“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...

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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...