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!

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

 

 

 

Mar
25
Sun
Wild Up Your Backyard – How To Transform Your Yard Into a Wildlife Oasis @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wild Up Your Backyard – How To Transform Your Yard Into a Wildlife Oasis

Sunday, March 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

No matter how big your outside space is, you can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. You will learn how easy it is to do it in your own yard in this free program held at Nature At The Confluence.

Guest speaker Mary Anne Mathwich, member of the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers for 23 years, will share how she has invited nature into her yard by introducing native plants into the landscape. You’ll learn the process of turning a “pollinator desert” of a yard into an oasis for butterflies, moths, bees, birds and other creatures.

Master Naturalist Therese Oldenburg will also share how to certify your yard as a “Wildlife Habitat” or “Monarch Waystation”.  Turning your yard, balcony container garden, school yard, or work landscape into a certified wildlife habitat or waystation is fun, easy, and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife.

  • Free program.
  • Donations to support our gardens are welcome.
  • Registration is not required.

 

Mar
28
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Apr
4
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Apr
11
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Apr
17
Tue
CANCELLED! Kids Campfire Snacks by Welty Environmental Center @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Welty Environmental Center staff at Nature At The Confluence Learning Center as we learn about the safe way to build a campfire. We will then share some fun campfire snack ideas that you can try out next time you go camping.

Pre-register at 608-362-6212 or visit this link

$5 Welty Environmental Center Member | $7 non-member

 

 

Apr
18
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 10am-12pm (summer hours). Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

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.