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Feb
9
Sun
Nature Trivia presented by Welty Environmental Center @ Nature at the Confluence
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Welty Environmental Center is hosting a fun Nature Trivia event at Nature At The Confluence!

Want to test your knowledge on the Stateline’s great outdoors? Join us for nature trivia and answer questions on all sorts of topics about Stateline wildlife, plants, rivers, parks, and more! Bring friends and family or meet new people when you arrive to form your teams. Winning team will be crowned champion of Welty’s Nature Trivia! All ages are welcome.

Location: Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St.

Register at this link

 

 

Mar
14
Sat
“Creatures of The Deep Blue Sea” Growing Up Wild™ Program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Beat the winter blues with a virtual trip to the sea!

Your Growing Up Wild leaders will be just coming back from the beach in Florida and will be bringing back some cool stuff for you to learn about! Each child will be able to take home a real shark tooth fossil and a shell found on the beach in Englewood, FL – the shark tooth capital of Florida!

Kids and families will enjoy story time, sensory play time and art in this free program recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome!

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. fun, innovative activities and experiences.

  • Free Event! But limited registration! Please register below!
  • This is a family event and an adult must stay with the children

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Mar
29
Sun
Prescribed Burn Training presented by Natural Land Institute @ Nature at the Confluence
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Prescribed Burn Training

Sunday, March 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  $60 (Includes the 155 page Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Manual)
Preregistration is required

PLEASE REGISTER and pay by March 27, 2019 on Call 815/964-6666, or send your name, address, affiliation (if any) to Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104..

Register with Natural Land Institute at this link

Natural Land Institute’s Director of Stewardship, Zach Grycan, and Melissa Grycan, Restoration Ecologist for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, will lead a Prescribed Burn Training Workshop for anyone interested in learning how to manage their own land and volunteering for NLI land stewardship or for other conservation organizations. Learn how to conduct a prescribed burn and tips on best practices from both who are experienced prescribed burn managers. The workshop will be based on Chicago Wilderness’ Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training Manual.

Indoor Classroom Instruction: 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
(Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, IL)

Topics to be covered will include:
• Discussion of fire behavior and suppression
• Effective use of hand and power tools
• Effective use of water to aid fire suppression
• Conducting a prescribed burn
• Ecological effects of fire

LUNCH: 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. (On Own)

Conduct a Prescribed Burn: 1:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Participants will receive hands-on learning when they assist with a prescribed burn (weather permitting) of the prairie at Nature At The Confluence

COST: $60
(Includes the 155 page Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Manual)

 

Apr
26
Sun
Mammoths to Mounds: 13,000 Years of Native American History | Time Traveler Series @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

People have lived in the Rock River valley ever since the last ice age. Dr. Bill Green presents this program where you’ll learn how the latest archaeological discoveries are adding to our understanding of the area’s ancient residents.

  • Free program, donations are appreciated to support bringing programs like this to the community.
  • Please register below. 

About the presenter:  Dr. Bill Green recently retired from Beloit College where he was Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Museum Studies Program. His major professional interests include North American archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. Dr. Green actively conducts archaeological studies of Woodland communities occupied 1000-2000 years ago in the Mississippi River valley.

This is a program of our Time Travelers Series –  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 the millennia.  The Time Traveler Series will explore the fascinating history of this land and the people who lived or worked near the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River over the centuries.
The Time Traveler Series is supported by a grant from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors

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May
16
Sat
Map Making and Trail Blazing | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Become a Master of the Woods of Wonder!

You’ll learn how to make and follow a map, use a compass, and will find and follow trails. You’ll also learn about how people marked trails in the past. You’ll also learn the “Leave No Trace” ethic. We’ll also explore the new Rock River Birding and Hiking Trail to find out what creatures live down there based on their tracks and the markings they leave behind!

Offered on two dates:  Sat, May 16, 1pm, and Sun., Aug 2, 1pm – register for only one date!

  • Cost is $5 per family – Registration is required – please register below. 
  • Wear shoes and clothing that can get muddy.  
  • This is part of “Woods Of Wonder” program series. Click here to see more programs.

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May
17
Sun
Tortoise And The Hare with Hoo Haven | Woods of Wonder Family Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Who is faster, the tortoise or the hare? Come find out when you meet Hoo Haven’s animal ambassadors in this fun interactive family program! Registration required!

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • This program is offered at no cost to the community through a Hoo Haven grant from Ecolab
  • Space is limited! Registration required – register below

About Hoo Haven: We are dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing, sick, injured and orphaned, North American Wildlife, and to educating individuals to the importance of the conservation of Mother Earth, to maintain the land, clean and beautiful for all. Visit their website to learn more. 

All Hoo Haven Programs Sponsored by a Grant from Ecolab

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May
27
Wed
Fire Masters | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Become A Fire Master! Learn how to survive in the Woods Of Wonder by making a fire! In this hands on program, you’ll learn fire safety, how to start a fire & different types of fires. You’ll learn how people used fire for many different uses over the centuries. After making our fire, we’ll roast S’mores to enjoy! For Ages 7-11

  • Fire Masters is offered on two dates: Wed, May 27, 6pm and Thu July 30, 6pm – Only register for one!
  • Cost is $5 per family – Registration is required – please register below. 
  • This is part of “Woods Of Wonder” program series. Click here to see more programs.

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Jun
6
Sat
Creatures of The Creek | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Amazing creatures live in Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek! In this citizen science program kids ages 7-11 will learn about the animals, fish and tiny creatures called macro-invertebrates that live in these streams. They’ll learn how how healthy our watershed is and how they can be good stewards of our watershed. We’ll also take a hike to see our new trail in the Rock River bottomland and learn about this special eco-system. 

  • Creatures of The Creek is offered on two dates: Sat, June 6, 10am AND Sat, July 11, 10am – Only register for one!
  • Cost is $5 per family – Registration is required – please register below. 
  • Wear shoes and clothing that can get wet or muddy. A towel and change of clothes are recommended. 
  • This is part of “Woods Of Wonder” program series. Click here to see more programs.

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Jun
16
Tue
Nature Kids Woods of Wonder Free Program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to experience the “Woods Of Wonder” programs at Nature At the Confluence!

  • Each week features a fun, new theme
  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 16 through July 21
  • Recommended for ages 4-7. Siblings are welcome.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult. This is not a drop off program, adult must stay with the kids.
  • Free Program! *
  • No registration needed.
  • Come once, or come for all!
  • These themes also repeat throughout the summer on various Saturday and Sundays. Click here to view free programs.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from Jeffrey and Judith Adams

Program Themes

  • Wings, Worms & Woods Of Wonder June 16
  • The Mysterious Owl – June 23
  • Enchanted Woods –  June 30
  • Creatures of The Night –  July 7
  • Butterfly Magic – July 14
  • Flying Dragons & Singing Insects – July 21

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Jun
18
Thu
Community Fire & Drum Circle @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Whether you’re a seasoned drummer, or have never picked up a drum, you are invited to participate! We have all kinds of fun percussion instruments for you to try!

  • Free S’mores are always part of the fun.
  • Hula Hoops, Dance Ribbons!
  • No registration, Free event!
  • Fun for the whole family!
  • Event is cancelled if there is rain.
  • Join in the fun each month on the 3rd Thursday, June-Sept, 6:30-8:00pm