There’s many ways to learn, explore, experience nature and have fun at the Confluence Learning Center!
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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
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!”
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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!
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!
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.
- 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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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.
Cunning, social, resilient, opportunistic, faithful, adaptive, shy, successful, hated, inspirational…
Coyotes have to be one of the most misunderstood species in Illinois and the U.S. They conjure up mixed feelings of fear, anger, and for some wild beauty. There are many stories about coyotes and some circles believe them to be the jokester of the wild. Many of these feelings depend on who you are, where you live, and even what you do for a living. Coyotes get blamed for many things they do and don’t do in our spaces. They none the less should get the award for best survivalist despite the human population. We have all but paved the road for the coyote’s historical expansion. Come and hear more about this incredible animal and what you can expect from them in your neighborhood.
This free presentation is brought to you by Sinnissippi Audubon Society and is presented by Peggy Doty, Educator for the University of Illinois Extension
BIO: Peggy Doty is an Educator for the University of Illinois Extension specializing in environmental education as a means to relate wildlife related issues and water quality to all ages. She holds a B.S. in Zoology with a specialization in wildlife management. She also holds a M.S. in Education with a specialization in Outdoor Teacher Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Peggy is especially interested in human reactions and relationships to wildlife who have adapted to urban environments. Peggy has been teaching environmental education for over 20 years and is passionate in regards to teaching children about their environment and helping people understand wildlife as it relates to their lives.
The Search for Ke-Chunk Village At The Confluence
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.
The Search for Ke-Chunk Village: In this free program, Dr. Bill Green will present findings from his archaeological research along Turtle Creek on the current Confluence Campus in the summer of 2012 which resulted in his report “The Search for Ke-Chunk”. Come learn what we know about Ke-Chunk Village and why people called this area home. We’ll start indoors with a visual presentation and discussion, then walk the confluence property to learn more (less than quarter mile).
BIO: Dr. Bill Green recently retired from Beloit College where he was Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Museum Studies Program. His major professional interests include North American archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. Dr. Green actively conducts archaeological studies of Woodland communities occupied 1000-2000 years ago in the Mississippi River valley.
While this program is offered free to the public, donations are appreciated to support bringing programs like this to the community.
See all programs from the We Once Lived Here: The Ho-Chunk at Ke-Chunk Village Learning Series
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Celebrate the Spring Equinox–the 1st day of Spring is March 20th. Come hike around Nature at the Confluence looking for signs that winter is over. A take home spring craft will also be included.
All ages welcome.
This fun program is offered by Welty Environmental Center . Register using the link below or call 608-362-6212