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!

Nature Art Day : Creativity At The Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nature Art Day at Nature At The Confluence is a unique Fall art experience that emphasizes collaborative creativity using nature as inspiration. The public is invited to join Beloit College student artists in creating temporary artwork made with natural elements.

Create Nature Art – Participants are invited to immerse themselves in nature by walking the trails and collecting objects from nature. Then they’ll step indoors to use their “found” items, or supplied items, to create their own temporary artwork that will be photographed and added to “Nature Mosaic”, an online photo gallery. This virtual art gallery will show the collaborative creativity of our community and will be featured on the website and social media using the hashtag #2018NatureMosaic.  You may work individually, or groups and families can work together on their art piece. All art will be deconstructed after it has been photographed.

► Observe Nature  Art Creation Throughout the afternoon Beloit College student artists will be working collaboratively on a temporary art piece made out of natural materials found in the prairie and woods. Working within a 2-hour timeframe, they will create something beautiful out of the seemingly mundane bits and pieces of natural materials. At the end of the day, the artwork will be photographed, then deconstructed and returned to nature.  The featured Beloit College student artists are Dorothea Pantelios, Fern Denne, and Lisa Colligan.

► Preview Art Sculpture Visitors will also be able to preview a sculpture concept by Ho-Chunk artist Truman Lowe, which artistically represents a Ho-Chunk wigwam. If funding is secured, a full-sized cast metal sculpture would be installed overlooking Turtle Creek, near the original location of Turtle (Ke-Chunk) village, a major Ho-Chunk village at the confluence prior to 1832.  Fundraising for this art project is currently underway.

►  Nature Art Day is a free event for all ages and will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL. It will be held rain or shine as the art portion of the event is held indoors.  Even if you don’t want to create art, you can walk the trails, enjoy hot cider and a warm fire.

► Cameras at the Confluence Fall Walkabout – Immediately following this event, you may also enjoy Cameras at the Confluence Fall Walkabout, Sunday, October 21, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join a walk along the creeks and river at Nature At The Confluence, capturing the unique changes to the landscape and plants during the fall. You’ll learn about the unique history, industrial legacy and natural areas of this land as we walk about the property in search of subjects to photograph. A creek side fire & with S’mores will be offered. Dress for the weather and walking somewhat rugged terrain. Free event, donations accepted. A program for all ages and photography skill level. Guided by Therese Oldenburg, executive director of Nature At The Confluence and professional photographer Trisha Peters.

Fall Walkabout – Cameras At The Confluence Photographer Meetup @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Let’s do a fall walkabout along the creeks and river at Nature At The Confluence – capturing the unique changes to the landscape and plants during the fall. 

Please join us on Sunday, Oct 21, 4-5:30pm for our Cameras at the Confluence Fall Walk About program. In this month’s program you’ll learn about the unique history, industrial legacy and natural areas of this land as we walk about the property in search of subjects to photograph. Guided by Therese Oldenburg and Trisha Peters.

  • All skill levels are welcome.
  • A Great family activity!
  • Bring your camera.
  • A creek side fire & s’more’s will be part of the fun!
  • Dress for the weather and walking somewhat rugged terrain.
  • Free event – Donations appreciated.
  • No registration required.





Fall Family Nature Fun @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

It’s Turkey Time!

Let’s kick up some leaves and kick up some fun at our Fall Family Nature Fun program “Turkey Time”.  Kids and families will enjoy story time, then can choose from a variety of “Nature Stop” activities to do together such as a make and take craft, sensory play table or outdoor nature exploration.

Fee: $5 donation per family at the door

Registration: Space is limited. Please reserve your space below!

  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • This is a family event and an adult must stay with the children

Register Below

Essential Oils 101 Class – Free program! @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

essential oils class 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
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

Now We’re Cooking! Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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!

  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:
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Candy Cane Hunt with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Dec 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a bag to search for candy canes that have been scattered throughout Nature at the Confluence. Additional activities include candy cane craft, hot chocolate by a fire and games.

This fun program is offered by Welty Environmental Center
Winter Solstice Gathering and Luminary Walk @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Winter solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. On this darkest of nights, we invite you enjoy the warmth of the community fire, stroll the candle lit pathways, make s’mores in our toasty fire, listen to the sounds of the season and make pinecone bird feeders to hang outdoors for our feathered friends.

  • Enjoy the beautiful sounds of hammered dulcimer holiday music by Judy Cummings
  • Free event, but donations are appreciated.
  • We look forward to welcoming back the sun with you. Please join us!
What’s Poppin’ Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Jan 8 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Pop on out to the Nature at the Confluence to explore the history of popcorn. We will discover how and what makes popcorn pop. Taste various popcorn flavors, play popcorn games, and make a popcorn craft!

All ages welcome.

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

Social Fitness and Strava – Free Program presented by Stateline Spinners @ Nature at the Confluence
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Use the power of Strava and your social network to get motivated and get fit in 2019!

If you enjoy cycling or running you have most likely heard of Strava, a free app for tracking fitness activities.

Would you like to know more about some of the features, functionality and fun you can have with the application?

In this free program we’ll explore how you can collect, analyze, track and if you’re interested, share your fitness data with family and friends. We’ll look at some of the free Strava features and the Training, Safety, and Analysis packs where you can set goals and training plans, share live location details with safety contacts, or dig deep into data collected from your GPS, power and heart rate monitors.

Presented by Strava user Todd Poepping
Saturday, Jan 12th from 1-3pm
Presented in partnership with  Stateline Spinners

Free event – Please register below to secure your free spot!

CANCELLED: Nature Kids Winter Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sorry folks, we have to cancel due to road conditions and conditions in our parking lot. But, get out and enjoy the beautiful snow today! Have an adventure in your neck of the woods!

Help us celebrate and kick off our 2019 Adventures In The 100 Acres Wood programs that are inspired by Winnie the Pooh stories. Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin. National Winnie the Pooh Day commemorates Milne’s birthday on January 18, 1882.

We’re offering fun programs all year with our Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods. Click here to see them all, or sign up below to get updates on new programs when we add them!

  • Story time, Snack, Nature Craft, Winter Walk About (we’ll be walking outside at the end, so dress appropriately)
  • 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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