the Decatur Camera Club provide tips to improve your photography, no matter what camera you use. Following a brief presentation, we will go out to take photos of the winter landscape at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Register online by January 26 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/30.

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