Dig Up Some History at Beloit Heritage Days Sept 9-11, 2022

Dig Up Some History at Beloit Heritage Days Sept 9-11, 2022

We invite you to come dig up some historic adventures during Beloit Heritage Days – September 9-11, 2022. Be ready for some historic adventures during Beloit Heritage Days – September 9-11, 2022. The Beloit Heritage Days Passport will guide you on your...
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...
A hidden creek in South Beloit gets new life with $30,000 grant

A hidden creek in South Beloit gets new life with $30,000 grant

If you would ask anyone who lives in South Beloit where Kelly Creek is, most people wouldn’t be able to tell you. But, this hidden creek is about to get new life thanks to a $30,000 grant the City of South Beloit received for development of the Kelly Creek...
Confluence Experiences offer small group experiences

Confluence Experiences offer small group experiences

Confluence Experiences are a new offering at Nature At The Confluence. These unique, interactive activities are specially designed for small, private groups from 4 to 6 people and are customizable for all ages. Your group will be the only people at this private...
Find joy in hitting the “repeat button” in nature

Find joy in hitting the “repeat button” in nature

By Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, Nature At The Confluence If we’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that there is a lot of beautiful places to visit and experience not far from home that can lift your spirit. What I’ve found most rewarding...
My summer as an AmeriCorps Member at Nature At The Confluence

My summer as an AmeriCorps Member at Nature At The Confluence

Note from Executive Director Therese Oldenburg ~ Nicole Lyford joined Nature At The Confluence staff in June 2020 in the midst of all the unknowns that this year would bring. She came to us through the AmeriCorps program in partnership with Severson Dells Nature...
2020: See How We Connected People With Nature This Year!

2020: See How We Connected People With Nature This Year!

2020: See How We Connected People With Nature This Year!People sought out natural places this year, as never before! There were so many visitors hiking the trails, visiting our gardens and using our picnic areas. While 2020 wasn’t the year that we had planned, we...
New Trails added in 2020

New Trails added in 2020

While 2020 wasn’t the year we all expected it to be, we were able to devote more attention to making new trails on the Confluence property. We are surrounded by the Rock River, Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek, and you’ll find scenic beauty along our trails...
The Mystery of Fur Trader Joseph Thibault

The Mystery of Fur Trader Joseph Thibault

By Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director of Nature At The Confluence Notes: There are many variations of Joseph Thibault’s name including Tebo, for the sake of consistency, we’ll use Thibault in this story. All references about this time refer to...