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2016-17 Offerings

We are pleased to offer classes especially for home school families.These environmental education classes focus on interactive, hands-on learning and correlate to MN Science Standards. Each class includes indoor and outdoor experiences and access to our public Exploration Hall before and after class.

Details:

  • Contact the Quarry Hill office M-F between 9 am and 5 pm to register: 507-328-3950
  • Parents of students ages 4-7 are asked to stay for the class. Younger siblings may accompany a parent but the parent should be prepared to excuse themselves to the interpretive hall as needed.     
  • Children ages 8-16 do not need to be accompanied by an adult.     
  • Classes often include a significant amount of time outside. Please dress for the weather.

Offerings:                                                                             

Whose Clues?
October 3, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Ages 4-7

Students will compare a live snake & a toy snake, look for animals in soil, and hike to find clues about living things. They will learn what all living things need to survive and some ways scientist group living things.
Fee = $4.00

Rock Climbing
October 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-12
                  
Students will be exposed to the geologic and human history of Quarry Hill Park and SE Minnesota as they hike to search for & identify fossils. After an introduction to proper climbing techniques & equipment, students have an opportunity to climb the QH limestone wall – a great team-building activity.
Fee = $4.00


Examining Life
January 3, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Ages 4-7

Students will measure & draw small living animals observing how they are alike and different and how they look & move. Brief puppet shows will help students understand animal life cycles through the seasons.   
Fee = $4.00

Bird Adaptations
January 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-12

This bird intensive class will have students observing birds with binoculars, live trapping birds, assisting with bird banding and understanding how habitat and bird adaptations are related.
Fee = $4.00


Let's 'Bee' Nosey
May 8, 1:15 - 2:45 pm

Ages 4-7
Students will compare their five senses with the senses of honey bees.  Students also learn how honey is made, help extract honey from comb, and taste honey.
Fee = $4.00

Weather
May 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Ages 8-12
 Students will use various tools of meteorology to take measurements & predict the weather.  They will learn about human impacts on our “sea of air” and also how animals respond to weather & seasonal changes.
Fee = $4.00


Karst Geology
November 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 11-15

Students will work at hands-on experiment stations to learn about the geology under our feet and how our limestone bedrock forms caves and affects groundwater quality.
Fee = $4.00

Learn to Ski and Snowshoe
February 8, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 11-15

Students will learn the basics of both cross country skiing and snowshoes and then hit the trails for an experience with each. Students must wear snow pants, boots, a hat and mittens. This class will be dependent on snow conditions.
Fee = $8.00