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

FILLED – Guided EarthWalk To Celebrate Earth Day | With 815 Outside

FILLED – Guided EarthWalk To Celebrate Earth Day | With 815 Outside

Join 815 Outside and Nature At The Confluence on Earth Day for a guided tour along the EarthWalk Trail. We’ll walk along the newly installed EarthWalk Trail with stops featuring […]

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Apr 22, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Planting For Pollinators Party – Join Us!

Planting For Pollinators Party – Join Us!

Free

Bring your gardening gloves and trowel and join us for a planting party to improve our Pollinator Garden and Woodland Trail! ► Come any time between 9am and 11am - […]

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May 15, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jr. Explorer Adventures: Discoveries Of Land, River & Sea | Time Travelers Series

Jr. Explorer Adventures: Discoveries Of Land, River & Sea | Time Travelers Series

$15

Time to put on your explorer’s hat! On this Jr. Explorer Adventure kids, ages 7-11, will become part of the Confluence Discovery Team! They'll dig with us into the history […]

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May 15, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Filled! Bird Hike With Audubon featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis

Filled! Bird Hike With Audubon featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis

Free

This event is filled - Sorry! But you can join us for another program at 1pm, "Adventures With Audubon" - register here. Take A Walk With John Audubon! Brian “Fox” […]

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May 16, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am
“Adventures With Audubon” Program with Brian “Fox” Ellis

“Adventures With Audubon” Program with Brian “Fox” Ellis

Free

Come gather 'round as Brian “Fox” Ellis, portraying John Audubon the artist,  weaves stories of his travels in the wildest places on the planet. Listen to tales of his adventures […]

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May 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Starry, Starry Nights | Free Night Hikes & Community Fire

Starry, Starry Nights | Free Night Hikes & Community Fire

Ever wonder what goes on at night in nature? Join us as we explore the nighttime sights, smells, and sounds on this guided hike at Nature At The Confluence. Night […]

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May 19, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Detecting the Past – Metal Detecting Adventure for Kids Ages 10+

Detecting the Past – Metal Detecting Adventure for Kids Ages 10+

$10

Time to put your exploration and detecting hat on! In this fun interactive program you'll learn how to use a metal detector and learn a bit about the amazing history […]

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Jun 05, 2021 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jr. Explorer Adventures: Discoveries Of Land, River & Sea | Time Travelers Series

Jr. Explorer Adventures: Discoveries Of Land, River & Sea | Time Travelers Series

$15

Time to put on your explorer’s hat! On this Jr. Explorer Adventure kids ages 7-11 will become part of the Confluence Discovery Team! They'll dig with us into the history […]

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Jun 15, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Big Birding Day featuring John Audubon – May 16

Big Birding Day featuring John Audubon – May 16

We're bringing Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist to Nature At The Confluence to bring John Audubon to life!   Brian, portraying John Audubon the artist, will be featured in two programs on Sunday,...

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Oak Sapling Giveaway April 17

Oak Sapling Giveaway April 17

Nature At The Confluence celebrates Earth Day with a Free Oak Sapling distribution. Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m - Free Oak &  Sapling Distribution - Take home a free bare-root Bur Oak, Red Oak, or Swamp White Oak sapling to plant...

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