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
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
Jun
20
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 20 @ 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
23
Sat
Conquer The Clover Volunteer Opportunity – Pick a day and time @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

We Need Help! Our new prairie is overrun with invasive Sweet Yellow Clover and we need help pulling it.

There is nothing more satisfying than pulling this stuff up! With all this rain, it’s really easy to pull, too!

  • Come when you can, stay as long as you like! Saturday, June 23 – 10am-2pm and Sunday June 24, 12pm-3pm.
  • The clover is tall (3 or more feet), so it’s easy to grab hold and pull. No bending down.
  • We recommend wearing shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Closed toe shoes please.
  • Please bring gloves to wear.
  • This can be a project that older kids can help with.
  • Water and snacks provided.
  • Thank you so much for considering helping with this project!
  • Staff member Quin Brunner will be the project lead on this. Contact him at [email protected] with questions.
Jun
24
Sun
Conquer The Clover Volunteer Opportunity – Pick a day and time @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We Need Help! Our new prairie is overrun with invasive Sweet Yellow Clover and we need help pulling it.

There is nothing more satisfying than pulling this stuff up! With all this rain, it’s really easy to pull, too!

  • Come when you can, stay as long as you like! Saturday, June 23 – 10am-2pm and Sunday June 24, 12pm-3pm.
  • The clover is tall (3 or more feet), so it’s easy to grab hold and pull. No bending down.
  • We recommend wearing shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Closed toe shoes please.
  • Please bring gloves to wear.
  • This can be a project that older kids can help with.
  • Water and snacks provided.
  • Thank you so much for considering helping with this project!
  • Staff member Quin Brunner will be the project lead on this. Contact him at [email protected] with questions.