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
21
Tue
The Golden Hour : Cameras At The Confluence Photographer Meetup @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

Cameras At The Confluence: Summer Macro Photography
Tuesday, August 21 , 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 “The Golden Hour“. You know those photos that seem to glow, and everything in them seems rimmed with a halo of light? The ones with stunning flares of light that look like the subject’s soul is exploding out of them and dust clouds that look like magic suspended in air? Well, most of the time that wasn’t just coincidence – those photos were taken during what’s commonly known as the golden hour, also known as the magic hour.

We’ll have some time to talk, share and go outside and shoot during the “Golden Hour”

  • This is a free event open to area photographers.
  • No registration required.

 

 

 

 

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
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

 

 

Sep
26
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 26 @ 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
28
Fri
Nature Poetry & Prose With Natural Land Institute @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by Natural Land Institute In Partnership with Nature at the Confluence

Be inspired by literary works featuring poetry and prose about nature as you listen to the writers read their creative compositions that celebrate time in nature and commemorate their experiences with and observations of the natural world. This event will also be a book launch for an anthology of poetry and prose works from past participating writers. Please join us for this exciting fall evening event at Nature at the Confluence.

Cost: FREE for NLI members, $5 for non-members

Registration requested by Thursday, September 27: call 815/964-6666  – Click Here to Register