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!

Sep
26
Wed
The Golden Hour : FALL – Cameras At The Confluence Photographer Meetup @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Golden Hour : FALL
Wed, Sept 26, 6-7pm
Sunset is at 6:45 – you may want to come early to scout subjects to shoot as the light gets lower.

As days grow shorter, the skies at sunset glow with the most spectacular hues, blooming with pinks, reds and oranges. Come join other photographers to try to capture that “golden hour’ glow.

Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

  • Open to all levels of photographers – from beginners to experts.
  • This is a free event open to area photographers.
  • No registration required.

 

 

 

 

Sep
28
Fri
Nature Poetry & Prose With Natural Land Institute @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by Natural Land Institute In Partnership with Nature at the Confluence

Be inspired by literary works featuring poetry and prose about nature as you listen to the writers read their creative compositions that celebrate time in nature and commemorate their experiences with and observations of the natural world. This event will also be a book launch for an anthology of poetry and prose works from past participating writers. Please join us for this exciting fall evening event at Nature at the Confluence.

Cost: FREE for NLI members, $5 for non-members

Registration requested by Thursday, September 27: call 815/964-6666  – Click Here to Register

Sep
29
Sat
Fall Clean Up At The Confluence @ Nature at the Confluence
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Pitch in and help us get the Nature Center ready for fall and winter!

  • We’ll be doing weed pulling, garden clearing, and helping put away garden items for the winter.
  • We’ll be treating our wonderful volunteers with delicious Apple Cider Donuts and Apple Cider!
  • All ages welcome! Bring gloves, and any favorite tools for trimming and pulling.

Please help us plan ahead and  Register at this link

 

 

Sep
30
Sun
Drawing From Nature : Art Classes @ Nature at the Confluence
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Creativity At The Confluence presents this 5-week drawing course with a focus on the natural world

This 5-week course is the perfect opportunity for you to become comfortable drawing from nature. This introductory course will cover the  fundamentals of drawing as they apply to depicting nature, and landscapes. The courses are taught by Lemon Wood, an artist currently studying at Beloit College.

Cost: $65 with all supplies | $45 if you bring your own supplies | $5 to attend only Sept 30 Introductory Class if you want to preview this course)

Preregistration required, please register below

Ages: 14 through adult

Course Objectives
-To become familiar with the basic methods, techniques, & tools of drawing
-To take part in a community of artists
-To delve into the challenging and nuanced process of drawing

Course Methods
-Practice & repetition
-Experimentation & discovery based looking
-Observational skills
-Group support & critique

Included Supplies:
-12×18 in Sketchpad
-Winsor & Newton Vine Charcoal – Extra Soft, Pack of 12
-General’s Kimberly Drawing Pencil Set – Assorted Hardness, Set of 10
-Kneaded Eraser
-Extra Soft Eraser

Schedule
Sun, Sept 30, 1:30-3:30pm: Introduction to materials, basic technique, and an overview of the general class objectives. (Note: you can register to only attend this Introductory Class if you want to preview this course.)
Oct 7, 1:30-3:30pm: Gesture drawing demo and discussion of form, shadow, and light, then three 20 minute drawings.
Oct 14, 1:30-3:30pm: Contour drawing explanation and demo followed by a series of 1-15 minute drawings, blind contour and critique of the last two classes work.
Oct 21, 1:30-3:30pm: Intro to Landscapes, structure, depicting space. Four 20 minute drawings and critique.
Oct 28, 1:30-3:30pm: One 10 minute drawing three 30 minute drawings and final critique.

Register Below

  • Registration

    Please note that you can register for the Sept 30 Introductory Class, but space is limited for the whole 5-week series and may fill up. Do not select the Sept 30 Introductory Class if you are planning to attend all 5 weeks.
  • Price: $65.00 Quantity:
    11 spots remaining.
  • Price: $45.00 Quantity:
    12 spots remaining.
  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
    10 spots remaining.
  • $0.00

 

 

Oct
4
Thu
Campfire Desserts with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for some outdoor fall fun around the fire. You’ll enjoy a collection of some fresh roasted campfire desserts, a fire, craft and games will be included.

This fun program is offered by Welty Environmental Center. Please register below:

Click Here To Register
Oct
7
Sun
Drawing From Nature : Art Classes @ Nature at the Confluence
Oct 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Creativity At The Confluence presents this 5-week drawing course with a focus on the natural world

This 5-week course is the perfect opportunity for you to become comfortable drawing from nature. This introductory course will cover the  fundamentals of drawing as they apply to depicting nature, and landscapes. The courses are taught by Lemon Wood, an artist currently studying at Beloit College.

Cost: $65 with all supplies | $45 if you bring your own supplies | $5 to attend only Sept 30 Introductory Class if you want to preview this course)

Preregistration required, please register below

Ages: 14 through adult

Course Objectives
-To become familiar with the basic methods, techniques, & tools of drawing
-To take part in a community of artists
-To delve into the challenging and nuanced process of drawing

Course Methods
-Practice & repetition
-Experimentation & discovery based looking
-Observational skills
-Group support & critique

Included Supplies:
-12×18 in Sketchpad
-Winsor & Newton Vine Charcoal – Extra Soft, Pack of 12
-General’s Kimberly Drawing Pencil Set – Assorted Hardness, Set of 10
-Kneaded Eraser
-Extra Soft Eraser

Schedule
Sun, Sept 30, 1:30-3:30pm: Introduction to materials, basic technique, and an overview of the general class objectives. (Note: you can register to only attend this Introductory Class if you want to preview this course.)
Oct 7, 1:30-3:30pm: Gesture drawing demo and discussion of form, shadow, and light, then three 20 minute drawings.
Oct 14, 1:30-3:30pm: Contour drawing explanation and demo followed by a series of 1-15 minute drawings, blind contour and critique of the last two classes work.
Oct 21, 1:30-3:30pm: Intro to Landscapes, structure, depicting space. Four 20 minute drawings and critique.
Oct 28, 1:30-3:30pm: One 10 minute drawing three 30 minute drawings and final critique.

Register Below

  • Registration

    Please note that you can register for the Sept 30 Introductory Class, but space is limited for the whole 5-week series and may fill up. Do not select the Sept 30 Introductory Class if you are planning to attend all 5 weeks.
  • Price: $65.00 Quantity:
    11 spots remaining.
  • Price: $45.00 Quantity:
    12 spots remaining.
  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
    10 spots remaining.
  • $0.00

 

 

Oct
14
Sun
Drawing From Nature : Art Classes @ Nature at the Confluence
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Creativity At The Confluence presents this 5-week drawing course with a focus on the natural world

This 5-week course is the perfect opportunity for you to become comfortable drawing from nature. This introductory course will cover the  fundamentals of drawing as they apply to depicting nature, and landscapes. The courses are taught by Lemon Wood, an artist currently studying at Beloit College.

Cost: $65 with all supplies | $45 if you bring your own supplies | $5 to attend only Sept 30 Introductory Class if you want to preview this course)

Preregistration required, please register below

Ages: 14 through adult

Course Objectives
-To become familiar with the basic methods, techniques, & tools of drawing
-To take part in a community of artists
-To delve into the challenging and nuanced process of drawing

Course Methods
-Practice & repetition
-Experimentation & discovery based looking
-Observational skills
-Group support & critique

Included Supplies:
-12×18 in Sketchpad
-Winsor & Newton Vine Charcoal – Extra Soft, Pack of 12
-General’s Kimberly Drawing Pencil Set – Assorted Hardness, Set of 10
-Kneaded Eraser
-Extra Soft Eraser

Schedule
Sun, Sept 30, 1:30-3:30pm: Introduction to materials, basic technique, and an overview of the general class objectives. (Note: you can register to only attend this Introductory Class if you want to preview this course.)
Oct 7, 1:30-3:30pm: Gesture drawing demo and discussion of form, shadow, and light, then three 20 minute drawings.
Oct 14, 1:30-3:30pm: Contour drawing explanation and demo followed by a series of 1-15 minute drawings, blind contour and critique of the last two classes work.
Oct 21, 1:30-3:30pm: Intro to Landscapes, structure, depicting space. Four 20 minute drawings and critique.
Oct 28, 1:30-3:30pm: One 10 minute drawing three 30 minute drawings and final critique.

Register Below

  • Registration

    Please note that you can register for the Sept 30 Introductory Class, but space is limited for the whole 5-week series and may fill up. Do not select the Sept 30 Introductory Class if you are planning to attend all 5 weeks.
  • Price: $65.00 Quantity:
    11 spots remaining.
  • Price: $45.00 Quantity:
    12 spots remaining.
  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
    10 spots remaining.
  • $0.00

 

 

Oct
18
Thu
Community Fire & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Fire and Drum & Percussion Circle

Join in the fun each month on the 3rd Thursday, May-Oct, 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!