Calendar

Jun
2
Sun
“Bears, Bees & Honey Tea Party” | Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • “Bears, Bees & Honey Tea Party”  is our theme for this special Nature Kids program.
  • Bring your favorite bear or other stuffed animal and a blanket or beach towel along for this Tea Party where you’ll learn all about how special bees are!
  • We’ll have a tea party under the shade of The Big Tree, where you’ll enjoy tasting organic herbal tea and lemonade sweetened naturally with local honey.
  • Featuring a Story Under the Big Tree and free play at our Pop Up Discovery Stops
  • 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.

* This program is offered at no cost to the community through support from the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation

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Jun
8
Sat
Illinois Natural History Traveling Science Center is coming! @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hop On Board!

The Illinois Natural History Traveling Science Center is coming to town! Hop on board this cool mobile exhibit to explore the informative, engaging science exhibits. 10am-2pm FREE!

Other events that day

Adventures in the 100 Acre Woods! Grab a map and find all the spots in our new Pooh-inspired locations around our property – 10am-1pm
Monarch Magic – See our love monarch exhibit 10am-1pm
► See our newly expanded Learning and Pollinator Gardens, including our Native American Garden and Rabbit’s Garden. 10am-1pm
Who Once Lived Here? | Ke-chunk Village Program at 1pm – Learn what we know about the Ho-Chunk Ke-Chunk Village and why people called this area home. (Geared more for adults)

Meet Me At The Confluence Season Kickoff @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

meet me at the confluenceHead down to the Confluence to help us kick off our exciting summer season! Free event for the community!

►The Illinois Natural History Traveling Science Center is coming to town! Hop on board this cool mobile exhibit to explore the informative, engaging science exhibits. 10am-1pm
Adventures in the 100 Acre Woods! Grab a map and find all the spots in our new Pooh-inspired locations around our property – 10am-1pm
Monarch Magic – See our love monarch exhibit 10am-1pm
► See our newly expanded Learning and Pollinator Gardens, including our Native American Garden and Rabbit’s Garden. 10am-1pm
Who Once Lived Here? | Ke-chunk Village Program at 1pm – Learn what we know about the Ho-Chunk Ke-Chunk Village and why people called this area home. (Geared more for adults)

Who Once Lived Here? | Ke-Chunk Village At The Confluence @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Who Once Lived Here? |  Ke-Chunk Village At The Confluence

A Program Of Our 2019 Learning Series – Kečąk: We Once Lived Here | The Ho-Chunk At Ke-Chunk Village 

This program will also be offered on Sunday, August 11 and Saturday, September  7 at 1:00 p.m.

At the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River there once was a very large Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) settlement called Ke-Chunk (Kečąk) or Turtle Village. The Ho-Chunk lived all along Turtle Creek until 1832. “We Once Lived Here: The Ho-Chunk at Ke-Chunk Village” series features a variety of programs held throughout the year at Nature At The Confluence that highlights the culture and heritage of historic and contemporary Native American Indians.  Come learn what we know about Turtle Village and why people called this area home. We’ll start indoors with a visual presentation, and then walk the confluence property to learn more (less than quarter mile).

Presented by Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, Nature At The Confluence.

  • Free event, but donations appreciated.
  • Program for all ages.

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Jun
13
Thu
Pressed Plants Journal | Program with Welty Environmental @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

pressed plantsHelp your budding naturalist expand their plant identification skills with a pressed plant journal. We will go on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them.

Supplies to bring:

  • Specimen bag or basket
  • Several sheets of unlined acid free paper
    • (If you are not concerned about LONG TERM preservation, unlined copy/printer paper will work just fine.)
  • 2 pieces of cardboard cut to size of paper
  • Small notebook for taking notes
  • Pencil

This program is offered through Welty Environmental Center, call 608-362-6212 or please register at this link.

Jun
15
Sat
Janesville Morning Rotary’s 19th Annual Pie Ride @ Lions Beach @ 1401 Palmer Dr
Jun 15 @ 6:00 am – 4:00 pm

Janesville Morning Rotary Annual Pie Ride is a bicycling event featuring 20k, 50k, 100k and 100 mile Century routes through scenic Southern Wisconsin. Serious riders can choose one of the longer rides, while the 20K ride is perfect for a fun family activity. Enjoy well-marked, paved and low traveled bike routes and multiple rest stops supplied with food and beverages. All riders receive a long sleeve t-shirt and 7032420a delicious pie at the finish line. Registration opens at 6am, the 100 mile and 100K rides begin at 6:30 am, and the 20K and 50K rides begin at 8am.

Cost:  $30 individual, $70 famly (pre-registration); $35 individual, $75 family day of race (Free Parking)
Location: Lions Beach – 1401 Palmer Dr – Janesville, WI 53545
Categorized as: Bike
Phone: (623) 703-2420

Youth & Dad Fly Fishing Intro Class @ Nature at the Confluence
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring Dad out on Father’s Day weekend to learn a new skill you can enjoy together! Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn for all ages.

In this basic intro course you’ll get fly fishing tips and will have an opportunity to practice casting on the land, then head to the creek for an on-water demo and to try fly casting. No fishing license is needed, as this Illinois’ Free Fishing Weekend.

You’ll also get tips on how to choose gear & tackle, where to fish, how to safely release fish and more in this program offered by Joshua Glovinsky, owner of Midwest Fishing Adventures.

$10 for up to 3 people in family – must pre-register below to reserve your spots.

About Josh Glovinsky Since 2012, Josh spends every free moment chasing Smallmouth and Northern Pike on the watersheds of Northern Illinois. He is an advocate for conservation and practices catch, photo and release. He says “Just a little over 8 years ago I fell in love with Fly Fishing on a guided fly fishing trip for carp on Lake Michigan. Every waking moment since landing my first carp on the fly has been consumed with thoughts of fly fishing. It has become an addiction that has literally kept me sane as I try to balance working full time, teaching at RVC part time, and raising two little ones.”

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Jun
18
Tue
Nature Kids Adventures In The 100 Acre Woods – free program – Ages 4-7 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bring the kids to find adventures in the “100 Acre Woods” at Nature At the Confluence!

Each week features a fun, new theme inspired by Winnie-The-Pooh stories. 

  • Held each Tuesday, 10am-11:00am June 18 through July 23.
  • Featuring Stories Under the Big Tree and Pooh’s Pop Up Discovery Stops & Thinking Spots
  • 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 the Jeffrey and Judith Adams Fund and the Colonel Robert H. Morse Foundation.

Program Themes

  • June 18 – Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing – Finding adventures in ordinary places, playing Pooh Sticks
  • June 25 – Who’s Living In These Woods?  Habitat Exploration, Make An Animal Home
  • July 2 – What’s Growing In Rabbit’s Garden? Growing food, eating healthy, cooking food
  • July 9 – Bears, Bees and Honey, Oh My! – Sample delicious honey, find out why bees are good and how we can help them
  • July 16- Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away! – Blustery Day, Watershed, Pooh Sticks
  • July 23 – What’s the Buzz About Prairies? – Discover who lives in the prairie – plants, monarchs, bees, birds, fox & more!

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Jun
22
Sat
Bike to the Farmer’s Market Event @ Janesville Farmer's Market
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jun
25
Tue
Janesville Town Square Gran Prix @ Downtown Janesville
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Downtown Janesville will be filled with excitement for the Janesville Town Square Gran Prix, the sixth leg of the Tour of America’s Dairyland Series. Racers will enjoy a course that not only showcases Janesville’s scenic location and interesting architecture, but also gives a glimpse of our downtown’s renaissance through the ARISE project. The Rock River runs through the race site and provides a beautiful backdrop for race events.

Free for spectators (Free Parking)

Volunteers needed.