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Grants and Workshops for Teachers and Educators

Audubon Grants

The Decatur Audubon Society offers grants to teachers for environmental projects. If you have a project in mind that you would like to tell the Audubon Society about, please call 217-423-7708 for more information. All teachers, in Macon County and beyond, are encouraged to apply for grants.

Teacher Workshops

Teachers can earn Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) at Macon County Conservation District's Teacher Workshops. Teacher's Workshops are offered throughout the year. Please send us your email address so we can add you to our database:

Workshops will continue to be scheduled throughout the year. Workshops meet at Rock Springs Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Workshops include hands-on ideas, curriculum materials, resource and field trip ideas, and a light supper. The fee for each is $15.00 unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Raptor Focus Series
Leighty-Tabor Science Center
Millikin University 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Session 1--Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Raptors-Special Forces of the Bird World

Session 2--Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Barred Owls--The Voice of the River

Session 3--Tuesday, March 25. 2014
Screech Owls--The Big, Little Owl

Fee--$10/session. 1 CPDU/Session available to teachers

The Raptor Focus Series consists of fun and informative presentations by IllinoisRaptor Center's Jacques Nuzzo. The three program series focuses on the life history of Illinois raptors. Identification, natural history, interactions with the environment, impact by humans and what theirfuture may hold will be covered. With 23 years as a wildlife rehabilitator, Jacques shares his unique perspective. A live raptor from the IllinoisRaptor Center will be shown at the conclusion of each presentation. This series is open to the public. Space is limited. Sign up on-line or call 217-423-7708.

Sponsored by Decatur AudubonSociety, Millikin University and Macon County Conservation District.

Workshops will continue to be scheduled throughout the year. They are held at Rock Springs Nature Center unless otherwise noted.

In-Service Workshops

Our staff is available to come to your school to work with the faculty during in-service days Teachers can earn CPDUs.
Some topics which might be of interest are:

Everything Green - help your school and your students join the “green movement”
No Child Left Inside - learn about new evidence that “nature play” is important to a child’s physical, mental and spiritual development. This initiative complements the goals of better health through more physical activity.
Local History - People are more connected to their community when they know a little of the history. Help your students feel that “sense of place”.
Local Flora & Fauna - People care more about plants and animals if they know the names of them. Help your students learn some of the common ones in your community.
Local Geology - Illinois has a very interesting geologic past. Knowing what to look for makes our state a more interesting place to live.


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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