Earth Day Walkabout Offers Sneak Peek At New Confluence Conservation Area on Rock River

The Rock River Trail visitor center is located at Nature At The Confluence in South Beloit. We are pleased to co-host this event with Nature At The Confluence in celebration of Earth Day 2022. 

Join Nature At The Confluence’s 2022 Earth Day Walkabout and you’ll be among the first to see, and learn, firsthand the work Nature At The Confluence is doing to restore the land at the newly designated Confluence Conservation Area along the Rock River. This is a guided 2-mile hike on beautiful, but long neglected river bottomland, where more than 200 tires, 27 TVs and 4 truckloads of trash were hauled out in 2021 (and more yet to haul out!). We’ll reveal the fascinating history of this land which was previously owned by the railroad. You’ll also have the opportunity to give us feedback on uses for the land in the future. NOTE: This area is under development and will be rugged walking and possibly muddy.

Active Stewardship Opportunity: During this hike, participants will distribute Milkweed seeds and other native seeds along the land. We’ll also bring bags to carry out any trash we find along the way.

After our hike, you can choose to do a self-guided walk along Nature At The Confluence’s EarthWalk Trail with stops featuring quotes from “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Robin draws on her life as an indigenous woman and scientist to show how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.

  • This tour is led by Therese Oldenburg, Nature At The Confluence and co-coordinator of the Rock River Trail
  • This event is free, but Nature At The Confluence welcomes donations to support our restoration work.
  • NOTE: This area is still under development and will be rugged walking and possibly muddy. The walk will be 2 miles.
  • This event is for ages 14 and up.
  • Wear sturdy footwear appropriate for conditions. 
  • Registration is required – Click here to register
  • Please fill out and bring this Waiver Form.
  • This event is hosted by the Rock River Trail and Nature At The Confluence