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!

Aug
22
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 22 @ 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. 

Turtle Creek Cleanup & Clearing at the Confluence @ Nature at the Confluence
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come help us pull wood that’s floated down the creek during the last 2 floods that is blocking the creek channel. Come prepared to work in the water. Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet. Hand saws would be handy.

Aug
23
Thu
Make A Pressed Plant Journal: A Make And Take Program With Welty Environmental Center @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Help your budding naturalist expand their plant identification skills with a pressed plant journal. We will go on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them. Welty Environmental staff will facilitate this program. Please register at this link on their website

Supplies to bring:

  • Specimen bag or basket
  • Several sheets of unlined acid free paper
    • (If you are not concerned about LONG TERM preservation, unlined copy/printer paper will work just fine.)
  • 2 pieces of cardboard cut to size of paper
  • Small notebook for taking notes
  • Pencil

NOTE: Registration is necessary for this event. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or call 608-362-6212 for more information.

Aug
25
Sat
Monarch Magic: The Amazing Journey of the Monarch Super Generation @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Learn about the mighty monarch “super generation”. While other generations of monarchs live about 2-4 weeks, the super generation will live 8 times longer! These monarchs are the last generation for the season, and will fly up to 80 miles a day on a 2000 mile journey to a massive monarch over-wintering location in Mexico.

In this program you’ll learn about this amazing journey and find out how we’re tagging monarchs to help track them.  You’ll also learn how easy it is for you to get involved in helping increase the monarch population, which is down 80% since the 1990’s.

The highlight of the program is the opportunity to watch a visually stunning 42 minute documentary about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, called the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation per individual or family

Aug
29
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 29 @ 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. 

Sep
5
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 5 @ 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. 

Sep
8
Sat
Classroom Field Trip Grant Session for Teachers @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and Welty Environmental Center are teaming up to help teachers get funding to bring their students on a trip for a full day of nature-based, ecology and conservation education.

Four dates are being offered for a free 2-hour grant writing session that will assist teachers in applying for up to $700 Target Stores Field Trip Grant. This grant can fund transportation, admissions and supplies for Spring 2019 field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

DETAILS – In a fun and fast two-hour session, we’ll assist teachers in writing a grant that would cover a full day of nature based, ecology and conservation education. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is location for the morning program; Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit is afternoon program location with a lunch break at Nature At The Confluence. During the session we’ll provide information about our organizations including how programming could meet state standards; help with phrasing, brainstorming and other assistance.

If you would like more information please contact Megan Pease ([email protected]; 608-354-2540)

“The trip was excellent. What a great educational site and collaboration of programs you have there.  Even the chaperones expressed interest in coming back on their own.  I hope to, too!”  ~ 3rd Grade Teacher

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW!

Teacher Grant Writing Session Dates at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL

  • Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Sand Bluff Bird Observatory:
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is a non-profit citizen science organization capturing, studying and releasing wild migratory birds at the Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The research has been conducted for more than 50 years and the knowledgeable volunteers enjoy sharing their experiences and information about birds, conservation and ecology with visitors.

A typical program for school groups will include:

  • A presentation about the avian research, ecology and specific bird species
  • Seeing wild migratory birds
  • Observing the collection of data about wild birds
  • A short hike to observe the field research process

About the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center & Welty Environmental Center:
The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is located in South Beloit where the Turtle Creek joins the Rock River, 17 minutes from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. The non-profit organization offers programs focusing on nature, ecology and local history and they have large indoor and outdoor classroom meeting spaces with bathrooms and sinks. Welty Environmental Center is our programming partner.

Program Options Include: 

  • Monarch Magic – learn about monarch conservation
  • Watershed Education
  • Macroinvertabrate Investigation
  • Or other Environmental Education Programs tailored to your need

Register Below

 

 

Sep
12
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 12 @ 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. 

Sep
19
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 19 @ 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. 

Classroom Field Trip Grant Session for Teachers @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Nature At The Confluence, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and Welty Environmental Center are teaming up to help teachers get funding to bring their students on a trip for a full day of nature-based, ecology and conservation education.

Four dates are being offered for a free 2-hour grant writing session that will assist teachers in applying for up to $700 Target Stores Field Trip Grant. This grant can fund transportation, admissions and supplies for Spring 2019 field trips for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

DETAILS – In a fun and fast two-hour session, we’ll assist teachers in writing a grant that would cover a full day of nature based, ecology and conservation education. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is location for the morning program; Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit is afternoon program location with a lunch break at Nature At The Confluence. During the session we’ll provide information about our organizations including how programming could meet state standards; help with phrasing, brainstorming and other assistance.

If you would like more information please contact Megan Pease ([email protected]; 608-354-2540)

“The trip was excellent. What a great educational site and collaboration of programs you have there.  Even the chaperones expressed interest in coming back on their own.  I hope to, too!”  ~ 3rd Grade Teacher

PLEASE REGISTER BELOW!

Teacher Grant Writing Session Dates at Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL

  • Saturday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Sand Bluff Bird Observatory:
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is a non-profit citizen science organization capturing, studying and releasing wild migratory birds at the Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The research has been conducted for more than 50 years and the knowledgeable volunteers enjoy sharing their experiences and information about birds, conservation and ecology with visitors.

A typical program for school groups will include:

  • A presentation about the avian research, ecology and specific bird species
  • Seeing wild migratory birds
  • Observing the collection of data about wild birds
  • A short hike to observe the field research process

About the Nature at the Confluence Learning Center & Welty Environmental Center:
The Nature at the Confluence Learning Center is located in South Beloit where the Turtle Creek joins the Rock River, 17 minutes from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. The non-profit organization offers programs focusing on nature, ecology and local history and they have large indoor and outdoor classroom meeting spaces with bathrooms and sinks. Welty Environmental Center is our programming partner.

Program Options Include: 

  • Monarch Magic – learn about monarch conservation
  • Watershed Education
  • Macroinvertabrate Investigation
  • Or other Environmental Education Programs tailored to your need

Register Below