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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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September 2017

Prairie Pedal 2017

September 24 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$25 - $30

Ride your bicycle for habitat restoration! Prairie Pedal is a bicycling fundraiser for the Macon County Conservation Foundation, to protect local wildlife and natural areas. Choose from a 20, 40, or 62 mile route along quiet country roads. Includes free cycling socks, delicious chili lunch, and raffle drawing after the ride. Register to ride, sponsor, or volunteer: MaconCountyConservationFountation.org.

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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Mini Camp: Fall

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

As nights get colder and days get shorter, discover how plants and animals adapt to fall through stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. For ages 3-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by September 25 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Mini Camp: Fall

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

As nights get colder and days get shorter, discover how plants and animals adapt to fall through stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. For ages 1-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by September 25 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Beyond Cahokia Mounds: A Look at the Rest of Central Illinois

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Cahokia is famous as the site of a large metropolitan area of Native American mounds and villages of the Mississippian culture near St. Louis. Recently, archaeologists are shifting their focus out to Central Illinois before, during, and after Cahokia’s reign. Guest speaker Dr. Duane Esarey, Assistant Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will share recent discoveries and work on 21 prehistoric towns in Central Illinois. Free. No registration required.

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October 2017

Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Tour Conservation Areas in Fall

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 5, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Staff will drive you to Conservation District owned sites that you may not be aware of. We will look for wildlife and colorful fall foliage, as we learn about the history of the Conservation Areas and what natural area restoration work is underway. Trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center. Free. Register online by September 29 or November 3 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/12.

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Dulcimer Music

October 7 @ 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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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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3D Archery

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 7, 2017 at 2:00pm

One event on November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$7

Rotate through life-like targets featuring bears, deer, turkey, and more. Basic instruction is provided for new or less experienced archers. Use our equipment or bring your own. Meet at Homestead Prairie Farm. Ages 10+. $7/person. Register online by September 1, October 6, or November 3 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/25.

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Bluegrass Music Jam

October 8 @ 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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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Historic Decatur Van Tour

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 22, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Tour historic Decatur. We stop to see several local landmarks and points of interest, including the Transfer House, Powers Mansion, Millikin Place, and downtown Decatur. Trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center. Register online by October 6 or 20 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/12.

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Mini Camp: Fish

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

Dive into the life of fish as we explore how they live and look for them in a nearby pond. For ages 3-5 with adult buddy. Register online by noon on October 9 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Mini Camp: Fish

October 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Dive into the life of fish as we explore how they live and look for them in a nearby pond. For ages 1-5 with adult buddy. Register online by noon on October 9 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Preschool Peepers: Discovering Dinosaurs

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Take a trip back in time to learn about these prehistoric reptiles. Children see and feel replica dinosaur teeth and claws, and learn to identify different types of dinosaurs.  Register online by October 13 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/30.

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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

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Scout Badge Workshop: Reptiles & Amphibians

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$12

For this badge, scouts describe and identify six species of reptiles, explain how these animals are important, and detail venomous reptiles. Bring your blue card. This is a partial badge. Ages 10+. Register online by October 18 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/25.

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Dulcimer Music

October 21 @ 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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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
+ Google Map
Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

Find out more »

Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
+ Google Map
Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

Find out more »

Historic Decatur Van Tour

October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 22, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Tour historic Decatur. We stop to see several local landmarks and points of interest, including the Transfer House, Powers Mansion, Millikin Place, and downtown Decatur. Trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center. Register online by October 6 or 20 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/12.

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Mini Camp: Pumpkins

October 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Dig into a pumpkin and experience first-hand the seeds and textures of this fall vegetable. For ages 3-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by noon on October 24 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Mini Camp: Pumpkins

October 26 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$6

Dig into a pumpkin and experience first-hand the seeds and textures of this fall vegetable. For ages 1-5 with an adult buddy. Register online by noon on October 24 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 4/12.

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Webelos: Into the Wild

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$9

To earn their Into the Wild pin, Webelos Scouts tour the Ecocenter, learn about migration, and identify dangerous plants and animals. Register online by October 25 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/25.

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Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
+ Google Map
Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

Find out more »

Tour Homestead Prairie Farm

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
+ Google Map
Free

Visit one of the few remaining log-houses in Macon County that still stands on its original location: the Trobaugh-Good House at Homestead Prairie Farm. Never moved from its original site, this home offers a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of ordinary people in 1860s Central Illinois. Free. For all ages.

Find out more »

Fall Harvest Festival

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Celebrate fall with free crafts, pumpkin rolling, wagon rides, a child-sized straw maze, and tours of historic Homestead Prairie Farm. For a fee of $2 participants can learn basic archery techniques and take aim at lifelike 3-D animal targets. No registration required.

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November 2017

Dulcimer Music

November 4 @ 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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3D Archery

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 7, 2017 at 2:00pm

One event on November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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$7

Rotate through life-like targets featuring bears, deer, turkey, and more. Basic instruction is provided for new or less experienced archers. Use our equipment or bring your own. Meet at Homestead Prairie Farm. Ages 10+. $7/person. Register online by September 1, October 6, or November 3 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/25.

Find out more »

Tour Conservation Areas in Fall

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on November 5, 2017 at 2:00pm

Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln
Decatur, IL 62521
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Free

Staff will drive you to Conservation District owned sites that you may not be aware of. We will look for wildlife and colorful fall foliage, as we learn about the history of the Conservation Areas and what natural area restoration work is underway. Trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center. Free. Register online by September 29 or November 3 at maconcountyconservation.org. Min/Max: 5/12.

Find out more »

Bluegrass Music Jam

November 12 @ 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.

Find out more »

Dulcimer Music

November 18 @ 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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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.

Find out more »

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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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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