Nature at The Confluence (NATC), will be a destination, nature-based, public open space dedicated to making City Center’s historic confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek a place of gathering, exploration, recreation, learning, and inspiration for people for all ages and abilities.
This project will be completed in phases and ultimately will be one of the largest urban ecology centers in the Midwest. The new Learning Center will be open June 17, 2017 and events will be held for the whole family from 9 am-3 pm!
Located halfway along the newly designated national Rock River Trail, this land has been used and explored by humans for more than 13,000 years. Ancient hunters, native American mound-builders, French fur traders and today’s river explorers have all traversed the waters and lands of this area. This history of the space along the banks of the Turtle Creek and Rock River make the Confluence an appropriate site to tell a very important story about urban ecology. It has the potential to serve as a wonderful outdoor recreation and adventures for area families and students.