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10/8/2019 12:44:00 PM
Wildlife observation deck opening

ARGENTA, Ill. — Experience the newly constructed Wildlife Observation Platform overlooking Friends Creek at Friends Creek Conservation Area on  Saturday, October 12. This free open house event will be held from 10 a.m.  to noon.

Community members of all ages are invited to meet at the large pavilion at Friends Creek Conservation Area to learn about native wildlife and enjoy refreshments. Then, ride a shuttle with Natural Resources Manager, Ethan Snively, to the new northern section of Friends Creek Conservation Area. Snively will point out some of the natural area restoration work that has been completed on the site, and answer questions. Once there, step out to see the new deck and look for wildlife. Binoculars will be provided. No registration required.

The observation deck is located on a new 90 acre addition to Friends Creek Conservation Area. The addition was acquired thanks to a $368,280 grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in 2017. This area is now open to the public, with the addition of a new loop trail and observation platform.

The new deck and open house event are also made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

Friends Creek Conservation Area is a 616 acre site within the Macon County Conservation District. It includes Friends Creek Campground, historic Bethel School, and 3.5 miles of hiking trails through floodplain, forest, savanna, and prairie habitats.

For more information about the Macon County Conservation Foundation, visit MaconCounty To learn more about Friends Creek Conservation Area and the Macon County Conservation District, visit

Friends Creek Conservation Area is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Argenta, IL. To get to Friends Creek from Decatur, go northeast on Route 48 for 11 miles and turn left onto Friends Creek Park Road.

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