Staff

Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director Therese has been involved with Nature At The Confluence since it was just a concept in 2014 when she worked on the Beloit 2020 (now Beloit 200) committee to help plan and bring the project to fruition. When the nature center...
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...
Doreen Dalman Remembrance Fund to support new woodland trail

Doreen Dalman Remembrance Fund to support new woodland trail

Friends of Doreen Dalman have selected to support an outdoor project at Nature At The Confluence in Doreen’s memory. Doreen was involved in the early planning stages of Nature At The Confluence in her role as Head Librarian at South Beloit Library. She was very...
Explore Outdoors With Free Nature Exploration Packs For Kids!

Explore Outdoors With Free Nature Exploration Packs For Kids!

Nature At The Confluence is celebrating our official opening for the summer by helping kids and their families discover and learn about nature with a free Nature Exploration Pack for kids ages 4-7. These packs are made possible through a donation by the Judith H....
NATC receives ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant

NATC receives ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant

Nature At The Confluence’s Kelly Creek Cleanup and Trail Initiative received a boost with a recent $250 grant from ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant program.  We have been working for 3 years to clean up garbage and clear trails along Kelly Creek, a...
Join The Stateline SunZilla Sunflower Growing Challenge!

Join The Stateline SunZilla Sunflower Growing Challenge!

Time to polish off your gardening skills and show everyone your green thumb! Nature At The Confluence is holding the Stateline SunZilla Sunflower Growing Challenge as a way to have some fun together this summer trying to grow giant sunflowers! Sunflowers are fast...
Grow A Victory Garden!

Grow A Victory Garden!

Time To Get Your Green Thumb On! Get ready to grow with us as we launch our “Victory Garden Initiative” to help people learn how to grow, then prepare their own food at home.  Victory gardens emerged during World Wars I and II as a way to minimize demand on an...
Wild Foraging | Finding Food in the Woods and Fields

Wild Foraging | Finding Food in the Woods and Fields

Wild Foraging: the act of responsibly harvesting edible, wild growing plants and fungi for food, medicine and beverages. I’m just learning about foraging, so I thought I’d start in my own backyard. On a beautiful May morning I foraged in my yard...
How to make your yard a haven for wildlife

How to make your yard a haven for wildlife

How You Can Help Wildlife? This is a great time to think about how you can improve your backyard into welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can...
Is the Boney Island eagle nest tree strong enough to hold nest?

Is the Boney Island eagle nest tree strong enough to hold nest?

Local wildlife photographer Kurt Van Galder who spends quite a lot of time watching and photographing the Boney Island eagle nest has concerns about the tree the eagle nest is in. It is built in a dead cottonwood tree and you’ll see in the photos that it lost...
Outdoors Inspired | Nature art projects for adults and kids

Outdoors Inspired | Nature art projects for adults and kids

We invite you to get inspired by nature Go for a walk in your yard (or park) and collect items that can be used for nature art. We ask that you don’t pick flowers or pull out items from the ground on public or private property (except your own, of course!)....
Boney Island Eagles update

Boney Island Eagles update

Note: Boney Island in the middle of the Rock River is part of Nature At The Confluence Campus. There has been an eagle nest on this island for at least 11 years. Kurt Van Galder is an accomplished wildlife photographer who spends quite a bit of time photographing this...
Plan and Plant Now To Support Pollinators!

Plan and Plant Now To Support Pollinators!

Now is a great time to plan for new plantings to support pollinators! Download the Plants & Pollinators Chart below that shows which season the plants blooms, offering sources of nectar and pollen throughout the growing season. You can support local organizations...
Get Outside and Try Patch Birding or Yard Birding

Get Outside and Try Patch Birding or Yard Birding

Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a fun way to watch and keep track of all the birds in a specific areas. Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a way to list all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard or a specific patch of woods...
2020 is the “Year of Wonder” at Nature At The Confluence

2020 is the “Year of Wonder” at Nature At The Confluence

Experience the Woods of Wonder at Nature At The Confluence We declare 2020 as a Year of Wonder at Nature At The Confluence. We believe that nature is magical and amazing, and the more time and opportunity people have to spend time in it, the better. We look...
“Ke-Chunk Ciporoke” Ho-Chunk Sculpture installed at NATC

“Ke-Chunk Ciporoke” Ho-Chunk Sculpture installed at NATC

We had a beautiful day and wonderful turnout for the dedication of “Ke-Chunk Ciporoke” sculpture by Wisconsin Ho-Chunk artist Truman Lowe (1944-2019). Lowe created this sculpture to honor the Ho-Chunk people who once lived along Turtle Creek at Ke-Chunk village until...
Families will find Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods in 2019

Families will find Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods in 2019

Families will find all kinds of Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods at Nature At The Confluence this year! Adventures In the 100 Acre Woods programs are inspired by the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories by Author A.A. Milne. The themeis woven into features on the grounds...
Cameras At The Confluence photography series launching March 24

Cameras At The Confluence photography series launching March 24

Nature At The Confluence launches its third season of free photography programs with “Cameras At The Confluence: Weather, It Matters”, featuring weather photography by local photographer and storm chaser Tom Purdy. Weather photography is an exciting genre of...
Christopher Robin movie to be shown outdoors on Aug 9 with BIFF

Christopher Robin movie to be shown outdoors on Aug 9 with BIFF

We are excited to offer our first outdoor film shown on an inflatable screen at Nature At The Confluence! Friday, August 9, at approx 8:30pm (dusk) This movie will be shown indoors if it rains (limited seating) Christopher Robin (2018) is a delightful family film that...
Little Free Library Installed at Nature At The Confluence

Little Free Library Installed at Nature At The Confluence

Our Little Free Library is officially open for business! We’ve stocked it with adult and children’s books with general themes of gardening, sciences, history, nature, photography, art, crafts, and much more. Please come pick one or two up! Also we’d...
New 5-week nature-based drawing classes offered

New 5-week nature-based drawing classes offered

Creativity At The Confluence presents this 5-week drawing course with a focus on the natural world This 5-week course is the perfect opportunity for you to become comfortable drawing from nature. This introductory course will cover the  fundamentals of drawing as they...