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
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

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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.

Jul
14
Sun
A Celebration of American Indian Culture through Music and Dance @ Nature at the Confluence
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dressed in Jingle Dress regalia, Kim Sigafus, an Ojibwa author and speaker, will share her American Indian heritage and culture through music and dance. She will explain the importance of Native ceremonies and why music is a key component to them. The audience will be invited to learn traditional songs in the Native language and can participate in a pow wow circle where the audience can sing, play a rain stick or drum, and dance. Kim Sigafus is an internationally published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker. Her family is from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Kim’s Ojibwa name, Bekaadiziikwe, means “Quiet Woman.” Kim is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and this program is supported by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar program.

This is a free program for all ages.

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

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, our partnering organizations, or our funders.

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Jul
16
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 16 @ 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
18
Thu
Community Fire & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 18 @ 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!
Jul
19
Fri
Fireflies Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Fireflies are fun for the entire family!

These luminescent beetles are members of the family Lampyridae. They are reported to be most active in the Wisconsin between July 1 and August 26th and Illinois between May 8th and October 5th, so we are sure to see a few.

Come out to the Nature at the Confluence to learn more about these amazing insects. We will read a story, learning about behavior, life cycle, and why they glow. Then we will try to catch and observe a few on a nature hike

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