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

Monarch Monitoring

Become a community scientist by joining our staff in monitoring our monarch population. Drop in on Tuesdays at 4:00pm for a walk through a prairie where we practice protocol from […]

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Jul 23, 2024 4:00 pm - 4:45 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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Jul 24, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pages & Paths

Enjoy the benefits of a book club without the commitment, with the added bonus of exploring the great outdoors! Join us on Wednesdays as we take time to stretch our […]

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Jul 24, 2024 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Little Science Storytime

Our summer story time with the South Beloit Public Library returns! Join us on Friday mornings or Sunday afternoons for reading and activity time under our cottonwood tree. Recommended for […]

$5
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Jul 26, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Splash Parties

Cool off at The Confluence with some classic summer fun! Borrow a pair of rubber boots to explore the muddy woodland trails, enjoy a picnic at the pavilion, and splash […]

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Jul 26, 2024 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Little Science Storytime

Our summer story time with the South Beloit Public Library returns! Join us on Friday mornings or Sunday afternoons for reading and activity time under our cottonwood tree. Recommended for […]

$5
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Jul 28, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Monarch Monitoring

Become a community scientist by joining our staff in monitoring our monarch population. Drop in on Tuesdays at 4:00pm for a walk through a prairie where we practice protocol from […]

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Jul 30, 2024 4:00 pm - 4:45 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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Jul 31, 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

The Anatomy of a River

The Anatomy of a River

Written by Thaddeus Skarr (July 2024) Kelly Creek, captured by Julie Uram “It is not possible to step in the same river twice.” Plutarch, paraphrasing Haraclitus, On the E at Delphi   A river is a thing of change - each time one steps into a river, it is new...

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Turtles Through the Seasons

Turtles Through the Seasons

Written by Thaddeus Skarr (June 2024) Turtles are a fixture of Nature At The Confluence (it’s called Turtle Creek for a reason). Several species are known to inhabit the waters of Turtle Creek, Kelly Creek, and the Rock River, including the colorful painted turtle...

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Seventeen Year Cicadas at The Confluence

Seventeen Year Cicadas at The Confluence

Written by: Claire Milsted (May 2024). Claire is a visiting assistant professor of biology at Beloit College, where she teaches botany, genetics and evolution, and conservation biology. She grew up in Chicago and received her PhD in plant biological sciences from...

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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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