Welcome to Nature at The Confluence!

Nature At The Confluence is an initiative to transform the area of land where Turtle Creek meets the Rock River into a community space that celebrates the natural and historical  signifigance of the land. It opened June 17, 2017 after years of planning and fundraising by Beloit 2020. This project was fully funded by donations by Beloit 2020 members and was gifted to the City of South Beloit for everyone to enjoy.

Planting Seeds of Renewal

Nature At The Confluence is a story of renewal. The property that the campus sits on has been neglected and misused for nearly 100 years, but is being brought back to life. This project will beckon people to come explore its beauty once again. It is also a site of historical significance. Located halfway along the newly designated national Rock River Trail, this land has been used and explored by humans for more than 13,000 years. Ancient hunters, native American mound-builders, French fur traders and today’s river explorers have all traversed the waters and lands of this area. This history of the space along the banks of the Turtle Creek and Rock River make the Confluence an appropriate site to tell a very important story about urban ecology and renewal.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Aug 21 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Because no other country will get to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed[...]
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Kids + Nature = Fun! Introducing our new Nature Kids program. Bring the kids to Nature At the Confluence for some natural fun! A program that offers free play time at our Discovery Stops featuring[...]
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share. Each month “Cameras At The Confluence” will feature a segment of National Geographic Masters of Photography video course, then have some time to talk, share[...]
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on[...]
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Weeds happen! We invite you to be part of the Green Team and help us stay on top of the weeding and other invasive plants at Nature At The Confluence! Spend as much time as[...]
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Nature At The Confluence
Free 45 Minute Guided Tours Offered: 12pm 2:00pm The Confluence Learning Center and Grounds are open 9am-3pm. The confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years,[...]
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Nature At The Confluence
The confluence of  Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians[...]
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence
“Good” plant or “Bad” plant? Let’s dig in and find out! Join the adult Stream Team and spend a morning learning basic plant I.D. techniques and how to identify the plants that don’t belong near[...]

Latest News

Wednesday Weeders help clean up the Confluence property!

Weeds happen! We invite you to be part of the Green Team and help us stay on top of the weeding and other invasive plants at Nature At The Confluence! Spend as much time as you can share to help bring this land back to life!  Come for 1 to 2 hours whenever you are...

read more

Solar Eclipse Celebration at Nature At The Confluence

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Because no other country will get to see this total eclipse, it’s being nicknamed “The All-American Eclipse.” The last time...

read more