January 14 – A mini camp giving kids age 1-5 a chance to compare Earth with other planets leads off the list of upcoming events for the Macon County Conservation District.
The Mini Camp: Planets sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Rock Springs Nature Center. The program costs $6 per child, with an adult companion. Guests must register online by noon the day before the desired session at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Eagle viewing trips: Area residents are invited to attend in one of four eagle viewing trips planned for January and February. Each trip departs and returns from Rock Springs, with a fee of $25 per person covering all transportation.
The first trip – a visit to Starved Rock State Park – is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with additional Starved Rock trips planned for January 26 and February 2. Guests will watch eagles along the Illinois River and also visit the Lock and Dam Museum.
Additionally, a van trip to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton is planned for next Tuesday (January 22). Attendees will get a chance to view bald eagles along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Guests will need to bring their own lunch or purchase one at the lodge restaurant. The visit will include a tour of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.
Participants should dress warmly for each trip and be prepared to spend time outside. Pre-register online by noon the day before the selected trip.
Preschool Peepers: Young children with an adult guardian can explore deer during a free Preschool Peepers event scheduled for Sunday at Rock Springs. Kids will learn about the mammals by feeling their fur, viewing an antler and making a craft. Pre-register online by noon Saturday.
Program for Homeschoolers: Homeschoolers are invited to join a naturalist at Rock Springs for a free Animals in Winter program from 10-11 a.m. on January 30. Attendees will learn about what animals do in winter and take a hike to look for wildlife in its natural habitat. Pre-register online by noon on January 29.