Macon County Conservation District Explore the Outdoors
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General Information for Educators

What to Wear

We advise sturdy shoes, no sandals, socks, long pants and long sleeves for participation in outdoor programs. Gloves, hats and boots are recommended for damp and winter weather.

Visiting On Your Own

We encourage you to bring your class to any of the Conservation District sites throughout the year. There is no fee to use the Rock Springs Nature Center or any of our trails. We simply ask that you call ahead and let us know when you plan to visit.


Reservations for all Macon County Conservation District programs and services may be made Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling 217-423-7708. Programs can be booked for Tuesdays through Sundays. Mondays are not available. Reserve well in advance to secure the dates you want.

Special presentations and the Mobile Nature Center can travel to your classroom. If you are interested in saving money, check out the special programs that will travel to you. Additional classes at your school can make a reservation for a discounted rate if the program is scheduled on the same day as others in the school building.

Rain dates are not provided, however, we can often work with your group indoors if the weather prohibits outdoor programming.

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible.

Pavilions must be reserved. We do not have an indoor lunchroom, but can often accommodate groups indoors during bad weather.

For more information please contact us:

Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708


Our Educational Guide is available to all teachers. If your school hasn't received one or you would like extra copies, give us a call at 217-423-7708.
Information for Educators

- General Information & Reservations
- Tips for a "Greener" Field Trip
- Awareness Hikes
- Nature Programs
- Special Presentations
- Mobile Nature Center
- Muesum in a Box
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Lending Trunks
- Grants and Workshops
- Shilling Library at Rock Springs

Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area


The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708

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