Welcome to Quarry Hill
Quarry Hill Nature Center is located in 320-acre Quarry Hill Park, often referred to as the "Jewel" of the Rochester Park system. Year round free admission, learn more about the Nature Center features here.
Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)read more
Free for members
Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.read more
Head outside with Quarry Hill staff to explore the park's pond, meadow and woods. Each program focuses on a different nature topic and includes a hike or activity. Take a peek at 'life under a log', practice your animal instincts on our Survival Trail, or 'rock on' during a trip to the fossil bed in our limestone quarry.read more
Did you know flying dragons exist? They do! We call them dragonflies and they hatch right out of the water! Join us around the pond as we learn all about the lifecycle of a dragonfly. We'll do a fun dragonfly craft and then we will grab nets to go search for baby dragonflies living in the shallows of the pond!read more