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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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Mar
24
Sun
“Cameras At The Confluence: Weather, It Matters” with Tom Purdy @ Nature at the Confluence
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Nature At The Confluence launches its third season of free photography programs with “Cameras At The Confluence: Weather, It Matters”, featuring weather photography by local photographer and storm chaser Tom Purdy.

Weather photography is an exciting genre of photography that takes skill, knowledge, determination and little luck to capture the stunning displays nature exhibits during weather events.  From being able to read the storm and dialing in the right settings, to watching the radar, then positioning yourself in a location that will yield a great shot.

On Sunday, March 24, 3:00 p.m., at the “Cameras At The Confluence: Weather, It Matters”  program you’ll learn what it takes to shoot weather events, lightning and other sky phenomenon from Tom Purdy, photographer and amateur storm chaser from southern Wisconsin who has a passion for all things weather. Tom is co-owner of the popular Wisconsin Weather and Photography Facebook page and website. This program is also the season kick off for Cameras At The Confluence and includes light refreshments and an opportunity to find out more details about upcoming programs. Sign up below to receive emails about upcoming photography programs.

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, April 25, 6:00 p.m., “Macro Photography – A Budding Topic”, Spring has so much life bursting onto the scene and one of the most incredible ways to photograph it is by way of macro photography. Macro photography is the art of photographing objects extremely close-up. Award winning photographer Cindy Vondron is our featured photographer.

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., “Late Spring & Urban Landscapes”, Featured photographer to be announced.

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.

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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Mar
31
Sun
Prescribed Burn Training presented by Natural Land Institute @ Nature at the Confluence
Mar 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Prescribed Burn Training

Sunday, March 31, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost:  $60 (Includes the 155 page Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Manual)
Preregistration is required

Register with Natural Land Institute at this link

Natural Land Institute’s Director of Stewardship, Zach Grycan, and Melissa Grycan, Restoration Ecologist for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, will lead a Prescribed Burn Training Workshop for anyone interested in learning how to manage their own land and volunteering for NLI land stewardship or for other conservation organizations. Learn how to conduct a prescribed burn and tips on best practices from both who are experienced prescribed burn managers. The workshop will be based on Chicago Wilderness’ Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training Manual.

Indoor Classroom Instruction: 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
(Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL)

Topics to be covered will include:
• Discussion of fire behavior and suppression
• Effective use of hand and power tools
• Effective use of water to aid fire suppression
• Conducting a prescribed burn
• Ecological effects of fire

LUNCH: 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. (On Own)

Conduct a Prescribed Burn: 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
Participants will receive hands-on learning when they assist with a prescribed burn (weather permitting) of the prairie at NLI’s Foss Farm, about 7 miles away on Rockton Rd.

We’ll be burning a prairie on the East tract a little ways up County Line Rd from that intersection.
The Foss Tracts Are located in South Beloit and Roscoe townships.

COST: $60
(Includes the 155 page Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Manual)

PLEASE REGISTER and pay by March 29, 2019 on our website calendar (www.naturalland.org), call 815/964-6666, or send your name, address, affiliation (if any) to Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104..

Apr
5
Fri
Ho-Chunk Flute Making Workshop @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 5 – Apr 7 all-day

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village 

Ho-Chunk Flute Making Workshop with Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, 3-day course held April 5-7. During this 3-day instructional course you’ll learn about the history of the Native American courting flute, then you’ll be guided on how to make, then play your very own flute.

This program is held at Nature At The Confluence Environmental Learning Center, which is situated along Turtle Creek and the site of the historic Ho-Chunk Village: Kečąk or Turtle Village. You’ll be able to learn more about the history of this village during the workshop. This program is part of the 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village.

Held over 3-days: April 5, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; April 6, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Limited to 14 participants
  • Cost is $150 and includes all materials to make your flute and carrying bag.
  • You’ll leave with a beautiful Ho-Chunk style Courting Flute and will have the skills to play your flute.
  • Instructor: Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Participants should be 18 years or older and have the ability to work with woodworking tools.
  • Meals on on your own. Brings snacks and beverages. A refrigerator and microwave are available.
  • We must have a minimum of 7 participants to hold this course. If we don’t reach the minimum the course will be cancelled

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Apr
14
Sun
The Reclusive Native Cat – The Bobcat @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bobcat photo from the IL DNR website

Presented by Jennifer Kuroda, Founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation

Bobcats, named for their short, bobbed tail, are about twice the size of a common house cat. They use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, squirrels, small rodents and some birds. They are mostly nocturnal, reclusive animals that prefer forested or wooded areas. Once hunted almost to extinction in the Midwest, bobcats have been making a comeback over the past 40 years.

In this talk, Jennifer will cover every facet of the elusive cats, including history, biology, predator perception, and management. Information about the ongoing bobcat population study by Dr. Jacques at Western Illinois University will also be discussed.

Jennifer will have a table of items that includes scat, skull, etc. She will offer a bobcat tracking activity to kids following the presentation.

BIO: Jennifer Kuroda is the founder of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation. She received her B.S. from the Rockford University and is a life-long resident of Rockford, Illinois. She serves on the Board of the Sinnissippi Audubon and has been a nature lover since she was a young girl.

Apr
16
Tue
April Showers! Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Where does water go? Where does it all come from? Come play games that help us better understand the water cycle, I.D. cloud types, and investigate local runoff and drainage into Kelly Creek and Turtle Creek.

All ages welcome.

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

Apr
25
Thu
Cameras At The Confluence: “Macro Photography – A Budding Topic” with Cindy Vondran @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 25, 6:00 p.m., “Macro Photography – A Budding Topic”, Spring has so much life bursting onto the scene and one of the most incredible ways to photograph it is by way of macro photography. Macro photography is the art of photographing objects extremely close-up. Award-winning photographer Cindy Vondron is our featured photographer. You can view her work at her website.

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.

About Cindy Vondran:

Cindy has always lived in Northern Illinois, she was born in Freeport, and currently resided in Rockton where she lives with her husband of 41 years.  She received her BFA at Rockford College in 2013.  She has won 20 International awards, including 5 in the International Garden Photographer of the Year.  Her work is exhibited all over the US and Europe, and has been published numerous times.  She just certified as an Illinois Master Gardener.   She loves shooting all kinds of subjects, but especially flowers. She is currently working on setting up garden photography workshops at various gardens across the US and Canada.

Other Cameras At The Confluence programs

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., “Late Spring & Urban Landscapes”, Featured photographer to be announced.

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.

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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Apr
27
Sat
Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day – Ages 7-11 @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day - Ages 7-11 @ Nature at the Confluence | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village 

Nature Kids: Ho-Chunk Storytelling | Celebration of National Storytelling Day, Saturday,  April 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m.,

Oral storytelling is one way that Ho-Chunk culture, traditions, and language are passed down from generation to generation. The featured story is the “The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute”. Storytelling and an art project are part of this program for ages 7-11. Free program is funded  through a grant from Col. Robert H.Morse Foundation.

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May
4
Sat
Walk With Me Among My Homelands: Hear the Echoes of My Ancestors @ Nature at the Confluence
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village

Janice Rice, a member of Ho-Chunk Nation, invites you to listen and envision a walk amidst the beauty of her ancestral homelands. Rice is a retired librarian with a focus on American Indian resources, literature, culture, history, language preservation & revitalization. $5 suggested donation.

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May
23
Thu
Cameras At The Confluence: Late Spring & Urban Landscapes @ Nature at the Confluence
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., “”, 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

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.

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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May
25
Sat
Intro to Fly Fishing Program @ Nature at the Confluence
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn for all ages.  

In this basic intro course you’ll get tips on how to choose fly fishing gear & tackle, where to fish, how to safely release fish  and more in this program offered by Joshua Glovinsky, owner of Midwest Fishing Adventures.

After the indoor program, we’ll head outside where you’ll have an opportunity to practice casting on the land, then head to the creek for an on-water demo by Josh.  As you’ll be only casting on land, no fishing license is needed.

Ages: Adults and Youth 14 and up

$5 per person  – must pre-register below to reserve your spot

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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