Nature Centers

Relax among stretches of serene greenery and woodlands surrounded by creeks at Beloit’s many reserves and nature centers.

Walk through 1.5 miles of trail in the oak woodlands of the Androne Woods and be on the lookout for woodland birds. The native prairie restoration at the Cleophas Reserve is also home to 2 miles of trails and the Gabower-Reilly Reserve includes a 4-acre oak Savannah and a trout stream – East Branch Raccoon Creek.

Nature at the Confluence is a learning center and nature retreat with nature-themed fun activities for all ages! Walk through the Pollinator Garden, Sensory Garden, and Tasting Garden. You get to take in the beauty but also learn about the plants and touch, smell and taste the herbs! A learning center stands among 10-acres of restored prairie. Enjoy Scavenger Hunts, themed programs (raise monarch butterflies), and lots of community events. Roast s’mores and play a percussion instrument at the Community Fire Gathering, or hit the gravel-packed trails at the Wednesday Walkabout. Take a video tour here!

 

Androne Woods

7355 Cleophas Rd.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 752-8342
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16 acres of partially restored oak woodland with 1.5 miles of trails. The woods are home to native birds and various plants. There is a small parking area and no restroom facilities. It is located south of Cleophas Road, just east of Smythe School Road.

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Cleophas Reserve

6690 W. Cleophas Rd.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 752-8342
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A 36 acre wetland along the East Branch Raccoon Creek, north of Cleophas road and east of Barnam Road. The area is being restored to native habitat. There are 3 miles of trails. Parking is across Cleophas Road at the Gabower Reilly Wetland. There are no restroom facilities.

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Gabower-Reilly Reserve

6690 W. Cleophas Rd.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 752-8342
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28 acres of wetland, prairie and oak savanna. Raccoon Creek flows through the area - a naturally reproducing trout stream. There are 2 miles of trails, native plants, limited parking and no restroom facilities. Located south of Cleophas Road, at the Barnam Road intersection.

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Harper’s Prairie

2201 Whipple St.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 364-2890
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This small park offers a mowed walking trail around a pond. Prairie plants and water plants are abundant. No restrooms.

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Nature at the Confluence Learning Center

306 Dickop St.
South Beloit, IL 61080
P: (815) 200-6910
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They invite you to stop in for a visit to discover nature right in the middle of an urban area. They're located on property surrounded by the Rock River, Turtle Creek and Kelly Creek. Campus offers a 5-acre prairie restoration, learning gardens, pollinator gardens and more!

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Nygren Wetland Preserve

3109 W Rockton Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072
P: (815) 964-6666

Nygren Wetland Preserve is a natural area owned and managed by Natural Land Institute with over 721 acres of prairies, wetlands, bottomland forest and Raccoon Creek that runs through it. The 2.5 mile Dianne Nora Nature Trail circles the large wetland.

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Rhodes Arboretum

1012 E. Grand Ave.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 364-2890
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Rhodes has one trail/walkway.

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Spring Creek Reserve

3488 W. Spring Creek Rd.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 752-8342
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Spring Creek reserve is a 33 acre prairie along Spring Creek just west of Beloit. There are 2.5 miles of trails. It is home to many native plants, including cup plants and coneflowers and much big bluestem. There is a small parking area and no restroom facilities.

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Stateline Restoration Prairie

540 Colby St.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 364-2890
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Offers 10 acres of tall grass, wild flowers and short trees. Site has an abundant collection of plants and animals and a plant species not easily found around the Stateline Area. The park offers a parking lot for vehicles and a bike rack.

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Welty Environmental Center

1201 Big Hill Ct.
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 361-1377
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Welty offers year round environmental education for all ages. It is a place where both children and adults have hands-on encounters with nature.

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