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 [email protected]

Click the “Categories” button below to see programs and events specifically for youth, adults, families, and free programs!

Apr
25
Thu
Cameras At The Confluence: “Macro Photography – A Budding Topic” with Cindy Vondran @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 25, 6:00 p.m., “Macro Photography – A Budding Topic”, Spring has so much life bursting onto the scene and one of the most incredible ways to photograph it is by way of macro photography. Macro photography is the art of photographing objects extremely close-up. Award-winning photographer Cindy Vondron is our featured photographer. You can view her work at her website.

Cameras At The Confluence is free monthly program that features a new photography topic each month with special guest speakers and experts. Participants will have time to discuss and try new techniques and share tips during the program. This free program, held at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, Ill, is open to area photographers of all skill levels and no registration is required. Beloit photographer Mark Preuschl will be the facilitator at each program and each month a photographer that specializes in the monthly topic will be the guest presenter.

About Cindy Vondran:

Cindy has always lived in Northern Illinois, she was born in Freeport, and currently resided in Rockton where she lives with her husband of 41 years.  She received her BFA at Rockford College in 2013.  She has won 20 International awards, including 5 in the International Garden Photographer of the Year.  Her work is exhibited all over the US and Europe, and has been published numerous times.  She just certified as an Illinois Master Gardener.   She loves shooting all kinds of subjects, but especially flowers. She is currently working on setting up garden photography workshops at various gardens across the US and Canada.

Other Cameras At The Confluence programs

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., “Late Spring & Urban Landscapes”, Featured photographer to be announced.

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m., “Night Lights”, We’ll use ground fountain fireworks, sparklers, and a blazing fire in the fireplace to set up opportunities for photographer to practice and learn new techniques. Featured photographer to be announced.

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., “Zoom, Zoom!” – When to zoom, when not to zoom. Featured photographer to be announced.

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m., “Light, Camera, Action!”, Sports photography, action shooting. Featured photographer to be announced.

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 p.m., “Capturing Color and the Golden Hour”, Get ready to capture the beautiful colors of fall! Featured photographer to be announced.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m., “How to Shoot People”, Portrait Photography. Featured photographer to be announced.

Saturday, November 16, 2:30 p.m., “Available Light” features holiday shooting. Get ready to capture the colors the season. This is the end of season social, with light refreshments, and opportunity to give feedback and give ideas for new subjects for 2020. Featured photographer to be announced.

For more information email [email protected] or call 815-200-6910. All programs are held at at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL.

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Apr
27
Sat
Free Oak and Red Bud Sapling Giveaway @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence celebrates Earth Day with a Free Oak Sapling and Eastern Red Bud Sampling distribution.

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m – Free Oak & Eastern Red Bud Sapling Distribution – Take home a free bare-root oak sapling or Eastern Red Bud to plant as part of Rock River Trail’s efforts to restore habitat along this 320-mile National Water Trail. (available while supplies last) – Learn more about this effort by the Rock River Trail.

For more information you can email [email protected]

Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day – Ages 7-11 @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day - Ages 7-11 @ Nature at the Confluence | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village 

Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day, Saturday,  April 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m.,

Oral storytelling is one way that Ho-Chunk culture, traditions, and language are passed down from generation to generation. The featured story is the “The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute”. Storytelling and an art project are part of this program for ages 7-11. Free program is funded  through a grant from Col. Robert H.Morse Foundation.

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320 Miles of Adventures On The Rock River Trail Presentation @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Come hear the tales from the Rock River Trail from paddlers Gary Meier, Terry Meyers and Perry Folts of Beloit, WI.
You’ll learn about the paddling adventures these three paddlers had while paddling the 320 miles of the Rock River Trail. They started their journey in 2017, launching from Beloit to tackle the Illinois portion of the journey. In 2018 they headed out to finish the trail on the Wisconsin portion. Learn more about the Rock River Trail.
► Video Debut! As a bonus, you’ll be the first people to see the new Rock River Trail video!
► Free event. Register below reserve your spot, as only 50 spots will be made available.
► Free Oak sapling giveaway by the Rock River Trail – while supplies last
►The Rock River Trail was established in 2010 to promote recreational use of all 320 miles of the Rock River. In 2013, it was designated by the National Park Service as the nation’s 10th National Water Trail.

Register below

May
2
Thu
Nature Drawing Workshops for Ages 13-Adult @ Nature at the Confluence
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re offering 3 Nature-based drawing classes for which you can sign up individually for $15 each or you can sign up for all three at once for $35 total.
Ages: Ages 13 to Adult

May 2 – 6:30 to 8pm – Landscape Gesture Drawing!
Working in charcoal we will discuss the steps through which a successful gesture drawing is made and how that then translates into landscape drawings. In addition to other helpful tips regarding observation and technique.

May 9- 6:30 to 8pm- Trees!
The beauty of a tree is tough to capture on paper, this workshop will provide tips and tricks into depicting massive wonders. We will discuss the anatomy of drawing a tree and practice these techniques as well as receive feedback throughout the process.

May 16 – 6:30 to 8pm- Birds!
Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and each one creates its own challenges when it comes to portrayal. Join this workshop for a crash-course on bird anatomy and effective ways to capture our flying friends on paper.

These workshops will be lead by Lemon Wood an artist at Beloit College.

You are asked to bring your own sketchbooks (if you have them, if not, there will be some paper available) and Lemon will provide all of the drawing utensils you will need.

Register Below

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May
4
Sat
Walk With Me Among My Homelands: Hear the Echoes of My Ancestors @ Nature at the Confluence
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village

Janice Rice, a member of Ho-Chunk Nation, invites you to listen and envision a walk amidst the beauty of her ancestral homelands. Rice is a retired librarian with a focus on American Indian resources, literature, culture, history, language preservation & revitalization. $5 suggested donation.

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May
9
Thu
Nature Drawing Workshops for Ages 13-Adult @ Nature at the Confluence
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re offering 3 Nature-based drawing classes for which you can sign up individually for $15 each or you can sign up for all three at once for $35 total.
Ages: Ages 13 to Adult

May 2 – 6:30 to 8pm – Landscape Gesture Drawing!
Working in charcoal we will discuss the steps through which a successful gesture drawing is made and how that then translates into landscape drawings. In addition to other helpful tips regarding observation and technique.

May 9- 6:30 to 8pm- Trees!
The beauty of a tree is tough to capture on paper, this workshop will provide tips and tricks into depicting massive wonders. We will discuss the anatomy of drawing a tree and practice these techniques as well as receive feedback throughout the process.

May 16 – 6:30 to 8pm- Birds!
Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and each one creates its own challenges when it comes to portrayal. Join this workshop for a crash-course on bird anatomy and effective ways to capture our flying friends on paper.

These workshops will be lead by Lemon Wood an artist at Beloit College.

You are asked to bring your own sketchbooks (if you have them, if not, there will be some paper available) and Lemon will provide all of the drawing utensils you will need.

Register Below

  • $0.00
May
16
Thu
Nature Drawing Workshops for Ages 13-Adult @ Nature at the Confluence
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We’re offering 3 Nature-based drawing classes for which you can sign up individually for $15 each or you can sign up for all three at once for $35 total.
Ages: Ages 13 to Adult

May 2 – 6:30 to 8pm – Landscape Gesture Drawing!
Working in charcoal we will discuss the steps through which a successful gesture drawing is made and how that then translates into landscape drawings. In addition to other helpful tips regarding observation and technique.

May 9- 6:30 to 8pm- Trees!
The beauty of a tree is tough to capture on paper, this workshop will provide tips and tricks into depicting massive wonders. We will discuss the anatomy of drawing a tree and practice these techniques as well as receive feedback throughout the process.

May 16 – 6:30 to 8pm- Birds!
Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and each one creates its own challenges when it comes to portrayal. Join this workshop for a crash-course on bird anatomy and effective ways to capture our flying friends on paper.

These workshops will be lead by Lemon Wood an artist at Beloit College.

You are asked to bring your own sketchbooks (if you have them, if not, there will be some paper available) and Lemon will provide all of the drawing utensils you will need.

Register Below

  • $0.00
May
23
Thu
Cameras At The Confluence: Late Spring & Urban Landscapes @ Nature at the Confluence
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., “”, Featured photographer to be announced.

Cameras At The Confluence is free monthly program that features a new photography topic each month with special guest speakers and experts. Participants will have time to discuss and try new techniques and share tips during the program.

This free program, held at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, Ill, is open to area photographers of all skill levels and no registration is required.

Beloit photographer Mark Preuschl will be the facilitator at each program and each month a photographer that specializes in the monthly topic will be the guest presenter.

Other Cameras At The Confluence programs

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m., “Night Lights”, We’ll use ground fountain fireworks, sparklers, and a blazing fire in the fireplace to set up opportunities for photographer to practice and learn new techniques. Featured photographer to be announced.

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., “Zoom, Zoom!” – When to zoom, when not to zoom. Featured photographer to be announced.

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m., “Light, Camera, Action!”, Sports photography, action shooting. Featured photographer to be announced.

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 p.m., “Capturing Color and the Golden Hour”, Get ready to capture the beautiful colors of fall! Featured photographer to be announced.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m., “How to Shoot People”, Portrait Photography. Featured photographer to be announced.

Saturday, November 16, 2:30 p.m., “Available Light” features holiday shooting. Get ready to capture the colors the season. This is the end of season social, with light refreshments, and opportunity to give feedback and give ideas for new subjects for 2020. Featured photographer to be announced.

For more information email [email protected] or call 815-200-6910. All programs are held at at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL.

Sign Up To Receive Cameras At The Confluence Emails 

May
25
Sat
Intro to Fly Fishing Program @ Nature at the Confluence
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn for all ages.  

In this basic intro course you’ll get tips on how to choose fly fishing gear & tackle, where to fish, how to safely release fish  and more in this program offered by Joshua Glovinsky, owner of Midwest Fishing Adventures.

After the indoor program, we’ll head outside where you’ll have an opportunity to practice casting on the land, then head to the creek for an on-water demo by Josh.  As you’ll be only casting on land, no fishing license is needed.

Ages: Adults and Youth 14 and up

$5 per person  – must pre-register below to reserve your spot

About Josh Glovinsky Since 2012, Josh spends every free moment chasing Smallmouth and Northern Pike on the watersheds of Northern Illinois. He is an advocate for conservation and practices catch, photo and release. He says “Just a little over 8 years ago I fell in love with Fly Fishing on a guided fly fishing trip for carp on Lake Michigan. Every waking moment since landing my first carp on the fly has been consumed with thoughts of fly fishing. It has become an addiction that has literally kept me sane as I try to balance working full time, teaching at RVC part time, and raising two little ones.”

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