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
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.
Jun
26
Tue
Nature Kids program | Have fun naturally! (free program) @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 26 @ 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
27
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 27 @ 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
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
3
Tue
Nature Kids program | Have fun naturally! (free program) @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 3 @ 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