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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]

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Apr
20
Fri
Film Screening – Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

green fire filmCurt Meine, narrator of film will be featured guest speaker

Nature At The Confluence is pleased to screen the newly released film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time with special guest Curt Meine, director for conservation biology and history with the Center for Humans and Nature, senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, and the film’s on-screen guide and narrator. This film is presented in cooperation with Center for Humans and Nature.

Where: Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, South Beloit, IL
When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Seating Begins at 6:30pm and ends at 6:45pm
Screening Begins: 7:00pm
Film discussion with Curt Meine immediately following film.
Tickets: $5 – Seating is limited! Register below

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time  is the first full-length high definitio documentary on Aldo Leopold, prominent early twentieth century conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac. This Emmy Award-winning film explores Leopold’s experience through the development of his idea of a “land ethic.” It follows his life story through places he lived and worked, quotations from his writing, and interviews with his children. The filmmakers weave this story from the past into the present, directing us toward the future as we attempt to implement Leopold’s land ethic in the context of a changing climate. Green Fire connects us with the history of the conservation and environmental movement through the life of Leopold and the influence he had on so many fields.

Leopold’s land ethic encourages us to view land not as a commodity belonging to us, but as a community to which we belong. He invites us to enlarge our ethic of right relationship with other human beings to include the soil, the water, the animals and plants, and the other resources that make up our world — what he called the land community.  Click here to view movie trailer.

Seating is limited for this special event. A suggested donation of $5 will support Nature At The Confluence’s Green Team restoration efforts

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Apr
21
Sat
Earth Day Community Planting Project : Plant it. Grow it! @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’ll have the chance to both Plant It and Grow It at our Earth Day Community Planting Project!

Plant It – we’ll be digging in and planting bare root trees and shrubs. Come help us work towards improving our certified “Wildlife Habit” as we add trees and shrubs that provide food and cover for wildlife. Bring shovels, gloves and sturdy shoes and get ready to dig in!

Grow It – We’ll be offering free Milkweed seedlings for you to grow in your own yard. You’ll also be able to help sow a few seeds in pots to help expand our pollinator garden.

All ages are welcome pitch in! No registration required. Come when you can, stay as long as you like. 

Free Oak Tree Sapling Distribution @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a free oak tree!

Nature At The Confluence will distribute 200 free bare-root bur oak and swamp oak saplings as part of the Rock River Trail Initiative’s efforts to restore habitat along the Rock River.

The public is invited to pick up the free bare-root oak saplings at Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). Each sapling is 1 to 2 feet long and will need to be planted within a few days of pick up.

This year 5,000 trees tree will be distributed by volunteers from the Rock River Trail Initiative along the Rock River corridor to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Chad Pregracke, president of Living Lands and Waters’ One Million Trees program, has donated 70,000 trees to the Rock River Trail Initiative over the last eight years. It is the desire of the Rock River Trail that the trees should be planted within sight of the Rock River or near the mouth of one of its tributaries, such as Turtle Creek.

About The Rock River Trail

The Rock River Trail Initiative established a National Water Trail along the 320 miles of the Rock River, from its source above the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to its mouth at the Quad Cities in Illinois. This was achieved March 11, 2013, when Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis made the designation including the Rock River Trail in the National Water Trail System. The Rock River Water Trail was the 10th trail in the nation to achieve such a distinction.

 

 

Apr
22
Sun
Free Oak Tree Sapling Distribution @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a free oak tree!

Nature At The Confluence will distribute 200 free bare-root bur oak and swamp oak saplings as part of the Rock River Trail Initiative’s efforts to restore habitat along the Rock River.

The public is invited to pick up the free bare-root oak saplings at Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). Each sapling is 1 to 2 feet long and will need to be planted within a few days of pick up.

This year 5,000 trees tree will be distributed by volunteers from the Rock River Trail Initiative along the Rock River corridor to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Chad Pregracke, president of Living Lands and Waters’ One Million Trees program, has donated 70,000 trees to the Rock River Trail Initiative over the last eight years. It is the desire of the Rock River Trail that the trees should be planted within sight of the Rock River or near the mouth of one of its tributaries, such as Turtle Creek.

About The Rock River Trail

The Rock River Trail Initiative established a National Water Trail along the 320 miles of the Rock River, from its source above the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to its mouth at the Quad Cities in Illinois. This was achieved March 11, 2013, when Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis made the designation including the Rock River Trail in the National Water Trail System. The Rock River Water Trail was the 10th trail in the nation to achieve such a distinction.

Geocaching Adventures : Seek Adventures in Your Own Backyard Series @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt!

Terri Gile with a Geocache discovery!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enable devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Terri Gile and Brian Gile and their extended family have been Geocaching for many years and would like to share their adventures and encourage you to get out and try it! It’s a great activity for all ages, whether you go solo or bring the whole family. The Gile family has had 4 generations go on their adventures together! There are many geocaches all around the Stateline area, but they can also be found all over the world!  Learn more at Geocaching.com

Register below!

  • This is a great program for individuals, groups and families.
  • This is part of our “Seek Adventure In Your Own Backyard Series”.
  • $5 suggested donation at the door.

Registration

 

 

 

Backpacking in the Midwest | Outdoor Adventure Education Series @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Rocktown Adventures and Nature at the Confluence as we present the “Outdoor Adventure Education Series”.

This 4 part series will have an interactive presentation on a different outdoor recreation topic each month thru April. The topic for April is Backpacking in the Midwest.

Details: One hour presentation on what you need to know to start planning a backpacking trip in the Midwest. We are lucky we have great locations to explore without having to travel long distances. Learn about the gear you need, best practices for packing, physical conditioning required, and potential destinations. We have a few trips planned for 2018, so get a head start on your planning.

SEED: The Untold Story movie screening – Earth Day Celebration @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In honor of Earth Day we are pleased to present this remarkable film that was produced and directed by Taggart Siegel, a 1981 Beloit College alumni. 

BONUS! You’ll also learn about Beloit Public Library’s (and Arrowhead System) new seed library where you can check out seeds!

“Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.”

Taggart Siegel (Beloit College, ’81) is the Director/Producer of SEED: The Untold Story. He has produced and directed Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentaries including QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN.

Click here to view movie trailer.

Where: Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, South Beloit, IL
When: Sunday, April 20, 2018
Seating Begins at 5:30pm and ends at 5:45pm
Screening Begins: 6:00pm

Tickets: Free – A suggested donation of $5 will support Nature At The Confluence’s Green Team restoration efforts
Seating is limited! Register below

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Apr
25
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Apr
29
Sun
Turtle Creek Fishing Adventures : Seek Adventures in Your Own Backyard @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wet Feet = Great Fishing!

Josh with one of his Turtle Creek bass. (photo by Joe Bursinger)

Want to know how to get to the fish on Turtle Creek? You could get into a kayak, or better yet, get right into the water! Josh Oldenburg grew up fishing on Turtle Creek and over the years he’s perfected and honed his skills. His preferred method to get to the fish is walking while fishing. In this program Josh will tell you about what a great fishery Turtle Creek is,  and he’ll share some tales about what he’s caught,  what he caught them on and what gear you’ll need. If creek levels permit, Josh will walk right into Turtle Creek to show you some of his techniques. He might even share his favorite way to fry up his fresh catch!

  • $5 suggested donation at the door.
  • Donations support our Stream Team programs.
  • Register below!
  • This is part of our “Seek Adventure In Your Own Backyard Series”.
Kayak Fishing Adventures : Tips and Tactics to Make You a Better Kayak Angler @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Tips and Tactics to Make you a Better Kayak Angler!

Whether you’re a seasoned kayak angler, or just thinking about trying it out, you’ll learn some great tips and tactics in this seminar.

Colin Belle, Hobie Kayak Fishing Team Midwest

Join Colin Belle of Hobie Kayak Fishing Team Midwest for an in-depth kayak fishing seminar that will cover basics as well as advanced tactics to help you catch more fish on any water – creek, rivers or lakes.

Colin will present tips on choosing the right kayak for your fishing needs, how to rig it, and choose the right electronics and safety equipment to keep you safe while enjoying your time on the water.

Colin lives in Northern Illinois and spends most of his time on Wisconsin waters chasing trophy bass and king salmon on Lake Michigan in his Hobie Kayak.

There will be time for questions after the presentation.

  • $5 suggested donation at the door.
  • Donations support our Stream Team programs.
  • Register below!
  • This is part of our “Seek Adventure In Your Own Backyard Series”.

Register Now!

May
2
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

May
6
Sun
Mason Bee House Program | Make & Take @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Mason Bees are Nature’s Best Pollinators!

Be a pollinator hero and also boost your garden’s productivity by creating and hanging a home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee!  Female Mason bees fill the tubes in the home with their eggs, and nectar and pollen for the young to eat.

Beekeeper and author Cinder Roherty will tell you all about Mason bees and guide you through the process of creating a Mason Bee House. All supplies are provided. Cindy has authored the book “Bee-ing Lily” among other titles.

  • This program is for all ages – Children ages 6 through Adults.
  • It is a great family project – adults must accompany children ages 6-12.
  • Each house is $6.
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