Custom Programs

We offer many public programs throughout the year, but we would love to host a custom-made program for your classroom, group, or club. Program fees start at $60 per group for up to 60 people of any age. 

We have a variety of programs that can be customized for your group and we also offer presentations about the history of this land. Please email info@natureattheconfluence.com or call 815-200-6910 to schedule. 

School-Age Program Offerings

  • Water Protectors: This program starts indoors and includes a walk through either Turtle Creek or Kelly Creek. Available between May and September. Description: We all play a role in protecting our watersheds. Learn about the three bodies of water that run through Nature At The Confluence, search for aquatic life using research tools, and enjoy the refreshing feeling of wading in a creek. This program can be customized for any age group over three years old.
  • Monarch Magic: This presentation starts indoors and includes an outdoor game and nature walk, Available between May and September. Description: Discover the amazing journey of the monarch super generation and learn about the incredible monarch lifecycle. 
  • Hibernation & Migration: This program is available for ages 3-13 and includes indoor story time and activites, as well as a nature walk to observe signs of animals. Available October-April. Description: Take a close look at the diversity of animals that call make their home at The Confluence, and the various ways they adapt to the changing seasons. 

Adult Program Offerings

  • The Confluence: If This Land Could Talk: This presentation is offered in two ways. The guided walk is more immersive, allowing you to use all the senses as we explore the history of the land. The indoor presentation can be offered during all seasons and is great for those with mobility limitations. Description: If this land could talk it would tell you about the people that cared for it, revered it, cried for it, dreamed of it, and shaped it over millennia.
  • Option 1: The Confluence: If This Land Could Talk Walking Tour: This is a 45-minute outdoor guided walk highlighting the different historical aspects of the land and the people who lived here. We will walk on flat, easily navigated trails, less than 3/4 mile.
  • Option 2: The Confluence: If This Land Could Talk Indoor Presentation: This is a 45-minute indoor
    presentation with slides. The audience will be seated for the presentation.
  • Discover The Women Of The Confluence: This is a 45-minute indoor presentation with slides. The audience will be seated for the presentation. Description: From the Ho-Chunk women who made their homes here until they were forced to leave, to the Native wives of French fur traders, and the settlers who arrived by wagon to build their home in the new frontier.  People have lived at the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River for over 12,000 years, but much of the written history about the people who dwelled here focuses on the men who left their mark here and little has been written about the women.   
  • Discover History Along The Rock River: This is a 45-minute indoor presentation with slides. The audience will be seated for the presentation. Description: In this presentation Therese Oldenburg, coordinator of the Rock River Trail and retired director of Nature At The Confluence, will share what she has learned about the peoples who lived along the shorelines of the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong. The Rock River Valley is a very archaeologically important area and in Wisconsin there are over 80 historic sites and villages identified between Beloit and the Indianford Dam, and over 25 identified around Lake Koshkonong. You’ll also learn about the Rock River Trail, including the Rock River History Trail, which covers 320 miles in 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Contact us for more information!