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
14
Sun
The Reclusive Native Cat – The Bobcat @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bobcat photo from the IL DNR website

Presented by Jennifer Kuroda, Founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation

Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tail, are about twice the size of a common house cat. They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds. They are mostly nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas. Once hunted almost to extinction in the Midwest, bobcats have been making a comeback over the past 40 years.

In this talk, Jennifer will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception, and management. Information about the ongoing bobcat population study by Dr. Jacques at Western Illinois University will also be discussed.

Jennifer will have a table of items that includes scat, skull, etc. She will offer a bobcat tracking activity to kids following the presentation.

BIO: Jennifer Kuroda is the founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation. She received her B.S. from the Rockford University and is a life-long resident of Rockford, Illinois. She serves on the Board of the Sinnissippi Audubon and has been a nature lover since she was a young girl.

Apr
16
Tue
April Showers! Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Where does water go? Where does it all come from? Come play games that help us better understand the water cycle, I.D. cloud types, and investigate local runoff and drainage into Kelly Creek and Turtle Creek.

All ages welcome.

This fun program is offered by Welty Environmental Center. Register using the link below or call 608-362-6212

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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Jun
2
Sun
“Bears, Bees & Honey Tea Party” | Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • “Bears, Bees & Honey Tea Party”  is our theme for this special Nature Kids program.
  • Bring your favorite bear or other stuffed animal and a blanket or beach towel along for this Tea Party where you’ll learn all about how special bees are!
  • We’ll have a tea party under the shade of The Big Tree, where you’ll enjoy tasting organic herbal tea and lemonade sweetened naturally with local honey.
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and free play at our Pop Up Discovery Stops
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation

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Jun
8
Sat
Who Once Lived Here? | Ke-Chunk Village At The Confluence @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Who Once Lived Here? |  Ke-Chunk Village At The Confluence

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

This program will also be offered on Sunday, August 11 and Saturday, September  7 at 1:00 p.m.

At the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River there once was a very large Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) settlement called Ke-Chunk (Kečąk) or Turtle Village. The Ho-Chunk lived all along Turtle Creek until 1832. “We Once Lived Here: The Ho-Chunk at Ke-Chunk Village” series features a variety of programs held throughout the year at Nature At The Confluence that highlights the culture and heritage of historic and contemporary Native American Indians.  Come learn what we know about Turtle Village and why people called this area home. We’ll start indoors with a visual presentation, and then walk the confluence property to learn more (less than quarter mile).

Presented by Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, Nature At The Confluence.

  • $5 suggested donation.
  • Program for all ages.

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Jun
15
Sat
Youth & Dad Fly Fishing Intro Class @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring Dad out on Father’s Day weekend to learn a new skill you can enjoy together! Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn for all ages.

In this basic intro course you’ll get fly fishing tips and will have an opportunity to practice casting on the land, then head to the creek for an on-water demo and to try fly casting. No fishing license is needed, as this Illinois’ Free Fishing Weekend.

You’ll also get tips on how to choose gear & tackle, where to fish, how to safely release fish and more in this program offered by Joshua Glovinsky, owner of Midwest Fishing Adventures.

$10 for up to 3 people in family – must pre-register below to reserve your spots.

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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Jun
18
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jun
20
Thu
Community Fire & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Fire and Drum & Percussion Circle

Join in the fun each month on the 3rd Thursday, June-Sept, 6:30-8:00pm. 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!

  • Different themes each month.
  • Free S’mores are always part of the fun.
  • No registration, Free event!
  • Fun for the whole family!
Jun
25
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jun
29
Sat
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods: “Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing” – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • “Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing”  is our theme for this special program
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation

Would you like to receive updates on new Nature Kids programs? Sign up below.

Jul
2
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jul
7
Sun
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods: “What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden?” – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • “What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden?”  is our theme for this special program
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation

Would you like to receive updates on new Nature Kids programs? Sign up below.