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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


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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
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
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
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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