Connecting People With Nature

Nature At The Confluence invites you to stop in for a visit to discover nature just steps from the city.  We’re located on about 80 acres surrounded by the Rock River, Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek, and you’ll find scenic beauty during every season. The campus offers a 5-acre prairie restoration, trails, learning gardens, pollinator gardens and programs are held throughout the year for all ages and interests! Visit our calendar to see all we have to offer and come see us soon!

Upcoming Events

City Nature Challenge Hike

Enjoy a staff guided hike and learn how you can contribute to science by participating in the City Nature Challenge! Join over 60,000 nature enthusiasts worldwide as we post pictures […]

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Apr 26, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am

815 Outside Sunset Soiree

Join 815 Outside partner organizations for guided hikes and celebrations as we kick off City Nature Challenge and wrap up the 815 Outside program. Guided hikes will leave from the […]

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Apr 26, 2024 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday Work Day

We need volunteers to help support and sustain this organization. From planting gardens, pulling weeds, trimming trails, or helping with events – there are so many ways to lend a […]

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May 01, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bird Club

Practice the art of noticing details while connecting with nature. This beginner-friendly bird outing will include an introduction to birding and guided stroll on our Rock River Birding & Hiking […]

$5.00
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May 03, 2024 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Intro to Letterboxing

Letterboxing is a hobby started in Dartmoor England in the 1800s. It combines art, along with outdoor fun, history, and treasure hunting. Come learn about this joyful, worldwide activity and […]

$5.00
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May 05, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Wednesday Work Day

We need volunteers to help support and sustain this organization. From planting gardens, pulling weeds, trimming trails, or helping with events – there are so many ways to lend a […]

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May 08, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday Work Day

We need volunteers to help support and sustain this organization. From planting gardens, pulling weeds, trimming trails, or helping with events – there are so many ways to lend a […]

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May 15, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday Work Day

We need volunteers to help support and sustain this organization. From planting gardens, pulling weeds, trimming trails, or helping with events – there are so many ways to lend a […]

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May 22, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Land Acknowledgement

Nature At The Confluence acknowledges that we occupy ancestral Ho-Chunk land, where their people lived at Ke-chunk-nee-shun-nuk-ra, or Turtle village, until an 1832 treaty forced them to cede this territory. For decades federal and state governments repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin and Illinois. Through our programs we seek to educate visitors about the Ho-Chunk’s legacy of resilience, and honor their ancestors that cherished this land. 

Latest News

Eagle Update at The Confluence

Eagle Update at The Confluence

Written by: Camille Ledoux (March 2024) The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since June 20, 1782. Nature At The Confluence has been lucky enough to be a cherished habitat for a nice pair of bald eagles. Before catching up on our resident...

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Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

We are able to offer many of our programs thanks to a strong partnership with the South Beloit Public Library. Library Director Brenda Weinberg recently answered questions about the partnership’s value to the community and what’s in store for the future. How long has...

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Views From The Trail

Views From The Trail

Bruce Cawkins (he/him) volunteered to place two trail cameras in our woodland as part of the Master Naturalist program. Bruce achieved the naturalist certification in June through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with Welty Environmental Center....

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Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Patrick Rochester (he/him) expects to receive his Eagle Scout award this month (November 2023) after leading an expansion of the Eagle Nest Play Area. The approximately 30-by-17 foot area has additional mulch, new signs, and a tic-tac-toe board. Patrick and his team...

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