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!

Sep
9
Sat
Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID Program at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come get wet and have fun discovering more about our local streams!

Free Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID Program For Adults

Nature At The Confluence Stream Team programs empower citizens to be part of restoring and protecting our local waters and regional watershed. NATC Stream Teams will be collecting baseline data multiple times over the summer at Turtle and Kelley Creeks.  You can come once or several times to discover what the data will tell us about health of these waterways.

At this workshop we will compare the data we collect today to that from earlier in the summer. We will revisit our leaf packs to see if different larva and organisms inhabit them. How does three months of sun, rain, wind, and human activity affect stream health? What conclusions can we draw about the Rock River basin based on our findings? First time stream monitors are welcome!

  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID
  • Free program
  • Adult program

Preregistration is required. Please call Welty Environmental Center to register: 608-361-1377, or email [email protected]

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

Sep
13
Wed
Wednesday Weeders – A Green Team Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Weeds happen! We invite you to be part of the Green Team and help us stay on top of the weeding and other invasive plants at Nature At The Confluence! Spend as much time as you can share to help bring this land back to life!  Come for 1 to 2 hours whenever you are available on Wednesdays, 9am-11am.

  • Bring garden gloves, bug spray, sun screen and any tools you prefer to attack weeds!
  • We provide drinking water and granola bars.

Click here to register to volunteer, or you can just show up!

Sep
14
Thu
Crazy Water Critters at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the Stream Team forces to study Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek and see what critters call them home. Come spend a couple of hours exploring the streams at NATC, searching for dragonfly larvae, snails and crayfish. Find out how to identify the organisms found in the water, and what their presence will tell us about the health of the stream. Participants will collect important data about the watershed and share it with others in this youth stream monitoring program.

  • Free Program for Youth Ages 5-13
  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Pre-registration required
REGISTER NOW

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

 

Sep
23
Sat
CANCELLED! Family Fun Freshwater Biology at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sorry, we had to cancel this program due to low registration.

Free Program: Family Fun Freshwater Biology

Nature At The Confluence Stream Team programs empower citizens to be part of restoring and protecting our local waters and regional watershed. NATC Stream Teams will be collecting baseline data multiple times over the summer at Turtle and Kelley Creeks.  You can come once or several times to discover what the data will tell us about health of these waterways.

Spend time together in the creek collecting organisms and identifying critters found under rocks and in leaf packs. See what organisms we can collect with our nets, and use a magnifying glass to inspect them up close. Draw your favorite water bug. What do our observations tell us about the health of the waterways that all come together at the Confluence? What can we do to make these streams an even better place for plants and animals to thrive?

  • Bring waders or boots if you have them, waders will also be provided for use.
  • Stream Study, Macroinvertebrate collection and ID
  • Free program for all ages

Preregistration is required. Please call Welty Environmental Center to register: 608-361-1377, or email [email protected]

About NATC Stream Team Programs

Stream Team programs for adults and youth offer a fun and rewarding way to protect and improve local streams, rivers and our watershed. All ages and backgrounds can get involved and we welcome any level of involvement you choose to take.

This Nature At The Confluence Stream Team program is offered through a partnership with Welty Environmental Center and is supported by a grant Nature At The Confluence received from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Click here to see all Stream Team ProgramsIf you have questions about NATC Stream Team you can email [email protected]

 

Sep
27
Wed
Photoshop Workshop – Free Informational Meeting @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence. The first gathering is FREE and will offer an opportunity for Cindy to assess interests and skills levels of interested participants and get feedback on what exactly people would like to learn. Cindy then will offer workshops according to skill levels. Please come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level!
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Oct
14
Sat
Fall Paddle Trip – Rock River Fur Traders Run – Beloit to Macktown @ Nature At The Confluence
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fur Traders River Run Rock River Nature At the Confluence South Beloit Illinois Wisconsin (8) (Custom)This is a very popular trip! Sign up now!

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This six mile guided paddle, which traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway, will launch at 1pm. Enjoy the wooded scenery and wildlife on a leisurely paddle as you follow the Fur Traders route down to the Macktown Trading post, where a shuttle will be waiting to take you back to the launch site at Nature at the Confluence. You can expect to be back at the launch site around Noon. There is one portage required on this trip at the Rockton Dam.

The price for this experience is $50 and includes kayak, paddle, pfd, guide, shuttle, and a good time. Price is $20for those that have their own vessel. Trip is limited to 10 participants (we may be able to handle more but won’t know until we get closer to the event date) so don’t delay. To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.

Nov
11
Sat
Now We’re Cooking! Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 11 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

This class was so popular we’ve added another date!

Dutch Oven Cooking is a unique and fun way to prepare delicious meals and desserts for your family and friends. Come see how easy it is to prepare crowd-pleasing meals around the campfire and at home using your own cast iron cookware, easy to follow recipes, and simple ingredients!

Traditionally seen as a campfire method of cooking, Dutch Ovens have become popular for home cooking as well, and once you’ve had some basic instruction and a chance to try it, you’ll be preparing great dishes in no time! For those unfamiliar with cast iron cooking methods, using a Dutch Oven to prepare a meal can seem like an intimidating experience. Heating coals, seasoning the cast iron, and calculating heating temperatures can put even an experienced cook out of their comfort zone, but we’ll get you off and cooking in no time! Dutch Ovens can be used to prepare main dishes and sides, and of course, dessert!

In this program Terry Bomkamp will share his favorite recipes and hints for a successful meal every time.  We’ll be both indoors and outdoors at our fireplace, so please dress for the weather. 

Suggested donation of $5 per person. Open to all ages.

 

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.