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1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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October 2017

Ookie Spookie Uke Circle

October 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
Free

Join us for some Halloween fun as Welty welcomes Knapton Musik Knotes to lead an Ookie Spookie Uke Circle! We will learn some classic songs with simple chords and maybe even some favorite Halloween tunes. Knapton Musik Knotes will provide ukuleles for those that don’t have their own. All ages welcome. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume! Donations appreciated for the Ukulele program. Please register online or email info@weltycenter.org, so we know how many ukeleles are needed.

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Halloween Family Trail Hike

October 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
$5 – $7

What does Big Hill look like at night…especially a few nights before All Hallow’s Eve? BOOOOO! Come in costume (if you’d like) for a nighttime Halloween hike. Walk the trails by candlelight, listen to some scary tales and enjoy some hot cider and cookies with the night creatures of Big Hill Park. You can even start the evening by learning some Halloween tunes on a ukelele at our Ookie Spookie Uke Circle at 4:30pm. Fee for Halloween Hike: $5 for…

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January 2018

Hoo Haven presents: the PelicanAmbassador Program

January 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Kick off the new year with an evening with Hoo Haven and two of their awesome pelican ambassadors (and a special raptor too)! Thanks to the Ecolab Foundation, Hoo Haven will be bringing Marshmallow and Broccoli, their Pelican Ambassadors, to the Welty Environmental Center. This all-ages program is being offered to the public free of charge, but donations are encouraged. Doors open at 5:30 for registered guests to be seated. Program starts at 6 p.m. sharp. Registration required as seating…

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Candlelight Hike at Big Hill Park

January 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

Candlelight Hike at Big Hill Park Friday, January 26th 6:00pm to 8:00pm Join Welty staff as we explore Big Hill Park by candlelight. Owls and other critters may be stirring on this late January evening. After enjoying a stroll through the park, stick around for a bit and have some hot cider, hot chocolate and some cookies. Listen to some wonderful music as you warm up, as there will be a string quartet from Beloit Memorial playing this evening. If…

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February 2018

Steve Apfelbaum: Nature’s Second Chance (Prairie Lecture #1)

February 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
Free

Join us for the first talk of our Big Hill Lecture series to learn more about the ecosystems that are supported by the City of Beloit’s largest city park. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation, we are able to offer these talks to the public free of charge. Steven Apfelbaum is one of the leading ecological consultants in the U.S., providing insight and design solutions at the intersection of ecological systems and developed land uses. This…

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Owl Prowl, Evening Hike at Big Hill Park

February 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
$5 – $7

While other birds have flown south seeking warmer temperatures, the Great Horned Owl is raising the next generation of night time hunters. Breeding season starts int he winter for these great birds so we may hear their calls (or other owls) as we hike the trails at Big Hill Park. All ages welcome!

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12th Annual Maple Sugar Fest and Pancake Feed!

February 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
$2 – $12

It’s almost time for Maple Sugar Fest, and this year we’re moving the date up to Saturday, February 24, to try and catch the sap while it’s flowing. Come out to Big Hill Center for a morning full of maple sugar fun, including: tree tapping and sap boiling demos, a Native American drum circle celebration, guided hikes, Laura Ingalls Wilder story time (make your own maple sugar candy), and--of course-- a pancake breakfast served with real maple syrup, sausage, fruit,…

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April 2018

Patrick Ready: How to Attract Eastern Bluebirds (Prairie Lecture #3)

April 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
Free

Join us for the third talk of our Big Hill Prairie Lecture series to learn more about the ecosystems that are supported by the City of Beloit’s largest city park. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation, we are able to offer these talks to the public free of charge. This presentation will cover what you need to know to attract bluebirds to your yard/area. Bluebirds typically prefer rural settings, county or state parks, golf courses, etc.…

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Full Moon Hike at Big Hill Park

April 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
$5 – $7

Walk in a moon-lit forest and test your senses like animals do. Experience how their senses of hearing, smell, touch, and feel become heightened as their sense of sight is limited. We will mostly be on paved trails, but the hill is in the park is rather steep, so it's a moderately strenuous hike. $5 members/$7 non-members Please call 608-362-6212 or email info@weltycenter.org to register.

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May 2018

Super Seeds

May 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

Learn what's hiding inside a seed and why they are so important to plants, animals, and humans. Dissect a seed, plant a miniature garden, enjoy a seed snack, and bring home a living seed necklace. All ages welcome. Please dress to be outside.

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July 2018

Locate and Inspect Insects

July 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Insects hide in all sorts of places like grass, dirt, under logs, and even in homes. Come help us find some. We will use nets, cloths, shoves, and trowels to search the area around the Welty Environmental Center for insects. We will use guides to identify what we have found and inspect them under magnifying glasses. $5/kid suggested donation

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July Full Moon Hike

July 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

Walk in a moon-lit forest and test your senses like animals do. Experience how their senses of hearing, smell, touch, and feel become heightened as their sense of sight is limited. We will mostly be on paved trails, but the hill is in the park is rather steep, so it’s a moderately strenuous hike.

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August 2018

Bumble Bees

August 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Examine the life of a bumble bee and learn why they are important to the environment. Sample honey, make a bumble bee craft and hike as we search for bumble bees. Make sure to register by clicking "tickets" or using the form at or calling 608-362-6212. For more information call or email info@weltycenter.org.

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December 2018

Welty Full Moon Hike

December 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
$5 – $7

Walk in a winter moon-lit forest and test your senses like animals do. Experience how their senses of hearing, smell, touch, and feel become heightened as their sense of sight is limited. We also discuss how full moons occur and their impact on nocturnal and non-nocturnal creatures. We will see for ourselves what is happening in the forest under a full moon. It is winter, so please dress warmly. The program and hike is two hours, but the hike time…

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February 2019

WELTY NO SCHOOL FRIDAY 2.8.19

February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$30 – $35

No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch. $30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

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FEBRUARY 2019 VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Join Welty and our prairie partners, Rock County Conservationists and Green-Rock Audubon, for a morning or afternoon of mid-winter clearing. All this white stuff is going to start melting and reveal what is leftover from the fall. There is plenty of chopping and clearing to do in the Big Hill prairie, in preparation for spring. Bring your own hand tools, gloves, safety glasses and hard-toed shoes. All new participants required to fill out a City of Beloit waiver (available onsite…

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WADDLE INTO WINTER

February 12, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Examine the icy world of the emperor penguin. We will discover how these amazingly well-dressed creatures are able to survive temperatures 70 degrees below zero and wind speeds of 124 miles per hour. We will play penguin games and do a craft. Join us for a bit of winter fun! All ages welcome.

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FEBRUARY 2019 VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS

February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Join Welty and our prairie partners, Rock County Conservationists and Green-Rock Audubon, for a morning or afternoon of mid-winter clearing. All this white stuff is going to start melting and reveal what is leftover from the fall. There is plenty of chopping and clearing to do in the Big Hill prairie, in preparation for spring. Bring your own hand tools, gloves, safety glasses and hard-toed shoes. All new participants required to fill out a City of Beloit waiver (available onsite…

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FEBRUARY 2019 VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS

February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Join Welty and our prairie partners, Rock County Conservationists and Green-Rock Audubon, for a morning or afternoon of mid-winter clearing. All this white stuff is going to start melting and reveal what is leftover from the fall. There is plenty of chopping and clearing to do in the Big Hill prairie, in preparation for spring. Bring your own hand tools, gloves, safety glasses and hard-toed shoes. All new participants required to fill out a City of Beloit waiver (available onsite…

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March 2019

BACKYARD WILDLIFE HABITAT PROGRAM

March 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Rock County Conservationists will host a representative of the Natural Land Institute (NLI) sharing information about how this land conservation organization has been preserving and protecting natural land in the Stateline area for more than 60 years. Their presentation describes what threatens environmental sustainability now and in the future and how the NLI’s Conservation@Home program is recognizing homeowners for their efforts in creating native habitat which adds to the larger complex of natural spaces throughout urban and rural areas. This…

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WELTY NO SCHOOL FRIDAY 3.8.19

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$16 – $35

No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch. $30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

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April 2019

WELTY NO SCHOOL MONDAY 4.8.19

April 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$30 – $35

No School Monday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch. $30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

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INTO THE WOODS 4.13.2019

April 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Learn how to identify trees. Discover why trees are important for human health and important for ecological health. We will also make tree art and play an interactive tree game. All ages welcome.

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WELTY NO SCHOOL FRIDAY 4.19.19

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$16 – $35

No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch. $30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

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Earth Day Work Day at Welty

April 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Join us for our second-to-last work day this spring...just ahead of Earth Day (April 22). We are clearing invasives and spreading seed to prepare for a summer full of native species taking root and filling the Big Hill prairie with grasses and flowers. We'll have prairie specialists from Rock County Conservationists and Green-Rock Audubon here to supervise the work and tell you more about our efforts to re-create the Oak Savanna ecosystem that was here before the land was farmed.…

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ORIENTEERING BASICS 4.20.2019

April 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Learn the basics of how to use a compass and then practice your navigation skills with interactive games. Ages 8 to Adult

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The Rock River Rediscovered; A Positive Environmental Story

April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Local environmentalist Dave Bendlin will begin this talk with a prehistory of the river, then describe the settlement of the region by indigenous Native Americans, culminating with the arrival of European settlers. The talk will track the industrialization of the river front, including the increase of environment challenges as the river was being used to dispose of waste. Growing awareness of the waterway as a community asset in the late 20th century led to cleanup and restoration efforts, which continue…

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May 2019

WELTY NO SCHOOL FRIDAY 5.10.19

May 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$16 – $35

No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch. $30/FWEC members, $35/non-members

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Wild Flower Walk

May 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

For nature-lovers, there is no better way to celebrate the final arrival of spring than a hike in the forest to observe the blooms of spring wildflowers. On this walk, we’ll look for the blooms of Dutchman’s breeches, hepaticas, violets, spring beauty, wild ginger, and anemones. Dependent on the yearly variation in bloom time, there may also be columbine, blue wood phlox, trilliums, and Jack in the Pulpit. Big Hill Park is the perfect place for this type of hike…

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June 2019

Rx Welty Nature Break 2019

June 5, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 14, 2019

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5.00 – $6.00

The impact of nature on stress is clear. When you engage with nature your nerves rest, you are calmer, and you are able to increase your focus. Combine nature with mindful meditation and a dash of yoga (non-sweat and business clothes appropriate), and you are sure to feel refreshed and ready to get back to your day. Wednesdays, June 5th – August 14th, 12:15pm to 12:45pm Ages: Adults 16 and up $5.00 Members /$6.00 non-Member donation per date In partnership…

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Nature’s Rock Star

June 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Journey into the rock cycle, play games, and listen to stories to learn about rocks and minerals, break open geodes, paint rocks, and enjoy a guided hike as we examine geological features throughout Big Hill Park. Make sure to register using the form on the site or call 608-362-6212. For more information call or email info@weltycetner.org.

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NATC Pressed Plant Journals

June 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Help your budding naturalist expand their plant identification skills with a pressed plant journal. We will go on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them. Supplies to bring: Specimen bag or basket Several sheets of unlined acid free paper - If you are not concerned about LONG TERM preservation, unlined copy/printer paper will work just fine.) 2 pieces of cardboard cut to size of paper Small notebook for taking notes Pencil Pre-register on site.

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Speak Bird

June 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

June is a great time for bird watching and listening out at Bill Hill Park. At the start of summer, we are sure to see and hear many song birds that nest in the Stateline Area. During our time together: We will use our ears to listen and identify several types of birds. Learn how to use and adjust binoculars. Hike and utilize a unique bird call device to attract bird call responses. Observe effectiveness Discuss results Make sure to…

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Pressed Plant Journals

June 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5

Help your budding naturalist expand their plant identification skills with a pressed plant journal. We will go on a short hike to gather specimens and then learn how to press them. Supplies to bring: Specimen bag or basket Several sheets of unlined acid free paper - (If you are not concerned about LONG TERM preservation, unlined copy/printer paper will work just fine.) 2 pieces of cardboard cut to size of paper Small notebook for taking notes Pencil Make sure to…

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NATC 100 Acre Woods Day Camp – Fishing Fun

June 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$30 – $35

Campers will learn basic fishing skills and catch and release etiquette. The day will be spent learning about fish, aquatic habitats and ecosystems, and tools used for fishing. They will make crafts that include the creation of a unique lure. we will also play themed team building games and end camp with gooey campfire treat. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, bug repentant, and a full change of…

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October 2019

20th Anniversary Dinner

October 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Dinner will feature a localvore menu provided by Bushel and Peck's and area farmers.

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February 2020

Candle Dipping

February 2, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and make your own candle. Choose from a traditional wick or a pine cone!

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CLIMATE AND COFFEE #50EARTHDAY

February 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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2020 is the 50 anniversary of Earth Day. Let’s come together, drink a little coffee, tea, or coco and discuss Climate Change. We will take a look at the most current climate data, discuss the science, and perhaps take steps toward actions we can do right at home. All ages are welcome.

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WELTY NO SCHOOL DAY CAMP

February 7, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch.

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WATCH YOUR STEP

February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Where do they come from? Where do they go? Ever wonder what critters have crossed your path and left behind clues? Tracks and other signs tell the story of an animal’s day. Join us as we identify animal signs and become wildlife detectives! Dress for the weather.

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WELTY’S 14TH ANNUAL MAPLE SUGAR FEST

February 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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It’s almost time for Maple Sugar Fest, and we’re starting early to try and catch the sap while it’s flowing. Come out to Big Hill Center for a morning full of maple sugar fun, including: tree tapping and sap boiling demos, Native American drum circle, crafts, guided hikes, make your own maple sugar candy, and–of course– a pancake breakfast served with real maple syrup, sausage, fruit, and hot drinks!

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CLIMATE AND COFFEE #50EARTHDAY

February 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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2020 is the 50 anniversary of Earth Day. Let’s come together, drink a little coffee, tea, or coco and discuss Climate Change. We will take a look at the most current climate data, discuss the science, and perhaps take steps toward actions we can do right at home. All ages are welcome.

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March 2020

HOME SWEET HOME: GOURD BIRDHOUSE WORKSHOP

March 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Spring is the time for many of our birds to return back to Wisconsin from their southern winter homes. What better way of welcoming them back than with a new birdhouse! Come to the Welty Environmental Center to make a gourd birdhouse that you can design, decorate, and then hang in your backyard! All ages are welcome. Space is limited to 10.

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LEPRECHAUNS, RAINBOWS, & GOLD, OH MY!

March 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Welty Environmental Center! Learn about how rainbows are formed, create rainbows of your own, and search for leprechauns and gold. All ages are welcome.

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TOBACCO BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP

March 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Come to a community Basket Weaving Workshop offered by the Wisconsin Weave Basket Guild! Tobacco baskets, once a common utilitarian product in the tobacco markets, have become a hot commodity as wall art in homes across the country. Make your own Tobacco Basket…12” X 12” square. This class is appropriate for all level weavers. Class fee includes instruction, pattern and all basket materials.

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April 2020

RAIN GARDENS AND RAIN BARRELS

April 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Part I: Rain Gardens (from 1-2 pm) presented by Michelle Stowers from Tallgrass Restoration Rain gardens are designed landscape sites that reduce the flow rate, total quantity, and pollutant load of runoff from impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas. Rain gardens rely on plants growing in a shallow basin of soil to slow down stormwater runoff, allowing more time for the water to soak into the soil. In doing this, rain gardens can help…

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WELTY NO SCHOOL DAY CAMP

April 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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No School Friday for the Beloit school district Treat your kids to a day of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch.

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May 2020

MEET AN EURASIAN EAGLE OWL NAMED “DENVER” & FULL MOON HIKE

May 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Welty is pleased to host Hoo Haven as part of an grant funded by EcoLab. Come take part in Hoo Haven’s Ambassador program featuring Denver, an a five month old Eurasian Eagle Owl. These owls are not native to the United States, but you might recognize them as an owl like Draco Malfoy’s in the Harry Potter series! Hoo Haven Ambassador Program 6 to 7pm Welty Full Moon Hike 7 to 8pm

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MOTHER’S DAY WILD FLOWER WALK

May 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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For nature-lovers, there is no better way to celebrate the final arrival of spring than a hike in the forest to observe the blooms of spring wildflowers. On this walk, we’ll look for the blooms of Dutchman’s breeches, hepaticas, violets, spring beauty, wild ginger, and anemones. Dependent on the yearly variation in bloom time, there may also be columbine, blue wood phlox, trilliums, and Jack in the Pulpit. Big Hill Park is the perfect place for this type of hike…

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JUMPING WORMS CITIZEN SCIENCE

May 31, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Come out to the Welty Environmental Center to learn more about the invasive jumping worm. We will explore the wonders of worm. Worms are great! They eat our garbage. However, some worms like the jumping worm are invasive and damage forests. We will conduct citizen science to uncover if jumping worms are in the area and then learn how to report our findings.

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June 2020

CHRIS NELSON LECTURE: THE QUIET DISAPPEARANCE OF THE LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD

June 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Welty is proud to present Chris Nelson. Chris retired last year from Beloit College where she was Public Services Librarian for 34 years. She is an ever-curious researcher and native plant gardener. We are excited to have Chris at Welty in early June to help kick off what is going to be a great summer. Come learn about the plight of the hard working insects then stay for an optional insect hike lead by Welty educators. Lecture Abstract: From 1987,…

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WISCONSIN MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING SUMMER OPTION

June 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - June 19, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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The Welty Environmental Center is pleased to host the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program in the 190 acres of Big Hill Park. There will be some inside coursework; however, we will spend much of our time exploring the 3 main ecosystems in Big Hill Park: oak savanna, deciduous forest, and freshwater river. We will study each of these three biomes, how they interact, the geology that informs them, and the rich history of the park that includes Native American meeting grounds,…

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August 2020

END OF SUMMER WELTY CAMP

August 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am - August 21, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Treat your kids to another week of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch, sun screen, swimming suit, insect replant, and a full change of clothes.

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END OF SUMMER WELTY CAMP

August 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am - August 28, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Treat your kids to another week of educational fun. We will explore, discover, and engage with the outdoors. Activities will include hiking, time at the play ground, and exploration into the importance of ecosystems. Youth program, ages 6 to 12 years. Please dress to be outside and bring a sack lunch, sun screen, swimming suit, insect replant, and a full change of clothes.

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October 2020

FALL FULL MOON HIKES 2020

October 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

Walk in a moon-lit forest. Many of the creatures at Big Hill Park are nocturnal. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story to set the mood. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one,…

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FALL FULL MOON HIKES 2020

October 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm

One event on November 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

Walk in a moon-lit forest. Many of the creatures at Big Hill Park are nocturnal. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story to set the mood. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one,…

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November 2020

FALL FULL MOON HIKES 2020

November 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

Walk in a moon-lit forest. Many of the creatures at Big Hill Park are nocturnal. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story to set the mood. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one,…

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March 2021

Rainbows and Pots of Gold

March 17, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

Welcome Young Leprechauns! Let's experiment and make a few rainbows. Perhaps we'll even discover a shiny pot of gold waiting for us at the end of one. Come ready to dance a jig, learn a bit about the Irish that settled in the Stateline Area in 1854, do a couple crafty science experiments, and hike around Big Hill Prairie. All ages are welcome, but activates are for 3 to 12 years old. Make Sure to register: https://weltycenter.org/.../rainbows-and-pots-of-gold-3.../ $5 members/$7 non-members

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Guided 3K Big Hill Wander (Afternoon)

March 20, 2021 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

It's the first day of Spring! This the page for the Afternoon Hike, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Let's celebrate by wandering around Big Hill Park and looking for signs that Winter is on its way out. We will walk most of the trails looping around the prairie to head down the Big Hill Forest trail then up the Model-T trail to the cabin. We'll stop by the Rock River lookout and Historic Ski Jump on our way bask to…

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Guided 3K Big Hill Wander (Morning)

March 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5 – $7

It's the first day of Spring! This the page for the Morning Hike, 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Let's celebrate by wandering around Big Hill Park and looking for signs that Winter is on its way out. We will walk most of the trails looping around the prairie to head down the Big Hill Forest trail then up the Model-T trail to the cabin. We'll stop by the Rock River lookout and Historic Ski Jump on our way bask to…

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September 2021

Beloit Heritage Days: Big Hill Rocks and Walls

September 11, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join the Welty Environmental Center at Big Hill Park to learn more about the lives of rocks, including the glacial outwash that created Big Hill. We will hike down to the old quarry and explore the sediment layers. We will also learn about the people who lived in Big Hill Park and built the Model-T retaining wall of one of Big Hill’s more traveled paths. As part of Beloit Heritage Days, September 10-12, 2021, this event is free and open…

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2021 Prairie to Tributary Guided Hike

September 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $35

Welty Environmental Center is located in Big Hill Park, a unique area filled with various habitat types: prairie, mixed-hardwood forest, and riparian wetland habitats. We can’t forget Goose Creek, a tributary of the Rock River at the base of the hill. Join Educator Darien Becker on Sunday, September 19, at 1pm to explore Big Hill during our Prairie to Tributary 5K hike! The hike will be broken down into three loops, where each loop spotlights a different habitat type, and…

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Full Moon Hikes at Welty

September 21, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Winter months will be cold. Please…

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October 2021

Full Moon Hikes at Welty

October 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Winter months will be cold. Please…

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Owl Pellet Dissection and Hike

October 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$10 – $12

This event is part of the Wisconsin Science Festival (October 21-24, 2021).#WiSciFest Join the Welty Environmental Center at Big Hill Park to learn more about the lives of owls. We will explore owl’s diet by dissecting owl pellets, play games to learn how owls hunt, and take a night hike to listen for them in the Big Hill Forest. This program is designed for ages 6 to 12, but all ages will find something interesting in this program. Please register…

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November 2021

Gobblers on the Go at Welty!

November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join us for a birding hike on November 13th to explore how lively Big Hill Park can be during the winter! A lot of animals either hibernate, undergo torpor (short-term hibernation), or want nothing to do with the cold and, therefore, migrate. Some birds in Canada migrate south for the winter and land in Beloit! Other animals, however, do not migrate and stay active during the winter. Participants will learn the basics of migration and observe real-time migration patterns of…

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Full Moon Hike

November 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on January 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on March 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$12

FULL MOON Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Make sure to register:…

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December 2021

Full Moon Hike

December 19, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on January 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on March 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$12

FULL MOON Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Make sure to register:…

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January 2022

Arctic Owls with Hoo’s Woods-SOLD OUT

January 15 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$5.00

Arctic Owls with Hoo’s Woods THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Arctic owls are some of the most beautiful, fascinating and elusive birds in the world. Snowy owls are the largest owl in North American and breed in the arctic. Great Gray Owls are rare and the tallest owl in the world nesting in the dense boreal forests across Alaska and Canada in North America. On occasion, these two arctic species can be sighted during the winter months in Wisconsin. This…

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Full Moon Hike

January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on January 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on March 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$12

FULL MOON Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Make sure to register:…

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Animal Tracking

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

As part of Beloit Winterfest 2022, Welty would like to invite you to discover the wonder of animal tracking. We will begin in the center with a lesson on how to identify different animal tracks. Then head out into the prairie and the forest to follow footprints and deer trails. We might get lucky and see some prints being made before our eyes. This event is free to the public for all ages. Donations are accepted and appreciated. Registration is…

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February 2022

Welty Weekend: Relationships in Nature Hike 2.12.22

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join us at the Welty Environmental Center, where we will be opening our doors to the public on February 12, 2022, from 10AM-3PM. Crafts will begin at 12:30PM, and the guided hike will be from 1:30-2:15PM. During this Welty Weekend, we will start with painting heart rocks that will be distributed on trails during our hike around the ecosystems of Big Hill Park. Led by our environmental educator Darien Becker, we will see different relationships in nature: some are beneficial,…

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CANCELLED-Full Moon Hike

February 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$12

FULL MOON Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Make sure to register:…

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Sarah’s Saturdays at Welty! (Winter & Spring 2022)

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 30, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Curious about the natural world? Looking for something to do today? Come on over to the Welty Environmental Center. Ms. Sarah will have short themed activities and other hands-on activities for you to explore. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Ms. Sarah is currently a junior at Beloit College, where she is majoring in Environmental Biology and minoring in French. She is looking forward to spending time outdoors and learning more about the turtles at the…

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March 2022

Big Hill Sugar Bush Self-Guided Hike 2022

March 1 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until March 31, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

March 1st – 31st Every mid-February through roughly the end of March (depending on the weather), maple sap runs rich with sugar that, when evaporated and condensed, becomes maple syrup or crystallized maple sugar. Historically, Native Americans and then European settlers tapped maple trees to create both sugar and syrup. Similar methods are still used today. Join the Welty Environmental Center in celebrating maple sap season. Take a self-guided hike through Big Hill Park’s sugar bush to learn more about…

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Rainbows and Pots of Gold

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Welcome Young Leprechauns! Let’s experiment and make a few rainbows. Perhaps we’ll even discover a shiny pot of gold waiting for us at the end of one. Come ready to learn a bit about the Irish that settled in the Stateline Area in 1854, do a couple crafty science experiments, and hike around Big Hill Prairie. All ages are welcome, but activates are for 3 to 12 years old. Make sure to register, as space is limited.

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Full Moon Hike

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on December 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on January 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on February 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm

One event on March 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$12

FULL MOON Walk in a moon-lit forest. We will practice walking silently, slowly, and observing the wonders of the park under a full moon. This is a guided hike. We will meet at the center briefly. We will start with a short Native American story. Then we will hike in the forest. We will cover 1 to 2 miles. Flashlights will not be needed. If you bring one, you will be asked not to use it. Make sure to register:…

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Sugar Maple Tree to Table Community Days

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 9:30 am, repeating until March 30, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

March 28-30, 2022 Need family-friendly outdoor activities to do during spring break? Join us at the Welty Environmental Center as we explore the process of making maple syrup. People of all ages and their families are welcome to join in the festivities. Events will be an hour and a half each day, where children, parents/guardians, and adults will hike Big Hill Park and join in interactive activities to learn more about the ecology and Native American history of maple trees…

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April 2022

Big Hill Bonk – Wisconsin Backyard Ultra

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Wisconsin’s Backyard Ultra Date: Friday, April 1, 2022Time: 10:00 AM and every hour thereafterLocation: Big Hill Community Park, Beloit, WI (1201 W Big Hill Rd, Beloit, WI 53511)The cap is 100 runners - Registration is closed but spectators are welcome to cheer on runners and witness this “Last Person Standing Race”. Just one runner will finish this race and it could go into Saturday night or longer! Description The 2nd annual Big Hill Bonk - Wisconsin’s Backyard Ultra is going…

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Sarah’s Saturdays at Welty

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Curious about the natural world? Looking for something to do today? Come on over to the Welty Environmental Center. Ms. Sarah will have short themed activities and other hands-on activities for you to explore. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Ms. Sarah is currently a junior at Beloit College, where she is majoring in Environmental Biology and minoring in French. She is looking forward to spending time outdoors and learning more about the turtles at the…

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Vermiculture 101: The Science of Composting Using Worms

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Join us at the Welty Environmental Center as we explore the anatomy and ecological importance of worms and the three basic ingredients of a successful compost pile. We will investigate the day in the life of a worm by reading a story, and with the information we learn, we will be constructing small-scale compost bins that will house our very own earthworm that will promote decomposition of plant material. This nutrient-rich soil can then be used in our gardens! This…

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Sarah’s Saturdays at Welty

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Curious about the natural world? Looking for something to do today? Come on over to the Welty Environmental Center. Ms. Sarah will have short themed activities and other hands-on activities for you to explore. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Ms. Sarah is currently a junior at Beloit College, where she is majoring in Environmental Biology and minoring in French. She is looking forward to spending time outdoors and learning more about the turtles at the…

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Vermiculture 101: The Science of Composting Using Worms

April 23 @ 9:00 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join us at the Welty Environmental Center as we explore the anatomy and ecological importance of worms and the three basic ingredients of a successful compost pile. We will investigate the day in the life of a worm by reading a story, and with the information we learn, we will be constructing small-scale compost bins that will house our very own earthworm that will promote the decomposition of plant material. This nutrient-rich soil can then be used in our gardens!…

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Compost Bin Pick-up and Workshop

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$55

The City of Beloit and Welty are having a Compost Bin Sale this spring. These 128-gallon bins, made in North America of 100% recycled materials, allow you to conveniently process raw food waste (fruit and vegetable scraps) and keep it out of your trash can and the landfill. We will host two pick-up events (April 23 and May 14), for you to get your pre-paid bin. April 23 will be from 9am-noon at Big Hill Center lower parking lot in…

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Rain Barrel Installation Demonstration at Welty Environmental Center

April 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join Welty and the Rock County Conservationists to learn how to install a rain barrel to an existing gutter and downspout system. Dave Bendlin, local naturalist and retired Milton biology and environmental studies teacher, will install a rain barrel behind Big Hill Center to support the rain garden and lead a discussion of their benefits. This event is free to the public for all ages. Donations are accepted and appreciated. Registration is not required.

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Migrating Bird and Wildflower Hike

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Let’s get outside to celebrate Earth Day and hike to see earliest spring wildflowers of the woods and look for migrating birds. Meet in the parking lot next to the Welty Environmental Center at Big Hill Park (1201 Big Hill Court, Beloit, WI 53511). We’ll start from the Welty Environmental Center. Trails in this park are wide, but some are steep, so the hiking difficulty is moderate. From the parking lot, we’ll walk all the way downhill to the river…

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Sarah’s Saturdays at Welty

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Curious about the natural world? Looking for something to do today? Come on over to the Welty Environmental Center. Ms. Sarah will have short themed activities and other hands-on activities for you to explore. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Ms. Sarah is currently a junior at Beloit College, where she is majoring in Environmental Biology and minoring in French. She is looking forward to spending time outdoors and learning more about the turtles at the…

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May 2022

Mother’s Day Wild Flower Walk

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

For nature-lovers, there is no better way to celebrate the final arrival of spring than a hike in the forest to observe the blooms of spring wildflowers. On this walk, we’ll look for the blooms of Dutchman’s breeches, hepaticas, violets, spring beauty, wild ginger, and anemones. Dependent on the yearly variation in bloom time, there may also be columbine, blue wood phlox, trilliums, and Jack in the Pulpit. Big Hill Park is the perfect place for this type of hike…

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Compost Bin Pick-up and Workshop

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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$55

The City of Beloit and Welty are having a Compost Bin Sale this spring. These 128-gallon bins, made in North America of 100% recycled materials, allow you to conveniently process raw food waste (fruit and vegetable scraps) and keep it out of your trash can and the landfill. We will host two pick-up events (April 23 and May 14), for you to get your pre-paid bin. April 23 will be from 9am-noon at Big Hill Center lower parking lot in…

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June 2022

Sights, Smells, and Sounds of the Night @ Welty Environmental Center

June 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join Welty and the Rock County Conservationists on a sensory night hike! Dave Bendlin, local naturalist and retired Milton biology and environmental studies teacher, will lead a hike in Big Hill Park to smell night-blooming flowers; look for bats, bioluminescent fungi, glow worms, and fireflies; and listen for crickets, frogs, and owls. The hike will cover roughly 2 miles around the park with frequent stops to use our senses on a warm summer night. Wear light colored clothing and some…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

June 27 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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July 2022

Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

July 4 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

July 11 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

July 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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Fireflies at Dusk

July 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Come out to the Welty Environmental Center to learn more about these amazing insects. We will read a story, learning about firefly behavior, life cycle, and why they glow. 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. This event is free to the public. Please register using…

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Lecture & Hike

July 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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Free

Join Welty as it hosts the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Want to know more about carbon fee and dividend legislation and how you can help advocate to implement them to mitigate climate change? The Citizens’ Climate Lobby will give a presentation on carbon fees and dividends and how you can help. Come expecting to learn how you can get involved and advocate for real and sustainable change, then stay for a climate-related Welty guided hike through the three biomes of Big…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

July 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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August 2022

Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

August 1 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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Welty’s 2022 Summer Camp

August 8 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 2, 2022

Welty Environmental Center, 1201 Big Hill Court
Beloit, 53511
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June 20, 2022 – September 2, 2022 Welty Environmental Center is back for the 2022 summer camp season! We will be investigating, exploring, building, experimenting, and crafting while learning about natural resources around the Stateline area. Bring your bikes, skates, hoverboards, and/or scooters on Wheel Day Fridays to explore trails around Big Hill Park in a new way. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as we will be getting wet and dirty while exploring wetlands and different soils over the…

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