Calendar

There’s many ways to learn, explore, experience nature and have fun at the Confluence Learning Center!

Would you like to see a program here or hold a program? Please email info@natureattheconfluence.com

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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 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Nature at the Confluence
Looking for a fun Spring project to do? Expand your plant identification skills while making pressed plant art! We will go outside on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press[...]
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[...]
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
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 of the confluence land! Then[...]
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program where kids will learn to fish in Turtle Creek and the Rock River Confluence. As part of Woods of Wonder, kids will get to feel worms and[...]
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
If this land could talk it would tell you about the people that cared for it, revered it, cried for it, dreamed of it, and shaped it over the millennia. The people of Ke-Chunk, a[...]
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Whether you’re a seasoned drummer, or have never picked up a drum, you are invited to participate! We have all kinds of fun percussion instruments for you to try! Free S’mores are always part of[...]
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Become a Master of the Woods of Wonder! You’ll learn how to make and follow a map, use a compass, and will find and follow trails. You’ll also learn about how people marked trails in[...]
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
The Mysterious Owl with Hoo Haven Who’s the silent master of the night woods? Come find out when you meet Hoo Haven’s owl ambassadors in this fun interactive family program! Registration required! Children must be[...]
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
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 of the confluence land! Then[...]
Jul 11 @ 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[...]
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature at the Confluence
Illinois Folk Singer Bucky Halker will  have you spellbound as he musically weaves the story of the people who labored and lived at the confluence land…from the men who rode the rails and lived in[...]
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Whether you’re a seasoned drummer, or have never picked up a drum, you are invited to participate! We have all kinds of fun percussion instruments for you to try! Free S’mores are always part of[...]
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Amazing Raptors with Hoo Haven Raptors are birds characterized by powerful talons and beaks, and keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight. Come find out about these amazing birds when you meet Hoo[...]
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nature At The Confluence Campus
Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence! Each week features a fun, new theme Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21 Recommended for ages 4-7.[...]
Jul 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Nature At The Confluence Campus
Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program at Nature at the Confluence to learn more about the wonderful lives of rocks. As part of Woods of Wonder, we will explore the nature of rocks.[...]
Jul 30 @ 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[...]