News from Nature At The Confluence

Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

We are able to offer many of our programs thanks to a strong partnership with the South Beloit Public Library. Library Director Brenda Weinberg recently answered questions about the partnership’s value to the community and what’s in store for the future. How long has...

Views From The Trail

Views From The Trail

Bruce Cawkins (he/him) volunteered to place two trail cameras in our woodland as part of the Master Naturalist program. Bruce achieved the naturalist certification in June through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with Welty Environmental Center....

Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Patrick Rochester (he/him) expects to receive his Eagle Scout award this month (November 2023) after leading an expansion of the Eagle Nest Play Area. The approximately 30-by-17 foot area has additional mulch, new signs, and a tic-tac-toe board. Patrick and his team...

Meet Our Fall Student Interns

Meet Our Fall Student Interns

Hannah Welte (she/her), a senior at Beloit College, is interning this fall as part of her Psychology Practicum and capstone experience. A Biology and Psychology double major, Hannah hopes to pair her work at The Confluence with research into how nature...

Photography at Nature At The Confluence

Photography at Nature At The Confluence

Photographs and videos are a wonderful way to document your time at Nature At The Confluence. We encourage visitors to experiment with photography, and we offer Cameras At The Confluence programs throughout the year. No permit is required for portrait or professional...

Lena’s Reflection

Lena’s Reflection

Written by Lena Verkuilen, outgoing Board President, September 2023 September has always been a time of endings and new beginnings for me. As a child, it was time to say farewell to summer, get new school supplies, start classes and reconnect with friends that I...

Native Host Plants and Their Benefits

Native Host Plants and Their Benefits

Written by: Mason Hoffman (August 2023) We often hear about or directly deal with harmful insects that eat our garden plants and our crops. I myself have been battling spider mites on my houseplants for almost two years now. If I don’t diligently scrape them off every...

Adventures At The Confluence

Adventures At The Confluence

Written by: Faiq Ahmad (August 2023) Trails: As you arrive at Nature At The Confluence and take one of our trail maps, little do you know that you are about to embark on a breathtaking journey. Hiking through the beautiful scenery of the confluence of Turtle Creek and...

Message From Julie

Message From Julie

I recently had the privilege of visiting a friend who lives in Moab, Utah, and got to explore the stunning natural beauty of the American west. While hiking, I learned about the delicate and complex ecosystem of biocrust (pictured lower left), and the importance of...