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...
Dig Up Some History at Beloit Heritage Days Sept 8-10, 2023

Dig Up Some History at Beloit Heritage Days Sept 8-10, 2023

We invite you to come dig up some historic adventures during Beloit Heritage Days – September 8-10, 2023. The Beloit Heritage Days Passport will guide you on your history-hunting trek throughout Beloit as you explore 14 free events & historic sites over the...
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...
Stella’s Perspective

Stella’s Perspective

Stella Barrett is back! Stella (they/them) volunteered with us last fall and has returned as a paid intern for the spring. Below is an edited Q & A with Stella, conducted by volunteer Mary Kaull.    What made you want to return this semester? I love the...
Become a sustaining Friend Of The Confluence

Become a sustaining Friend Of The Confluence

For those who share our vision of restoring the natural beauty of the land and inspiring community connections at the confluence of Turtle Creek and Rock River, we invite you to support our efforts by joining Friends of The Confluence- our monthly donation club. Over...
Grant to Beautify Kelly Creek Completed

Grant to Beautify Kelly Creek Completed

Kelly Creek is comprised of a natural spring that mingles with storm water before flowing into the Rock River. Buried underground 70 years ago to allow for development, the creek has been heavily impacted by discarded foundry sand, slag, concrete, tires and glass....
Ho-Chunk Nation youth paddle from Madison to Beloit in Five Days

Ho-Chunk Nation youth paddle from Madison to Beloit in Five Days

From Beloit Daily News | By Jacob Roushia | June 16, 2022 _____________________________________________________________ Over five days, Ho-Chunk Nation youth will go on an educational and spiritual journey following the path of their ancestors which includes the...
Environmental Grant received from Illinois American Water

Environmental Grant received from Illinois American Water

Nature at the Confluence is pleased to announce that we have received a $1,000 Illinois American Water’s 2022 Environmental Grant to purchase an EnviroScape Model to strengthen our watershed-focused educational programming for K-12 students, scouts, adults and...
Earth Day Oak Sapling Giveaway April 22- 23

Earth Day Oak Sapling Giveaway April 22- 23

Nature At The Confluence celebrates Earth Day with Free Oak Sapling distribution. In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Nature At The Confluence will distribute 250 free bare-root bur, red, and swamp oak saplings as part of the Rock River Trail’s efforts to...

New Confluence Conservation Area Clean Up on Rock River

The newly designated Confluence Conservation Area is one of the Stateline’s most beautiful locations, but it is also one of the most polluted by trash.  The property that borders the river was owned by the railroad and over 125 years of industrial, railroad...
Prairie Burn planned for March 26 with Natural Land Institute

Prairie Burn planned for March 26 with Natural Land Institute

A prescribed burn of the prairie at Nature At The Confluence is planned for Saturday, March 26, 2022, between 1pm and 5pm, contingent on weather and wind conditions. If we are unable to burn this spring due to weather or wind conditions we may try again in the...
Thinking about Spring? Join Our Wednesday Work Days Green Team

Thinking about Spring? Join Our Wednesday Work Days Green Team

It’s not too early to start thinking Spring! Join our Green Team! Each Wednesday, 10am-12pm from May 4- Sept 7, we pull on our work gloves and focus on taking care of the land.  We invite you to join us whenever you can! We might work on pulling Garlic...
Want To Get Tuned Into Nature? Keep a Phenology Calendar

Want To Get Tuned Into Nature? Keep a Phenology Calendar

The new year gives us a chance to start with a fresh calendar and toss out the old one. But, what if the information you collected in that calendar was vital to your survival? People have always observed and noted the timing of natural events. Early people knew when...
South Beloit Community Tree Lighting Celebration

South Beloit Community Tree Lighting Celebration

Join Us For A New, Festive Tradition For Our Community! Ongoing Activities From 4:30 to 6:00pm – Ornament Making & Tree Decorating – Fire & Marshmallow Roasting – Enjoy Hot Cider & Hot Chocolate – Take a fun picture at the Festive...
Land Acknowledgement adopted by Nature At The Confluence

Land Acknowledgement adopted by Nature At The Confluence

At the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River, from about 1822-1832, there was a very large Ho-Chunk settlement called Ke-Chunk (Kečąk) or Turtle Village.  You can learn more about Ke-Chunk (pronounced kay-chunk) Village and the Ho-Chunk people in the...
Participate in “My View Photo Perspective Hike”

Participate in “My View Photo Perspective Hike”

Come participate in the new “My View Photo Perspective Hike”, which challenges people of all ages and photographic abilities to take photos of the same five subjects with their own unique perspective, and then share them on Facebook or Instagram using the #myviewhike...
Meet Our Summer Team!

Meet Our Summer Team!

Introducing our amazing Super Summer team for 2021! I could have posed my team in so many ways for this photo, but instead I took a photo of them cooling off in the stream on a 90 degree day after they’d pulled buckets of glass and rusty metal from the exposed...
Summer Soaring Challenge for Kids!

Summer Soaring Challenge for Kids!

Kids Can Soar To New Heights This Summer with the Summer Soaring Challenge! Kids that finish at least 10 Summer Soaring Challenges and bring in their sheet will receive a FREE book!  Complete all 15 Challenges and you will receive a FREE book AND be entered...
“Time For Tea” Garden in our Learning Gardens

“Time For Tea” Garden in our Learning Gardens

Time For Tea! Our newest container garden in our Learning Gardens is our “Time For Tea” Garden. It features just some of the herbs that can be used to prepare aromatic, healthy and tasty herbal teas. There are so many plants you can use to make teas! There...
Big Birding Day featuring John Audubon – May 16

Big Birding Day featuring John Audubon – May 16

We’re bringing Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist to Nature At The Confluence to bring John Audubon to life!   Brian, portraying John Audubon the artist, will be featured in two programs on...
Starry, Starry Night video and new night hike series launched

Starry, Starry Night video and new night hike series launched

This is so cool! We created a Starry Night video (see below) which shows the night sky on grand opening day of the nature center on 6/19/17. Using a process called sonification, the music is generated by the stars themselves, by converting each star’s color and...
Summer AmeriCorps Internship Available

Summer AmeriCorps Internship Available

Interested in joining our team as an AmeriCorps member? Nature At The Confluence has an 450 hour AmeriCorps position that will receive a cost of living stipend and a federal education award of $1,638.89 upon completion of the term of service. Depending on your...