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January 2015

 
$10/person

January 30, 6:00 PM9:00 PM

Celebrate Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape. Enjoy an evening skiing by candlelight and the glow of the moon. After a good ski, warm up in front of the Nature Center’s blazing fireplace or outdoor bonfire while refueling with cocoa and s’mores. Equipment is available on a first come first serve basis. All ages are welcome – equipment is available in youth and adult sizes. Event is dependent on snow and trail conditions.

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February 2015

 
$15/person
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 1, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Snowshoeing can be a great winter blues buster. Come learn a little snowshoe history and then strap on a pair for some guided practice. Equipment is provided. A minimum snow base of 6 inches is required. In the event of an inadequate snow base, class will be re-scheduled for Feb. 22.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Join us monthly for a nature-themed class and some special one on one time with your 2-3 year old. Class includes story, art and outdoor adventures. Register for one class or the whole series. Class is offered for 2-3 year olds and an accompanying grown up.
 

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February 8, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill to spend an afternoon with the birds! Set a bird trap in hopes of catching and holding your very own bird. Then watch, learn, and take part in the bird banding process. Making guest appearances will be Quarry Hill’s very own Eastern Screech Owl and American Kestrel. Finally, make a bird feeder of your own to take home so you can continue bird watching throughout the winter!

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures. 

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$20/person
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 13, 7:00 PM10:00 PM

Enjoy the sparkling winter landscape on a candlelit trail. Bring your sweetheart or come with friends for an enjoyable evening in nature. Champagne and sweets will be served by a crackling fire.  Equipment is provided by Quarry Hill. Alternate activities will be provided in the case of poor snow/trail conditions. Must be 21+ to register.

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
February 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Accompany your little naturalist on a nature adventure, exploring a different topic each month. Classes include story, art and an outdoor adventure. 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
February 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. Rescued and unable to live in the wild, our Eastern Screech Owl will tell you all about herself and why she 'gives a hoot' about living at Quarry Hill. She may even share a bit about other owls in her owl community.

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$30/person
$25/members
pre-registration required
February 28, 1:00 PM5:00 PM

Taught by expert beekeepers, Andrew & JoAnn Pruett, this class is an introduction to bee behavior, beekeeping, equipment, planting for honeybees, pest management and how to produce a honey crop. Participants will be given information on where to buy bees and equipment.

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March 2015

 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
March 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
March 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the Eastern Bluebird. Bluebirds enjoy the open meadow habitats in the park and frequent the ten strategically placed nesting boxes in Quarry Hill Park.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Join us monthly for a nature-themed class and some special one on one time with your 2-3 year old. Class includes story, art and outdoor adventures,

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March 13, 7:00 PM9:30 PM

Bring your friends for an evening featuring samples of eight spring bock beer varieties, snacks, live music and a chance to "poke" your beer at the bonfire.

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$5/person
$4/member
pre-registration required
March 14, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Learn how to produce your own syrup from even a single maple or box elder tree. We’ll cover the basic equipment and techniques required to collect and process sap. Practice tapping a tree and sample box elder syrup. 

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
March 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Accompany your little naturalist on a nature adventure, exploring a different topic each month. Classes include story, art and an outdoor adventure.

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March 21, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Join licensed falconer, Kirk Payne and Horus, an American Kestrel to learn about the ancienct sport of falconry. Minnesota raptors will be discussed as well as the basics of falconry.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
March 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. There are eight varieties of snakes at the nature center. Slither in to hear about what's good about snakes.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
March 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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 the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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$50
$45/members
pre-registration required
March 31, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this three-day mini camp for grades K-6. Spend your days off enjoying some good-natured fun with a Quarry Hill naturalist discovering the many signs of spring emerging in the park. Explorers, birders, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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April 2015

 
$50
$45/members
pre-registration required
April 1, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this three-day mini camp for grades K-6. Spend your days off enjoying some good-natured fun with a Quarry Hill naturalist discovering the many signs of spring emerging in the park. Explorers, birders, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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$50
$45/members
pre-registration required
April 2, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this three-day mini camp for grades K-6. Spend your days off enjoying some good-natured fun with a Quarry Hill naturalist discovering the many signs of spring emerging in the park. Explorers, birders, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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$8.00
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures. 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
April 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the nuthatch, seen year round at Quarry Hill's feeders.

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$8.00
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 8, 12:00 AM1:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
April 12, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Accompany your little naturalist on a nature adventure, exploring a different topic each month. Classes include story, art and an outdoor adventure.

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April 18, 1:30 PM4:30 PM

A few hens make quiet, inexpensive and entertaining environmental backyard pets. Keeping up to three hens as backyard pets in Rochester is legal with a permit. This class will cover the basics of keeping urban chickens. Following a how-to discussion, participants will board the Quarry Hill Critter Coach for a parade of local backyard chicken homes.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
April 19, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. Ribbit, croak, and sing. Our frogs have plenty to say about their lifestyle at Quarry Hill. We might even see some of their friends on a quick trip out to the pond.

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Free
April 22, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Celebrate Earth Day with three great activities to choose from. Participate in one or all three; all ages are welcome.
 
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April 25, 8:00 AM10:00 AM
A great way to bring a natural touch into your backyard! Native plants sold in 2" or 3" containers will be available for purchase first come, first serve. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.
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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
April 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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May 2015

 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 2, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
May 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the warble, typically seen migrating through Southeastern MN as the weather warms in the spring.

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel … toddlers are natural explorers. Nurture that curiosity during our nature-themed classes designed for 2-3 year old children accompanied by a grown up. Classes include story, art and outdoor adventures.

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May 9, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Many hands are needed to help keep Quarry Hill Park healthy and beautiful. Join the effort to remove this invasive and harmful plant from woodlands.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
May 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$45
$35/members
pre-registration required
May 15, 6:00 PM10:00 PM

Tired of the same old Friday night routine? Join other adventurous adults to explore the underground world in a private system of caves near Spring Valley. Observe cave formations such as stalactites, cave bacon, and soda straws and learn about the fascinating world of karst geology that is unique to SE Minnesota.
 

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$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Accompany your little naturalist on a nature adventure, exploring a different topic each month. Classes include story, art and an outdoor adventure.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
May 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

You won't want to miss this episode of Critter Sunday because it's just a few times a year we open our Animal Survival Trail for all to enjoy. Before they moved in to Quarry Hill, our animals honed their many specialty skills surviving in the wild. Use your animal instincts during an outdoor game, played on our survival trail. Choose wisely and your animal will survive all ten days!

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$12
$9/member
pre-registration required
May 21, 5:30 PM7:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was once the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. During this guided walking tour, participants will visit some of the interesting historic features that remain from a century of State Hospital use and learn about the human history of the area. From cave, to cemetery, to quarry operation, the history is rich and intriguing!
 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
May 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$12
$9/member
pre-registration required
May 28, 5:30 PM7:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was once the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. During this guided walking tour, participants will visit some of the interesting historic features that remain from a century of State Hospital use and learn about the human history of the area. From cave, to cemetery, to quarry operation, the history is rich and intriguing!
 

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June 2015

 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
June 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the cowbird, a species with a fascinating, but unusual, approach to raising it's young.

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$15/pair
$12/member
pre-registration required
June 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Learn about little blue as we hike the blue bird trail, peek into a nest, meet Blue Bird Dave, and enjoy a sweet "tweet" treat. We'll also craft our own little blue bird.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
June 14, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 23, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Snores, lores and s’mores – that’s what makes a great camp out! We’ll go on a scavenger hunt, gather wood for a fire, set up camp & fuel up with a traditional s’more!

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
June 28, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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July 2015

July 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

The Nature Center Exploration Hall is closed. The park is open dawn to dusk. Restroom and water are available in the Pond Pavilion near the Nature Center.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
July 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the bluebird inhabiting the nest boxes around the park.

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$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
July 7, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Connect with your inner Mighty Spidey sense! Find out what makes spiders so mighty – 8 legs, 8 eyes, the ability to spin webs and more. Meet our resident spider Rosy and roll out your own webby craft. “Wrap up” the morning with a spiderlicious snack!

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
July 12, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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

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Free
July 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Meet at the pond pavilion for nature-themed stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and more presented by the Rochester Public Library.

(Held indoors at Quarry Hill Nature Center if there is inclement weather.)

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$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
July 21, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

There is fungus among us. Join us as we explore the citizens of Toadstool Town! Create your own toadstool to take home, play mushroom games and sample some deliciously creative toadstools.

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
July 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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

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August 2015

 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
August 2, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Our August topic will be feathers.

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$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
August 4, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Some animals need special “Shell-ters” to keep them safe. Join us as we encounter turtles, snails and crayfish to learn why they are all at home in a shell. A shell-tacular snack and craft will round out our morning.

 

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Free
August 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Meet at the pond pavilion for nature-themed stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and more presented by the Rochester Public Library.

(Held indoors at Quarry Hill Nature Center if there is inclement weather.)

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free
August 9, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$45/pair
$35/pair
pre-registration required
August 17, 9:00 AM2:00 PM

Amazing Mammals Camp for kids ages 4 - 7:
Step into the world of mammals when you play a survival game through the eyes of a squirrel. Hone your tracking skills on a hike- what signs do mammals leave behind as they move through the forest?

Wet & Wild Camp for kids ages 6-10:
On this “Wet & Wild” adventure, kids and grandparents will explore the Quarry Hill children’s pond and the life found in it. During camp we’ll head out to the pond to go fishing and then do some wildlife research marking, measuring and weighing turtles.

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$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
August 18, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

In field and forest, we’ll go on a bug hunting adventure! Test your net skills, play buggy games, devour a buggy snack. We’ll learn all about what makes even the ‘bugliest’ bugs cool.

 

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$45/pair
$35/pair
pre-registration required
August 21, 9:00 AM2:00 PM

Amazing Mammals Camp for kids ages 4 - 7:
Step into the world of mammals when you play a survival game through the eyes of a squirrel. Hone your tracking skills on a hike- what signs do mammals leave behind as they move through the forest?

Wet & Wild Camp for kids ages 6-10:
On this “Wet & Wild” adventure, kids and grandparents will explore the Quarry Hill children’s pond and the life found in it. During camp we’ll head out to the pond to go fishing and then do some wildlife research marking, measuring and weighing turtles.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
August 23, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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Free
August 25, 6:30 PM7:30 PM

Learn about the fascinating life cycle of the monarch butterfly and how it prepares for its long journey back to Mexico. After the presentation, participants will observe a tagging demonstration and help release the live monarch butterflies.

 

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Free
August 27, 4:00 PM6:00 PM

Be a part of research in action! Join naturalists and other citizens at Northern Hills Prairie to capture and tag monarch butterflies as they begin their yearly migration.

 

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September 2015

 

Free
September 1, 4:00 PM6:00 PM

Be a part of research in action! Join naturalists and other citizens at Northern Hills Prairie to capture and tag monarch butterflies as they begin their yearly migration.

 

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
September 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. This month's topic is migration; we'll help identify birds leaving the area and birds arriving to spend the winter month's in Minnesota.

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Free admission
September 12, 11:00 AM5:00 PM

Enjoy this annual event celebrating fall and all things uniquely Quarry Hill! Indoor activities include nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, & outdoor activities include cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating and more.

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Free admission
September 13, 11:00 AM5:00 PM

Enjoy this annual event celebrating fall and all things uniquely Quarry Hill! Indoor activities include nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, & outdoor activities include cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating and more.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
September 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. Critter programs focus on the eating, sleeping and survival skills of an animal (turtle, snake, stick bug) who calls Quarry Hill home. Programs often offer an opportunity to hold an animal or watch it being fed.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
pre-registration required
September 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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October 2015

 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
October 4, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the sparrow.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
October 11, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
October 18, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. Nine Minnesota species, but 13 scutes on each one; we are going "Totally Turtles" during this program all about these unique reptiles.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
October 25, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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November 2015

 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
November 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. We'll talk a bit about the native bird very popular during November, the turkey!

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
November 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
November 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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December 2015

 

Free admission
December 5, 9:00 AM4:00 PM

You’ll see pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, woodworking and more. Admission is free and ten percent of all sales are donated to the Friends of Quarry Hill in support of nature education programs.

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Free admission
December 6, 11:00 AM4:00 PM

You’ll see pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, woodworking and more. Admission is free and ten percent of all sales are donated to the Friends of Quarry Hill in support of nature education programs

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
December 13, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members.
December 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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.

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