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Planting seeds of renewal at Nature At The Confluence

NATC Groundbreaking (Custom)

Groundbreaking ceremony for Nature At The Confluence project set for November 3

October 28, 2016 – South Beloit, Illinois – The public is invited to the official groundbreaking ceremony for Nature At The Confluence Environmental Learning Center and Campus on Thursday, November 3, 8:00 a.m., 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL. This ceremony has a theme of “Planting Seeds of Renewal”, and all that attend will have an opportunity to help “plant” the seeds of renewal and restoration at the confluence. Because the land was used as a dumping ground for nearly 100 years, the Confluence Campus will be a model example of urban ecology and restoration. The center is planned to be open for the 2017 summer season.

Nature At The Confluence Learning Center South Beloit Illinois Fireplace (Custom)Representatives from Angus-Young Associates and Ayres Associates will be on hand at the ceremony to talk about the building project. Locally-sourced building products that have been exclusively designed by Mid-States Concrete Industries for this project will be on display.

Nature at The Confluence is an initiative of Beloit 2020 to transform the area of land where Turtle Creek meets the Rock River into a community space that celebrates the natural and historical significance of the land. Over the several months, work on Phase I of the plan will transform the property into an outdoor recreation and education center that will provide nature-based programs for a local and regional audience. Further developments are anticipated in the future.

“Nature At The Confluence’s programming will align with a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests that greening our cities can be one of the most cost-effective ways of improving public health”, says Therese Oldenburg, programming coordinator.  “Connecting people to nature is an opportunity for our community to stand out, and to enhance our region’s quality of life.”

Nature At The Confluence Learning Center South Beloit Illinois (2) (Custom)Beloit 2020 has worked over the last three years to fundraise and acquire the property to develop the Confluence Campus.  All funds for the project have been donated to Beloit 2020 by members of the organization and their families, as well as the Beloit Foundation. The cost to acquire the property for the Confluence Campus was approximately $500,000, and the development of the Environmental Learning Center is $1 million.  Beloit 2020 has also established a $1 million endowment fund to sustain educational programming at the center.  Donors will be recognized for their generous contributions at the grand opening of Nature at the Confluence in 2017.

Learn more about Nature At The Confluence at www.natureattheconfluence.com. Email info@naturettheconfluence.com or call (815) 200-6910.

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