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!

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.

May
6
Sun
Mason Bee House Program | Make & Take @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Mason Bees are Nature’s Best Pollinators!

Be a pollinator hero and also boost your garden’s productivity by creating and hanging a home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee!  Female Mason bees fill the tubes in the home with their eggs, and nectar and pollen for the young to eat.

Beekeeper and author Cinder Roherty will tell you all about Mason bees and guide you through the process of creating a Mason Bee House. All supplies are provided. Cindy has authored the book “Bee-ing Lily” among other titles.

  • This program is for all ages – Children ages 6 through Adults.
  • It is a great family project – adults must accompany children ages 6-12.
  • Each house is $6.
  • Register below and indicate how many houses you or your group will be making.

Pre-registration Required! Register below

 

 

 

 

Jun
16
Sat
“Meet Me At The Confluence” Season Opening Celebration @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come on down for our 4th Annual “Meet Me At The Confluence” celebration when we officially launch our season!

Saturday, June 16, 10am-1pm
10:30am: Duffy’s Children’s Garden dedication, Help cut the ribbon, enjoy a Lorax snack!
► 11:00am: “The Lorax” by Dr. Suess – Dramatic reading by Matthew Wick
► 11:00am: Kelly Creek Watershed Explorers – Welty Environmental Center invites you to learn about Kelly Creek’s critters
► 11:30am: Container Gardening 101 –  Illinois Master Gardener Sherri Ruston
► 12:00pm: “The Lorax” by Dr. Suess – Dramatic reading by Matthew Wick
10:00am-1:00pm – Celebration Activities

  • Monarch Magic – see our live monarch exhibit!
  • Lorax Garden opens in our new “Duffy’s Children’s Garden”
  • The Lorax Story Walk – read this fun book while you walk our trail! Beloit Public Library
  • Watershed Explorers – Welty Environmental Center
  • Pop Up Discovery Stops for Kids
  • Sign up to win a Rain Barrel
  • Turtle Creek Water Critters – Find out what critters live in Turtle Creek
  • Spy On A Bird: ConfluenceCam – View the activity in our bird nesting box with Sand Bluff Bird Observatory
  • Composting 101 – Judy Cummings
Jun
30
Sat
Cancelled Due To Flooding: Rock River Group Paddle Trip with Author Timothy Bauer @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 30 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Cancelled due to many reasons: High water, Our launch area has been under water for a week, and the health dept has an alert out for high e. coli on Turtle Creek where we launch.
We hope to reschedule this in September.

Nature At The Confluence invites you to join our free group paddle down the beautiful Rock River from South Beloit to Macktown Forest Preserve in Rockton. This 2-hour paddle trip highlights the 320-mile Rock River Trail and is a scenic paddling adventure you will truly enjoy! Paddle by Boney Island with the active eagle nest, and you’re sure to see other wildlife on this quiet and wooded paddle trip. We call this favorite paddle trip the “Fur Trader’s River Run” because it retraces the route fur traders Joseph Thibault and Stephan Mack would have used prior to 1835. Kayak rentals are available from Rocktown Adventures for $40 or $15 for Shuttle Only. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066.

Timothy Bauer, author of “Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin: 60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison” will be joining us on this trip (his first time exploring this section of the Rock River!). Timothy will use this trip to write a trip report for his popular website milespaddled.com

  • 12:30pm Unload kayaks & Arrange Shuttles | 1:00pm Group Launch
  • Meet & Greet and Q&A Program – We’ll gather at Nature At The Confluence after the paddle for a “Meet & Greet and Q&A” with Timothy. (approximately 3:30)
  • This trip is a fundraiser for the Rock River Trail. We are not charging a fee for this paddle, but we hope you’ll put a donation in the bucket after the trip!
  • Kayak rentals are available from Rocktown Adventures for $40 or $15 for Shuttle Only. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066
  • Participants will be required to sign a waiver form to join this trip.
  • Please arrange a shuttle in advance. Call Therese at 608-931-6895 if you need help shuttling. Rocktown Adventures has limited spots for shuttle for $15. You must reserve in advance by calling 815-636-9066
  • We’ll have Tim’s books available for purchase and he will gladly autograph your book.

About author Timothy Bauer – Water-lover and river-enthusiast, Timothy’s been paddling around Wisconsin and the neighboring states since 2008. Always eager to explore the obscure, especially those hidden in plain sight in our back yards, he’s got a lot of wanderlust for secret places and memorable escapes (though sometimes that wanderlust gets him lost at night or capsized in winter weather whitewater).  He first got into paddling to impress a girl, and it’s been a love affair since (well, paddling; the girl, alas, was not meant to be). When not already on the water, Timothy is poring over maps to plan out his next trip, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes in a solo canoe with his Boston Terrier.

Registration is closed. We’ve reached the number of people that we can accomodate.

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
22
Sun
Monarch Magic: How to Raise Monarchs @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

You can be a monarch hero!

Would you like to learn about raising monarchs? Come to this program to find out how easy it is to raise a monarch. You’ll learn about the life stages, how to find eggs or caterpillars and how to successfully take care of them until you can release a beautiful monarch butterfly.

Raising monarchs is a great educational experience. Only 5-10% of eggs that are laid in the wild will successfully become an adult monarch, so by raising one in a controlled environment, you can increase the chance of a successful release of an adult.

This is a great program for all ages!

Presented by WI Master Naturalist Therese Oldenburg

Jul
29
Sun
Paddle Trip – Rock River Fur Traders Run – Downtown Beloit to Macktown @ John Rose Canoe Launch - Downtown Beloit
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fur Traders River Run Rock River Nature At the Confluence South Beloit Illinois Wisconsin (8) (Custom)Please note: Due to flood damage at Nature At The Confluence landing, Rocktown Adventures will be using the John Rose Canoe Launch in downtown Beloit for this paddle. 

REGISTER NOW WITH ROCKTOWN ADVENTURES

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 9:00 AM. 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 $20 for 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.

Aug
15
Wed
Classroom Field Trip Grant Session for Teachers @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and Welty Environmental Center are teaming up to help teachers get funding to bring their students on a trip for a full day of nature-based, ecology and conservation education.

Four dates are being offered for a free 2-hour grant writing session that will assist teachers in applying for up to $700 Target Stores Field Trip Grant. This grant can fund transportation, admissions and supplies for Spring 2019 field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

DETAILS – In a fun and fast two-hour session, we’ll assist teachers in writing a grant that would cover a full day of nature based, ecology and conservation education. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is location for the morning program; Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit is afternoon program location with a lunch break at Nature At The Confluence. During the session we’ll provide information about our organizations including how programming could meet state standards; help with phrasing, brainstorming and other assistance.

If you would like more information please contact Megan Pease ([email protected]; 608-354-2540)

“The trip was excellent. What a great educational site and collaboration of programs you have there.  Even the chaperones expressed interest in coming back on their own.  I hope to, too!”  ~ 3rd Grade Teacher

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW!

Teacher Grant Writing Session Dates at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL

  • Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Sand Bluff Bird Observatory:
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is a non-profit citizen science organization capturing, studying and releasing wild migratory birds at the Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The research has been conducted for more than 50 years and the knowledgeable volunteers enjoy sharing their experiences and information about birds, conservation and ecology with visitors.

A typical program for school groups will include:

  • A presentation about the avian research, ecology and specific bird species
  • Seeing wild migratory birds
  • Observing the collection of data about wild birds
  • A short hike to observe the field research process

About the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center & Welty Environmental Center:
The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is located in South Beloit where the Turtle Creek joins the Rock River, 17 minutes from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. The non-profit organization offers programs focusing on nature, ecology and local history and they have large indoor and outdoor classroom meeting spaces with bathrooms and sinks. Welty Environmental Center is our programming partner.

Program Options Include: 

  • Monarch Magic – learn about monarch conservation
  • Watershed Education
  • Macroinvertabrate Investigation
  • Or other Environmental Education Programs tailored to your need

Register Below

 

 

Aug
16
Thu
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! Community Fire Gathering & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Fire and Drum & Percussion Circle

Join in the fun each month on the 3rd Thursday, May-Oct, 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!