Nature At The Confluence’s Earth Day celebration offers a weekend of activities that highlight ways we can help improve our environment, and will inspire you to try new ways to enjoy the outdoors. Activities run Friday April 20-Sunday April 22 at Nature At The Confluence. Details of activities are below.

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” film screening with special guest Curt Meine. Meine is a senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the film’s on-screen guide and narrator. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased online in advance due to limited seating. Get tickets 

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Plant It. Grow It! Community Planting This free event offers people the opportunity to help with planting bare root trees and shrubs to improve NATC’s certified “Wildlife Habit”.  Bring shovels, gloves and sturdy shoes. You can also learn about our pollinator garden and take home free milkweed seeds to plant to increase monarch butterfly habitat. Learn more

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m – Free Oak Tree Distribution – Take home a free bare-root oak sapling to plant as part of Rock River Trail’s efforts to restore habitat along this 320-mile National Water Trail. (available while supplies last) – Learn more about this effort by the Rock River Trail.

Sunday, April 22, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Geocaching Adventures –Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enable devices. Terri Gile and Brian Gile have been Geocaching for many years and would like to share their adventures and encourage you to get out and try it! Free event. No registration required. Learn more

Sunday, April 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Backpacking in the Midwest – This program presented by Rocktown Adventures will help you get ready to start planning a backpacking trip in the Midwest. Learn about the gear you need, best practices for packing, physical conditioning required, and potential destinations.  $10 fee, kids 12 and under are free. Register by calling 815-636-9066.  Register at this link

Sunday, April 22, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Take home a free bare-root oak sapling to plant as part of Rock River Trail’s efforts to restore habitat along this 320-mile National Water Trail. (available while supplies last) – Learn more about this effort by the Rock River Trail.

Sunday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. Free screening of “SEED: The Untold Story” This thought-provoking film was produced and directed by Taggart Siegel, a 1981 Beloit College alumnus. The film tells the story of passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. You’ll also learn about Beloit Public Library’s new seed library where you can check out heirloom seeds for planting in your garden. Free pollinator-friendly seed packets will be given away. Get free tickets!

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