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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Learn about the mighty monarch “super generation”. While other generations of monarchs live about 2-4 weeks, the super generation will live 8 times longer! These monarchs are the last generation for the season, and will fly up to 80 miles a day on a 2000 mile journey to a massive monarch over-wintering location in Mexico.
In this program you’ll learn about this amazing journey and find out how we’re tagging monarchs to help track them. You’ll also learn how easy it is for you to get involved in helping increase the monarch population, which is down 80% since the 1990’s.
The highlight of the program is the opportunity to watch a visually stunning 42 minute documentary about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, called the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.
Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation per individual or family
Sinnissippi Audubon Chapter and Green-Rock Audubon Chapter are co-hosting a wonderful public program featuring bird expert Josh Engel.
Birds have been central to Josh’s life for as long as he can remember. He learned that there was something called “birding” at age 12 and pursued it with abandon, biking around Evanston, where he grew up, talking his parents into taking him, or hitching rides with adult birders. His life since has followed birds to all corners of the globe–especially for research and guiding–as he’s tried to transform his passion into a career.
It has all led to his current endeavor, running his company Red Hill Birding, organizing and leading birding tours around Illinois, the US, and the world.
In this talk he will talk about how he got to here, the positive influence of birders and birding organizations on his path, and how he is trying to pay it forward.
Open to the public! This is a FREE event and anyone is welcome to attend. No registration required.
Celebrating the Harvest from Our Gardens! Featuring Samples of Stone Soup
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!
Even if you don’t want to drum, you can sample our “Stone Soup” featuring organic herbs and veggies from our garden. Or roast a s’more in our fireplace.
- No registration, Free event! Donations are appreciated!
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
Fall is the perfect time to blaze some trail.
Terry Bomkamp of Emmaus Adventures presents “Fall Backpacking Adventures”. In this program you’ll learn about how to pack and where to go for a fabulous fall backpacking experience. Terry says “Fall is my favorite time to backpack and camp, cool, crisp days and nights, no bugs, less crowded trails and great color in the North Woods!”
Terry has organized and led 100+ backpacking trips and teaches Introduction to Backpacking and Backcountry Cooking seminars at Canoe Fest, Rock Valley College, and Rocktown Adventures.
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!
Fall Fire and Drum & Percussion Circle
It’s all about art at the Fall Fire and Drum Circle! We will feature the art of local artisans. Beautiful jewelry by Healing Tree Jewelry, Unique creations by Lake Girl Glass and Love Makes Creations.
“Be An Artist” Make and Takes – You can become an artist too! Make and Take Art projects will be available for a $5 fee. Make a cool creation by yourself or as a family to take home to hang on the wall!
Join in the Drumming fun! 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!
- Free S’mores are always part of the fun.
- No registration, Free event!
Essential oils and plant medicine have been used for centuries to support the health and well-being of families and entire communities. Recently essential oils have regained popularity as people search for natural and safe remedies to help them sleep, stay healthy, and thrive despite stressful environments.
We’ll discuss the basics of essential oils, safe use, why purity matters, and how you and your family can stay healthy this winter! You’ll have the opportunity smell different oils and purchase oils at this class.
Presenters: This class is presented by Alicia Srdjan, a registered nurse and Tina Wagner of Wildhaven Soap Co. (making natural soap since 1998)
Class Fee: Free
Registration: Although the class is free, space is limited, so we ask you to register below.
Alicia’s Testimonial “I was searching for something to help my boys with sleep, focus, calming, anxious feelings, and more. Essential oils have helped them in all those ways and more! Best of all, they did so without any scary side effects that can be common among other interventions. Come to the class and learn why my boys went from just surviving to now thriving!”
Register for Free
Our first program filled up, so we’ve opened up another class! Please register below to secure your spot!
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. You’ll be able to enjoy samples of Terry’s creations!
CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME COLD – The City of Beloit has cancelled all outdoor events associated with Beloit Winterfest due to the extreme cold anticipated over the weekend, including this event.
Come explore the Confluence during our Winter Walk About during Beloit’s Winterfest!
- Do a Walk About with our Naturalist to see what critters are active during the winter at the confluence.
- Enjoy a Winter Scavenger Hunt
- Enjoy free S’mores and warm yourself at our big fire as the sun sets on a beautiful winter day!
- Make a paper snowflake to decorate our walls this winter!
- Free drop in program – come and go at any time!
- No Registration required.