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!

May
16
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 16 @ 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. 

May
17
Thu
Community Fire Gathering & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 17 @ 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!

May
19
Sat
Now You’re Cooking! Kids With Adult Outdoor Cooking Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A Fun Kids & Adult program for kids with an adult – great for parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents, scout leaders!  Both kids and adults will get involved and learn!

Our favorite fireside cooking leader, Terry Bomkamp, will guide you through creating fun & tasty food around the fire! Come see how easy it is to prepare crowd-pleasing meals around the campfire and at home with easy to follow recipes, and simple ingredients!

Suggested age for kids: 7 and up

We’ll be both indoors and outdoors at our fireplace, so please dress for the weather. 

Pre-registration Required! Register below

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May
23
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 23 @ 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. 

May
30
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 30 @ 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. 

Jun
6
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 6 @ 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. 

Jun
11
Mon
Going With The Flow : Cameras At The Confluence Photographer Meetup @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

Cameras At The Confluence: Going With The Flow
Monday, June 11 , 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Each month the  Cameras At The Confluence Photographer’s Meetup features a different theme. This month’s theme is “Going With The Flow – tips, tricks and ideas for shooting water. We’ll have some time to talk, share and go outside and shoot.

  • This is a free event open to area photographers.
  • No registration required.

Upcoming Cameras At the Confluence Meetups

  • Tuesday, July 24, 6:30pm – Summer Macro Photography
  • Tuesday, August 21, 6:30pm – The Golden Hour

 

 

 

Jun
13
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 13 @ 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. 

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
19
Tue
Nature Kids program | Have fun naturally! (free program) @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Kids + Nature = Fun!

Bring the kids to Nature At the Confluence for some natural fun! Our staff will present a fun new theme each week and weave that theme through story time, a make and take craft, and natural fun!

  • 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.
  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 19 through July 24. Come once, or come for all!

Program Themes

  • June 19 – Be A Butterfly Hero 
  • June 26 – The Lorax Garden
  • July 3 – Stone Soup
  • July 10 – How Does Your Boat Float? 
  • July 17 –  Turtle Time
  • July 24 – Bird Crazy