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!

Oct
24
Tue
Cameras At The Confluence: Photographer Meetup Event @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

Cameras At The Confluence: Photographer Meetup “Exploring Landscapes”

Tues., October 24th , 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Trisha Peters owner of Peters Portrait Art will be your host for this month’s program.

Each month “Cameras At The Confluence” will feature a segment of National Geographic Masters of Photography video course, then have some time to talk and share.

This month’s video learning segment “Exploring Landscapes” is presented by Jim Richardson, a National Geographic landscape photographer who specializes in global environmental issues and landscapes.  We will explore light and composition techniques that we can use to create dynamic images that capture the story that we would like to tell with our landscape photography.

This is a free event open to area photographers. No registration required.

National Geographic Masters of Photography course goes inside the creative process of the industry’s most sought-after photographers as they reveal their working methods, from the planning stages of an assignment through the execution.

The best way to learn any art form, including the art of photography, is by watching a master artist at work. By observing the creative process of a photographer who has truly mastered the trade, you can gain rich insight into how to approach your own images, boost your confidence as you work, and improve your photographs by learning skills that are rarely shared or taught in an ordinary classroom.Even if you’re already a skilled photographer or simply an appreciator of art, the gripping images and stories these esteemed experts share make the experience highly worthwhile. You’ll gain insight on the elaborate process National Geographic photographers go through—both in the technical and artistic sense—from researching and planning a shoot to working a scene and waiting, often for hours, for the right elements to come together.

Oct
25
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 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. 

Oct
27
Fri
Earth, Wind & Fire Community Fireside Program | All Hallow’s Eve Gathering @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

All Hallow’s Eve Fire Gathering

Gather Round the community fire for Storytelling Open Mic with perhaps a few scary stories from Beloit College students, Drum Circle, Carved Pumpkin Contest, and Free S’mores!

The South Beloit Fire Department will be there with a truck, treats and tips for Fire Safety and Halloween Safety.

Local drummers will keep a beat going around the fire throughout the evening and area drummers are welcome to bring their own drum. 

Open Mic Storytelling – all are welcome, but stories must be appropriate for children.

Best Carved Pumpkin Contest – Bring your carved Jack O Lantern to enter into our “Best Carved Pumpkin Contest”. One winner selected by popular vote will receive a $25 gift card. To enter, please bring your pumpkin before 6pm, voting will end at 7:15pm. Winner announced at 7:30pm.

Enjoy S’mores around the fire. Bring Chairs, blankets and get comfy around the fire. No registration needed. Free event.

 

Oct
31
Tue
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
1
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 1 @ 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. 

Nov
4
Sat
Now We’re Cooking! Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Dutch Oven Cooking is a unique and fun way to prepare delicious meals and desserts for your family and friends. Come see how easy it is to prepare crowd-pleasing meals around the campfire and at home using your own cast iron cookware, easy to follow recipes, and simple ingredients!

Traditionally seen as a campfire method of cooking, Dutch Ovens have become popular for home cooking as well, and once you’ve had some basic instruction and a chance to try it, you’ll be preparing great dishes in no time! For those unfamiliar with cast iron cooking methods, using a Dutch Oven to prepare a meal can seem like an intimidating experience. Heating coals, seasoning the cast iron, and calculating heating temperatures can put even an experienced cook out of their comfort zone, but we’ll get you off and cooking in no time! Dutch Ovens can be used to prepare main dishes and sides, and of course, dessert!

In this program Terry Bomkamp will share his favorite recipes and hints for a successful meal every time.  We’ll be both indoors and outdoors at our fireplace, so please dress for the weather. 

Suggested donation of $5 per person ($3 for each additional person in group). Open to all ages.

Please register below

 

Nov
7
Tue
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
8
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 8 @ 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.