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
23
Wed
Wednesday Weeders – A Green Team Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 23 @ 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!

Aug
26
Sat
“The Confluence: Looking Back, Looking Forward” Guided Tours at Nature At the Confluence – South Beloit Centennial Celebration Event @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free 45 Minute Guided Tours Offered:

  • 12pm
  • 2:00pm

The Confluence Learning Center and Grounds are open 9am-3pm.

The confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, fur traders used the waters as a trade route, and in the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community. On August 26  we’re celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by offering  guided tours of the facility.

On this tour you’ll learn about the history of the land, and the work to bring it back to life. Learn about the people who lived here, see our “secret” creek, visit our Italian heirloom garden and learn about the centennial prairie.

No registration needed. We will be walking on the gravel trails, and a bit on a grassy field (less than 1/4 mile). Free event

 

 

 

 

Fur Traders River Run | South Beloit Centennial Paddle Trip @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The confluence of  Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, Fur Traders used the waters as a trade route. In the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community and in 2017 we’re celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by offering a Centennial Paddle.

The Centennial Paddle is guided paddle trip on the Rock River, starting on Turtle Creek in South Beloit, and quickly entering the Rock River, enjoying a scenic paddle to Macktown Forest Preserve.

It’s a very popular trip offered by Rocktown Adventures. Sign up now to secure your spot!

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This six mile guided paddle traces the route fur traders used back in the day when the Rock River acted like a Commerce Highway. 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.  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 $20 for those that need a shuttle.  Reservations required! To sign up please give Rocktown Adventures a call at 815-636-9066 or click here to register.

Join on the paddle trip for free if you have your own boat and shuttle! 

Community Cleanup! “Good” plant or “Bad” plant? : Plant ID/Invasive Species Removal at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“Good” plant or “Bad” plant? Let’s dig in and find out!

Join the adult Stream Team and spend a morning learning basic plant I.D. techniques and how to identify the plants that don’t belong near our streams. What does the presence of invasive plant species tell us about the health of the NATC ecosystem, and how does removing them improve the habitat for the area’s plants and animals. Revitalize the area by helping with Kelley Creek bank restoration and Turtle Creek clean-up and make a positive impact on the community!

  • Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, socks and closed- toed shoes.
  • Please bring bug spray.
  • 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]

 

Aug
27
Sun
Centennial Open House at Nature At the Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Nature At The Confluence is celebrating South Beloit’s Centennial by holding an Open House at Nature At The Confluence! Come wander our grounds, visit the Learning Center and find out about the plans for this beautiful new space in South Beloit. 

12pm-2pm – Pop Up Discovery Stops for Kids – Wander around the campus, and stop by our Pop Up Discover Stops featuring Water Play, Sand Play and Stone Play.

12pm – Every Last Drop, Clean Water for All: Youth Stream Team Program – Free Program for Youth Ages 5-13. Registration Required! Visit this page to learn more and to register.

1:30pm: The Confluence: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Come learn about this beautiful location at this presentation. The confluence of  Turtle Creek and the Rock River has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, as fertile land and abundant resources made it a very desirable place to live. Native American Indians settled here, fur traders used the waters as a trade route, and in the last 100 years, South Beloit has become a bustling community.

Aug
30
Wed
Wednesday Weeders – A Green Team Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 30 @ 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!

The Sensory Garden featuring Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture – Rotary Gardens @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Sensory gardens strive to maximize the sensory impact that the garden has on its visitors.  Sensory gardens encourage garden guests to touch, taste, admire and listen. All gardens are sensory but through proper plant selection and placement, along with the use of other garden elements and features, we can maximize sensory engagement (all five senses). Through this free program you’ll get ideas on how to maximize the “sensory impact” of your entire garden.

This program will be held in the Indoor Learn Center at Nature At The Confluence and you’ll also be invited to visit our new Sensory Garden. There is no cost for the program, but a free will offering will be taken to support our gardens.  No registration is needed, but seating is limited to 55 people.

Guest Speaker: Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens (Janesville, WI). Along with a talented grounds staff and dedicated volunteers, he oversees the maintenance and improvement of this 20 acre botanical garden. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture (University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana) and urban forestry (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point). His true passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants.

 

Sep
6
Wed
Wednesday Weeders – A Green Team Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 6 @ 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!

“The Importance of Pollinators” featuring Larry and Emily Scheunemann @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Did you know that over 80% of the world’s flowering plants, including crops that feed humans and animals, need pollinators? But, pollinator species are in distress as their habitats have become threatened by various human activities. In this free program you’ll learn all about hummingbirds, butterflies and bees and how to help them and how to attract them to your yard and garden.

Our presenters for this program are Larry and Emily Scheunemann, who have a 30-acre farm in Whitewater that focuses on hummingbirds and monarchs. Larry and Emily were featured in the June/July 2017 issue of “Our Wisconsin” magazine, and each year they open their farm to the public in September to observe Hummingbird banding and Monarch tagging. Attendees of this program will learn about their farm and how you can visit it during their open houses.

This program will be held in the Indoor Learn Center at Nature At The Confluence and you’ll also be invited to visit our new Pollinator Garden. There is no cost for the program, but a free will offering will be taken to support our Pollinator Garden.  No registration is needed, but seating is limited to 55 people.

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]