Mission of Nature At The Confluence
Nature At The Confluence will inspire the love of nature, and cultivate environmental understanding and stewardship.
And to accomplish this mission we will:
- Strengthen people’s connection with nature through programs and activities that bring the great outdoors to families, schools, and neighbors.
- Restore the land at the confluence and through that process reconnect people to the land.
- Work with community partners to have a larger community impact.
And through our efforts we will have the following impact on our communities:
- Environmental stewardship action will increase, leading to a healthier planet.
- Youth, adults and families will receive the mental and physical benefits from time spent outdoors.
- Families will be strengthened through shared experiences in nature.
- Resident sense-of-place will increase through involvement in their local natural areas.
Nature At The Confluence acknowledges that we occupy ancestral Ho-Chunk land, where their people lived at Ke-chunk-nee-shun-nuk-ra, or Turtle village, until an 1832 treaty forced them to cede this territory. For decades federal and state governments repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin and Illinois. Through our programs we seek to educate visitors about the Ho-Chunk’s legacy of resilience, and honor their ancestors that cherished this land.
Nature At The Confluence, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Lena Verkuilen – President
Andre De Kok – Vice President
Therese Oldenburg – Treasurer
Carl Lange – Secretary
Julie Uram, Executive Director
Learn more about our Staff here.