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Jul
11
Sat
Creatures of The Creek | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 11 @ 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, July 11, 10am AND Tues,  Aug 18, 1pm – 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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  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $5 Registration per Family
  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $5 Registration per Family
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Jul
12
Sun
“Goin’ Down The Road” Folk Songs of The Confluence featuring Bucky Halker | Time Traveler Series @ Nature at the Confluence
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Illinois Folk Singer Bucky Halker will  have you spellbound as he musically weaves the story of the people who labored and lived at the confluence land…from the men who rode the rails and lived in encampments during the depression era, to the Irish workers who toiled to build the railroads, and the men who labored in the foundries We invite you to join Bucky Halker for a musical program with commentary that features folksongs of Illinois and songs from Woodie Guthrie. This is a program Of Our “Time Traveler Series” which is supported by a grant from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.  Bucky’s performance is brought to the community through the Illinois Road Scholar program.

  • This is a free program for all ages.
  • This program will be held outdoors if weather permits. Please bring lawn chairs.

About the presenter: Bucky Halker is a musician and historian with 15 albums to his credit, including “Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill” (2015), honoring martyred Swedish labor songster Hill, “The Ghost of Woody Guthrie” (2012), an original music tribute to Guthrie, and “Welcome to Labor Land,” featuring renditions of historic labor protest songs from Illinois. Halker, a Ph.D. in labor history, is the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 and the producer-scholar for the Folksongs of Illinois CD series, vols. 1-5. He has received numerous awards, including the Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center in 2012, and served as guest professor in Germany at Carl von Ossietzky University in 2016. Since 2007 he has been the director of Company of Folk, an organization devoted to folk and ethnic arts and traditions in Illinois.

Website: http://www.buckyhalker.com

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, our partnering organizations, or our funders.

 

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Jul
19
Sun
Amazing Raptors with Hoo Haven | Woods of Wonder Family Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Sorry! This program is filled and registration is closed.

Amazing Raptors with Hoo Haven

Raptors are birds characterized by powerful talons and beaks, and keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight. Come find out about these amazing birds when you meet Hoo Haven’s raptor 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

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. 

 

Jul
21
Tue
Wonder As You Wander : Wildcrafting @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wonder As Your Wander

Our small group will explore Wildcrafting, the practice of foraging for useful plants in their natural, wild habitat for edible or medicinal purposes. Director Therese Oldenburg has been spending time during the lockdown to learn more about wildcrafting in regards to the plants and trees growing at the Confluence Campus. She’ll share what she has learned; we’ll discuss a variety of these plants, learn together and have some group knowledge sharing time. We’ll also discuss the art of Slow Walking. Therese will be using the PlantNet app for help in identifying plants and you can choose to install it on your phone to bring along on our wander.

This introductory program is a small group learning experience, limited to 6 participants to allow for physical distancing. We will supply a magnifying glass that you can take home. After our walk you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Violet Lemonade made from violet syrup Therese made this spring.

Please bring: Your own mask, sunscreen, bug spray, notebook, pen or pencil, your smartphone or camera to take photos, baggies for samples, a backpack to carry your items. Closed toe shoes are recommended.  We will be staying on the trails and will not be in tall grasses.  

Program Fee: $10 includes take home magnifying glass, violet lemonade refreshment

Woods Of Wonder Programming: We believe that nature is magical and amazing, and the more time and opportunity people have to spend time in it, the better.  Nature At The Confluence’s goal for 2020 is to fine tune your visual strength beyond the typical 20/20 and help develop all of your senses. Our programs will focus on the value of imagination and appreciation of nature’s smallest details. The programs will celebrate the beauty and wonders that can be discovered as you step outside our doors and into nature!

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  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $10 Registration per person.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 6.
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Jul
26
Sun
Rocks Rock! with Welty Environmental Center | Woods of Wonder Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program at Nature at the Confluence to learn more about the wonderful lives of rocks. As part of Woods of Wonder, we will explore the nature of rocks. We will touch and feel many types of rocks as we journey through the rock cycle. And for an additional $2.00, your explorer will enjoy cracking their own geode.  

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

 

 

Jul
30
Thu
Fire Masters | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 30 @ 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 Thu July 30, 6pm AND Wed, Aug 5, 6pm Only register for one day!
  • 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.

Register Below







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  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $5 Registration per Family
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  • $0.00

    You can pay using credit card via PayPal.

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Jul
31
Fri
Fireflies At Dusk with Welty Environmental Center | Woods of Wonder Program @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Welty Environmental Center staff will lead this program at Nature at the Confluence to learn more about these amazing insects. We will read a story, learning about behavior, life cycle, and why they glow. As part of Woods of Wonder, we will use our sense to explore the area at dusk, testing our sight.

These luminescent beetles are members of the family Lampyridae. They are reported to be most active in the Wisconsin between July 1 and August 26th and Illinois between May 8th and October 5th, so we are sure to see a few.

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

 

 

Aug
2
Sun
CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR – Map Making and Trail Blazing | Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 2 @ 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!

  • 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 and “Time Traveler” Series

Register Below

 

Aug
5
Wed
Fire Masters | Woods of Wonder for Ages 7-11 @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 5 @ 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 Thu July 30, 6pm AND Wed, Aug 5, 6pm Only register for one day!
  • 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.

Register Below







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  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $5 Registration per Family
  • Offered on two dates, choose only one date. $5 Registration per Family
  • $0.00

    You can pay using credit card via PayPal.

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Aug
9
Sun
Adventures With Audubon | Time Traveler Series Program featuring Brian “Fox” Ellis @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Portraying Audubon the artist, Brian “Fox” Ellis will enchant children and families with stories of his travels in the wildest places on the planet. Listen to tales of his adventures as he accomplishes something no one had ever done before: drawing every bird in North America. Fox is a storyteller and educator who brings the personality and artwork of Audubon to life. This is a program Of Our “Time Traveler Series” which is supported by a grant from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

  • This is a free program for all ages.
  • This program will be held outdoors if weather permits. Please bring lawn chairs.
  • Families are invited to stay after the program for activities
  • A guided tour of our new Rock River Birding Trail will be offered after the program.
  • Presented in partnership with Nature At The ConfluenceSinnissippi Audubon and Green-Rock Audubon Society

Audubon settled on an ambitious plan to chronicle all 435 bird species in America. According to the National Audubon Society, which bears his name, Audubon ventured mostly on foot into the wilderness to document his subjects’ feeding preferences, calls and songs, courtship rituals, and other unique characteristics. His paintings showed the birds’ typical behavior in their natural habitats. Several of the species that he painted — including the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet and the ivory-billed woodpecker — now are extinct.

Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al. Fox is also the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He is the author of 16 books including the critically acclaimed Learning from the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), the award-winning children’s picture book The Web at Dragonfly Pond, (DAWN Publications, 2006) and Content Area Reading, Writing and Storytelling (Teacher Ideas Press 2010). Many of his stories are also available on one of 12 CDs. He and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast, The Twinflower Inn, in Bishop Hill, Illinois.

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