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!

Sep
9
Sat
Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID Program at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come get wet and have fun discovering more about our local streams!

Free Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID Program For Adults

Nature At The Confluence Stream Team programs empower citizens to be part of restoring and protecting our local waters and regional watershed. NATC Stream Teams will be collecting baseline data multiple times over the summer at Turtle and Kelley Creeks.  You can come once or several times to discover what the data will tell us about health of these waterways.

At this workshop we will compare the data we collect today to that from earlier in the summer. We will revisit our leaf packs to see if different larva and organisms inhabit them. How does three months of sun, rain, wind, and human activity affect stream health? What conclusions can we draw about the Rock River basin based on our findings? First time stream monitors are welcome!

  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID
  • Free program
  • Adult program

Preregistration is required. Please call Welty Environmental Center to register: 608-361-1377, or email [email protected]

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

Sep
14
Thu
Crazy Water Critters at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the Stream Team forces to study Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek and see what critters call them home. Come spend a couple of hours exploring the streams at NATC, searching for dragonfly larvae, snails and crayfish. Find out how to identify the organisms found in the water, and what their presence will tell us about the health of the stream. Participants will collect important data about the watershed and share it with others in this youth stream monitoring program.

  • Free Program for Youth Ages 5-13
  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Pre-registration required
REGISTER NOW

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

 

Sep
23
Sat
CANCELLED! Family Fun Freshwater Biology at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sorry, we had to cancel this program due to low registration.

Free Program: Family Fun Freshwater Biology

Nature At The Confluence Stream Team programs empower citizens to be part of restoring and protecting our local waters and regional watershed. NATC Stream Teams will be collecting baseline data multiple times over the summer at Turtle and Kelley Creeks.  You can come once or several times to discover what the data will tell us about health of these waterways.

Spend time together in the creek collecting organisms and identifying critters found under rocks and in leaf packs. See what organisms we can collect with our nets, and use a magnifying glass to inspect them up close. Draw your favorite water bug. What do our observations tell us about the health of the waterways that all come together at the Confluence? What can we do to make these streams an even better place for plants and animals to thrive?

  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID
  • Free program for all ages

Preregistration is required. Please call Welty Environmental Center to register: 608-361-1377, or email [email protected]

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

 

Oct
14
Sat
Fall Paddle Trip – Rock River Fur Traders Run – Beloit to Macktown @ Nature At The Confluence
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fur Traders River Run Rock River Nature At the Confluence South Beloit Illinois Wisconsin (8) (Custom)This is a very popular trip! Sign up now!

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This six mile guided paddle, which traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway, will launch at 1pm. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence. You can expect to be back at the launch site around Noon. There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.

The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20for those that have their own vessel. Trip is limited to 10 participants (we may be able to handle more but won’t know until we get closer to the event date) so don’t delay. To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.

Mar
24
Sat
Micro Adventures : Seek Adventures in Your Own Backyard @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Micro Adventures are journeys, trips, expeditions and adventures that are close to home, affordable, easy to plan and unforgettable! Come get inspired to have a more adventurous year in this program by Wisconsin Master Naturalist Therese Oldenburg.

You’ll get inspiration, ideas and leave with a plan for fun! You’ll even have a chance to pick your next secret adventure! So, what are you waiting for get ready to embark on a new adventure!

  • $5 suggested donation at the door.
  • This is a great program for individuals, groups and families.
  • This is part of our “Seek Adventure In Your Own Backyard Series”.

Registration

 

 

 

Apr
20
Fri
Film Screening – Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

green fire filmCurt Meine, narrator of film will be featured guest speaker

Nature At The Confluence is pleased to screen the newly released film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time with special guest Curt Meine, director for conservation biology and history with the Center for Humans and Nature, senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, and the film’s on-screen guide and narrator. This film is presented in cooperation with Center for Humans and Nature.

Where: Nature At The Confluence Learning Center, South Beloit, IL
When: Friday, April 20, 2018
Seating Begins at 6:30pm and ends at 6:45pm
Screening Begins: 7:00pm
Film discussion with Curt Meine immediately following film.
Tickets: $5 – Seating is limited! Register below

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time  is the first full-length high definitio documentary on Aldo Leopold, prominent early twentieth century conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac. This Emmy Award-winning film explores Leopold’s experience through the development of his idea of a “land ethic.” It follows his life story through places he lived and worked, quotations from his writing, and interviews with his children. The filmmakers weave this story from the past into the present, directing us toward the future as we attempt to implement Leopold’s land ethic in the context of a changing climate. Green Fire connects us with the history of the conservation and environmental movement through the life of Leopold and the influence he had on so many fields.

Leopold’s land ethic encourages us to view land not as a commodity belonging to us, but as a community to which we belong. He invites us to enlarge our ethic of right relationship with other human beings to include the soil, the water, the animals and plants, and the other resources that make up our world — what he called the land community.  Click here to view movie trailer.

Seating is limited for this special event. A suggested donation of $5 will support Nature At The Confluence’s Green Team restoration efforts

Secure Your Seat by Registering Now

Apr
21
Sat
Earth Day Community Planting Project : Plant it. Grow it! @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’ll have the chance to both Plant It and Grow It at our Earth Day Community Planting Project!

Plant It – we’ll be digging in and planting bare root trees and shrubs. Come help us work towards improving our certified “Wildlife Habit” as we add trees and shrubs that provide food and cover for wildlife. Bring shovels, gloves and sturdy shoes and get ready to dig in!

Grow It – We’ll be offering free Milkweed seedlings for you to grow in your own yard. You’ll also be able to help sow a few seeds in pots to help expand our pollinator garden.

All ages are welcome pitch in! No registration required. Come when you can, stay as long as you like. 

Free Oak Tree Sapling Distribution @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a free oak tree!

Nature At The Confluence will distribute 200 free bare-root bur oak and swamp oak saplings as part of the Rock River Trail Initiative’s efforts to restore habitat along the Rock River.

The public is invited to pick up the free bare-root oak saplings at Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). Each sapling is 1 to 2 feet long and will need to be planted within a few days of pick up.

This year 5,000 trees tree will be distributed by volunteers from the Rock River Trail Initiative along the Rock River corridor to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Chad Pregracke, president of Living Lands and Waters’ One Million Trees program, has donated 70,000 trees to the Rock River Trail Initiative over the last eight years. It is the desire of the Rock River Trail that the trees should be planted within sight of the Rock River or near the mouth of one of its tributaries, such as Turtle Creek.

About The Rock River Trail

The Rock River Trail Initiative established a National Water Trail along the 320 miles of the Rock River, from its source above the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to its mouth at the Quad Cities in Illinois. This was achieved March 11, 2013, when Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis made the designation including the Rock River Trail in the National Water Trail System. The Rock River Water Trail was the 10th trail in the nation to achieve such a distinction.

 

 

Apr
22
Sun
Free Oak Tree Sapling Distribution @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a free oak tree!

Nature At The Confluence will distribute 200 free bare-root bur oak and swamp oak saplings as part of the Rock River Trail Initiative’s efforts to restore habitat along the Rock River.

The public is invited to pick up the free bare-root oak saplings at Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). Each sapling is 1 to 2 feet long and will need to be planted within a few days of pick up.

This year 5,000 trees tree will be distributed by volunteers from the Rock River Trail Initiative along the Rock River corridor to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Chad Pregracke, president of Living Lands and Waters’ One Million Trees program, has donated 70,000 trees to the Rock River Trail Initiative over the last eight years. It is the desire of the Rock River Trail that the trees should be planted within sight of the Rock River or near the mouth of one of its tributaries, such as Turtle Creek.

About The Rock River Trail

The Rock River Trail Initiative established a National Water Trail along the 320 miles of the Rock River, from its source above the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to its mouth at the Quad Cities in Illinois. This was achieved March 11, 2013, when Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis made the designation including the Rock River Trail in the National Water Trail System. The Rock River Water Trail was the 10th trail in the nation to achieve such a distinction.

Geocaching Adventures : Seek Adventures in Your Own Backyard Series @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt!

Terri Gile with a Geocache discovery!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enable devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Terri Gile and Brian Gile and their extended family have been Geocaching for many years and would like to share their adventures and encourage you to get out and try it! It’s a great activity for all ages, whether you go solo or bring the whole family. The Gile family has had 4 generations go on their adventures together! There are many geocaches all around the Stateline area, but they can also be found all over the world!  Learn more at Geocaching.com

Register below!

  • This is a great program for individuals, groups and families.
  • This is part of our “Seek Adventure In Your Own Backyard Series”.
  • $5 suggested donation at the door.

Registration