Connecting People With Nature

Nature At The Confluence is a new urban environmental center that opened in 2017. We invite you to stop in for a visit to discover nature right in the middle of an urban area! We’re located on property 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, learning gardens, pollinator gardens and we have programs 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 and Programs

Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Nature at the Confluence
The Confluence area was once home to a “hobo jungle”, a gathering place and encampment of men (and sometimes women) who rode the rails.  We present the PBS documentary Riding the Rails to tell the[...]
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Nature at the Confluence
Nature At The Confluence and the Rock River Trail celebrate Earth Day with a Free Oak Sapling distribution. Saturday, April 18 – 9am-1pm  – Free Oak Sapling Distribution – Take home a free bare-root oak[...]
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
As the VetsRoll coordinator of still photography, Michael Cullen has been capturing the poignant images of the last 6 VetsRolls trips to Washington D.C. Come learn about his experiences on these trips as he shares[...]
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Since 2014 we’ve been planning, planting, clearing trails, and cleaning up trash to transform the nearly 100 acres of derelict property that borders the Rock River, Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek into a beautiful space[...]
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature at the Confluence
People have lived in the Rock River valley ever since the last ice age. Dr. Bill Green presents this program where you’ll learn how the latest archaeological discoveries are adding to our understanding of the[...]
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Who is faster, the tortoise or the hare? Come find out when you meet Hoo Haven’s animal ambassadors in this fun interactive family program! Registration required! Children must be accompanied by an adult.  This program[...]
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Nature at the Confluence
Kurt Van Galder is an accomplished wildlife photographer that has just returned from photographing penguins in Antarctica! But he doesn’t have to travel far to see his favorite subject – the American Bald Eagle. Kurt[...]
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Become A Fire Master! Learn how to survive in the Woods Of Wonder by making a fire! In this hands on program, you’ll learn fire safety, how to start a fire & different types of[...]
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Amazing creatures live in Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek! In this citizen science program kids ages 7-11 will learn about the animals, fish and tiny creatures called macro-invertebrates that live in these streams. They’ll learn[...]
Jun 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program where you’ll head into our “Woods Of Wonder” to do a little birding!. We will use our sense of hearing to learn to identify a few common[...]

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