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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! We have filled all spaces available for this program.
  • This is a family event and an adult must stay with the children

Sorry! Registration is closed for this program. 

 

 

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
7
Tue
“Riding The Rails” film screening | Time Traveler Series @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Confluence area was once home to a “hobo jungle”, a gathering place and encampment of men (and sometimes women) who rode the rails.  We present the PBS documentary Riding the Rails to tell the poignant and little-known story of teen hobos during the Depression in the 1930s, a time of desperation and bitter hardship.This documentary is a winner of 18 major awards including the Peabody Award and Best Documentary.  Riding the Rails is that rare film that will inform, dazzle and profoundly move its audience. This is not a ride you want to miss!

Nature At The Confluence is now bringing new life to the beautiful land along the Rock River, creating hiking trails where people once camped. But the memories of the “hobo jungle” still linger and we feel the history of that era is an important thread in the fabric of our American story and our community’s story that needs to be told and preserved.

  • After the viewing of the 70 min. documentary, audience members are encouraged share their own recollections.
  • This program is free, but donations are welcome to support our restoration work.
  • Samples of Mulligan Stew, said to have originated in hobo camps, will be available.
  • This is a program Of Our “Time Traveler Series” which is supported by a grant from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

About The Film

Ever since track was first laid for the great locomotives, hobos have listened to the call of the rails, lured by the possibility of free transportation to another place—if they could make their way unnoticed and unharmed. They rode the rails for various reasons—to escape economic hardship, satisfy an urge for adventure, or simply to feed their wanderlust. Along the way, they developed their own culture…the hobo culture.

The Great Depression forced 4,000,000 Americans away from their homes and onto the tracks in search of food and lodging. Riding the Rails is the story of the youth that either ran away or were forced to leave home during the depression. This documentary interviews people from different backgrounds who hoboed in the 1930’s while they were still in their teens. It tells of the tough times families were enduring, often causing young people to try to provide for themselves. It seemed as if the elusive jobs were always someplace else and the rails were an accessible means of travel.   

The documentary captured interviews of people that actually road the rails as teens. “Some hadn’t spoken of their experiences in sixty years. They poured their hearts out to us,” says director Michael Uys. “They were just kids then and when they look back, it’s with a blend of nostalgia and pain.” Riding the Rails vividly combines the clear-eyed memories of witnesses with archival footage of teens riding atop speeding trains and newsreel interviews with lean-bodied kids full of bravado.

The film features a rich soundtrack of American folk tunes of the time, including songs by Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotten, Doc Watson, and Jimmie Rodgers. Do you love music from that era? Don’t miss “Goin’ Down The Road” : Songs of the Confluence featuring railroad and labor folk music by Bucky Halker. Held Sunday, July 12, 1pm. Learn more.

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Apr
18
Sat
Capturing The Moments of VetsRoll with Michael Cullen | Cameras At The Confluence @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

As the VetsRoll coordinator of still photography, Michael Cullen has been capturing the poignant images of the last 6 VetsRolls trips to Washington D.C. Come learn about his experiences on these trips as he shares his memories and images from those last 6 trips. He’ll soon be packing up his equipment for the 11th VetsRoll Trip, departing May 17. (learn more below about VetsRoll)

  • This is a “Cameras At The Confluence” program, which in 2020 will highlight the talents of local photographers. The public is invited to attend!
  • Registration is required as space is limited. Please register below. 
  • The event is free to attend, but is also a fundraiser for VetsRoll, so we ask you to consider donating at the door. 

Michael Cullen Bio: This May will be my 6th trip on VetsRoll and 4th as coordinator of still photography for the trip. Prior to going on the trip I covered the send-off and homecoming for the organization.

I have been interested in photography since my grandfather started teaching me cameras in England in the early 1980’s, and I have been shooting professionally since 1997. I specialize in ‘people shots’, families, seniors, weddings and, of course, VetsRoll.  I have lived in Beloit since 1996 and am a career firefighter/paramedic for the City of Beloit.

I have been published in the Beloit Daily News and the Beloit College Magazine and had photos picked up for the Associated Press and published nationwide. I also won 1st place in the 2014 Media Awards Contest for the International Association of Fire Fighters.

VetsRoll’s mission is to thank and pay tribute to WWII and most senior Veterans and ‘Rosie-the-Riveters’ – by transporting them to Washington, D.C. over four days of honor and remembrance, at no cost to our heroes. Each year, 200 WWII and Korean Era Veterans and ‘Rosies-the-Riveters’ are treated to this trip! Learn more about VetsRoll at this link.

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Apr
19
Sun
Pressed Plant Art presented by Welty Environmental Center @ Nature at the Confluence
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Looking for a fun Spring project to do? Expand your plant identification skills while making pressed plant art! We will go outside on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them and turn them into art. All ages are welcome.

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

  • Optional: Pencil & Small notebook to keep track of flower identification

Cost: $5 donation

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by registering at this link or call Welty Environmental Center at 608-362-6212

Location: Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St.

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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
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. 
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Jun
10
Wed
Birds and Binoculars with Welty Environmental Center | Woods of Wonder Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jun 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program where you’ll head into our “Woods Of Wonder” to do a little birding!. We will use our sense of hearing to learn to identify a few common birds to the area, and then we will discover the power of binoculars to heighten our sight on a hike.

Please register with Welty Environmental Center to let us know that you are coming or call 608-362-6212.