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!

Jun
13
Thu
Pressed Plants Journal | Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

pressed plantsHelp your budding naturalist expand their plant identification skills with a pressed plant journal. We will go on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them.

Supplies to bring:

  • Specimen bag or basket
  • Several sheets of unlined acid free paper
    • (If you are not concerned about LONG TERM preservation, unlined copy/printer paper will work just fine.)
  • 2 pieces of cardboard cut to size of paper
  • Small notebook for taking notes
  • Pencil

This program is offered through Welty Environmental Center, call 608-362-6212 or please register at this link.

Jun
15
Sat
Youth & Dad Fly Fishing Intro Class @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring Dad out on Father’s Day weekend to learn a new skill you can enjoy together! Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn for all ages.

In this basic intro course you’ll get fly fishing tips and will have an opportunity to practice casting on the land, then head to the creek for an on-water demo and to try fly casting. No fishing license is needed, as this Illinois’ Free Fishing Weekend.

You’ll also get tips on how to choose gear & tackle, where to fish, how to safely release fish and more in this program offered by Joshua Glovinsky, owner of Midwest Fishing Adventures.

$10 for up to 3 people in family – must pre-register below to reserve your spots.

About Josh Glovinsky Since 2012, Josh spends every free moment chasing Smallmouth and Northern Pike on the watersheds of Northern Illinois. He is an advocate for conservation and practices catch, photo and release. He says “Just a little over 8 years ago I fell in love with Fly Fishing on a guided fly fishing trip for carp on Lake Michigan. Every waking moment since landing my first carp on the fly has been consumed with thoughts of fly fishing. It has become an addiction that has literally kept me sane as I try to balance working full time, teaching at RVC part time, and raising two little ones.”

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Jun
18
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jun
20
Thu
Community Fire & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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!
Jun
25
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Cameras At The Confluence: Night Lights @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m., “Night Lights”, We’ll use ground fountain fireworks, sparklers, and a blazing fire in the fireplace to set up opportunities for photographer to practice and learn new techniques. Featured photographer to be announced.

Cameras At The Confluence is free monthly program that features a new photography topic each month with special guest speakers and experts. Participants will have time to discuss and try new techniques and share tips during the program.

This free program, held at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, Ill, is open to area photographers of all skill levels and no registration is required.

Beloit photographer Mark Preuschl will be the facilitator at each program and each month a photographer that specializes in the monthly topic will be the guest presenter.

Other Cameras At The Confluence programs

 

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., “Zoom, Zoom!” – When to zoom, when not to zoom. Featured photographer to be announced.

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m., “Light, Camera, Action!”, Sports photography, action shooting. Featured photographer to be announced.

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 p.m., “Capturing Color and the Golden Hour”, Get ready to capture the beautiful colors of fall! Featured photographer to be announced.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m., “How to Shoot People”, Portrait Photography. Featured photographer to be announced.

Saturday, November 16, 2:30 p.m., “Available Light” features holiday shooting. Get ready to capture the colors the season. This is the end of season social, with light refreshments, and opportunity to give feedback and give ideas for new subjects for 2020. Featured photographer to be announced.

For more information email [email protected] or call 815-200-6910. All programs are held at at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL.

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Jun
27
Thu
Fishing Fun in the 100 Acre Woods | Day Camp with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will learn basic fishing fishing skills and catch and release etiquette. The day will be spent learning about fish, aquatic habitats and ecosystems, and tools used for fishing. They will make crafts that include the creation of a unique lure. we will also play themed team building games and end camp with gooey campfire treat.

Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch, sun screen, bug repentant, and a full change of clothes.

$30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

This program is offered through Welty Environmental Center, call 608-362-6212 or please register at this link.

Jun
29
Sat
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods: “Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing” – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • “Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing”  is our theme for this special program
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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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Jul
2
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jul
7
Sun
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods: “What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden?” – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • “What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden?”  is our theme for this special program
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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

Would you like to receive updates on new Nature Kids programs? Sign up below.

Jul
9
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jul
11
Thu
Super Stream Health Day Camp with Welty Environmental | Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods @ Nature at the Confluence
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Campers will use hip waders to river walk Kelly Creek looking for signs of human impact, documenting what they find. They will conduct water monitoring tests and compare their results against data collected in 2018. They will determine where efforts should be focused for restoration and clean up. Camp will end with a gooey treat.

Young Adult program, ages 12 to 17 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch, sun screen, bug repentant, and a full change of clothes.

$30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

This program is offered through Welty Environmental Center, call 608-362-6212 or please register at this link.