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Summer Camp Information

  • Priority registration from Friends Members is accepted between February 28 and March 13, 2017.
    Open registration begins March 14, 2017
  • Day camp is Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • All day Adventure Biking Camp and day trips are offered for campers grades 7+.
  • Camps are designed by professional environmental science educators and naturalists.
  • Each camp is led by a Camp Counselor staff and a youth leader assistant.
    • Camper to staff ratio is 12:1 or less.
  • Camp staff are First Aid certified.
  • Optional transportation from select sites is available on the Quarry Hill Critter Coach.

Printable version of camp offerings here.

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2017 Summer Camp Descriptions

Preschoolers - 4yrs old by June 1

Animal Discoveries (AD)

For preschoolers: must be 4 years old by June 1

Take a walk on the wild side this summer and discover more about the exciting world of animals at Quarry Hill. Daily puppet shows, songs, art activities, stories and of course lots of time exploring the great outdoors will add up to a week of wild animal fun for your 4 or 5 year old.
Campers must be 4 yrs. old by the first day of camp.
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
AD-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
AD-6
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
AD-7
AD-9
AD-11
AD-13
AD-8
AD-10
AD-12
AD-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

Senses and Defenses (SD)

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

Could you escape a spider’s web, outfox a fox, and blindly find a cricket in a dark cave? Find out as we put our senses and defenses to nature’s test. This camp is sure be a wild time as we use all our senses to explore the tricks animals use to survive in the wild. Excellent eyesight, creative camouflage, tongues that smell and stinky sprays are some of the animal adaptations we’ll explore. Each day will be a new adventure filled with plenty of time outdoors exploring and playing nature games that bring the senses into sharper focus. 

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
SD-1
SD-3
SD-5 (full)
SD-2
SD-4
SD-6
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
SD-7
SD-9
SD-11
not offered
SD-8
SD-10
SD-12
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Eco-Hero (EH)

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

Calling all Eco-Heroes! Learn to harness your super powers to make good-natured choices to protect and conserve our planet Earth. Investigate pollinators, battle alien plants, worm your way into composting, and more. Power up for plenty of time exploring nature, crafts and games fit for an Eco-Hero! Together we pledge to explore, conserve, and protect. Ready your cape and may the force of nature be with us.
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
EH-13 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
EH-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
EH-15
EH-17
EH-16
EH-18

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Archaeology Adventures (AA)

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Enjoy solving mysteries?  Become one of our digging detectives uncovering clues to Quarry Hill’s historical past. What people once lived here…how did they use the land…and what did they leave behind?  Get ready for excavations, explorations, and plenty of downright dirty fun as we examine artifacts throughout the park!
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
AA-1 (full)
AA-3 (full)
not offered
AA-2 (full)
AA-4 (full)
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
AA-15 (full)
AA-17 (full)
AA-16 (full)
AA-18 (full)

Catching Critters (CC)

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Dung beetles, monarchs, stink bugs, damselflies, wolf spiders -there are so many critters to catch and get to know! This week is filled with a variety of outdoor activities & hands-on discoveries emphasizing the world of creepy crawly invertebrates. Plus, campers will canoe, fish, hike and explore the cave!   
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
CC-1
CC-3
CC-5
CC-2
CC-4
CC-6
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
CC-7 (full)
CC-9 (full)
CC-11
CC-13
CC-8
CC-10
CC-12
CC-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
CC-15
CC-17
CC-16
CC-18

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Hangin' with the Birds (HB)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Hang out with live birds including grosbeaks, blue jays and woodpeckers! We will study, band and then release birds that we catch using bird traps. Learn to identify local birds and then test your “bird brain” as you try to survive life as a bird during various adventurous games. Campers will also rock climb, canoe, fish, and more! 
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
HB-1
HB-3
HB-5
HB-2
HB-4
HB-6
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
HB-7
HB-9
HB-11
HB-13
HB-8
HB-10
HB-12
HB-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
HB-15 (full)
HB-17
HB-16
HB-18

Nature Biker (NB)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Exercise, fresh air, adventure! Ride on city bike trails to study animals and plants as we explore local waterways and other natural areas. Campers must provide a bike, helmet, water bottle, and be able to sustain a biking speed of 1 mile in 8 minutes, with daily distances of 5-10 miles.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
NB-3 (full)
not offered
not offered
NB-4 (full)
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
NB-7 (full)
NB-9 (full)
not offered
NB-13 (full)
not offered
NB-10
not offered
NB-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
NB-17 (full)
not offered
not offered

Geology Rocks (GR)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Trilobites, gastropods and crinoids, OH MY! Campers will learn about local geology as we travel in the Quarry Hill ‘Critter Coach’ to nearby fossil sites in search of ancient treasures! We’ll also spend some time rock climbing at Quarry Hill’s natural limestone climbing wall. Be ready for a rockin’ good time! Wear shoes that you can hike in.
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

 

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
GR-5
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
GR-11
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Nature Art (NA)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Have you ever used pine needles for a paintbrush or sand as paint? In this camp, we'll explore the park and collect natural materials to use in unique and creative ways. Make walking sticks from invasive wood species and useful items from recycled materials. Join in and let your imagination run wild.
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
NA-9 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Nature Photography (NP)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

With camera in hand, explore the park with an artist’s eye! Our subjects will include: snakes, turtles, butterflies and flowers. Campers will use Quarry Hill cameras and laptop computers to edit and save their photos. Campers are provided with a 4G USB flash drive to take their photos home. 
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
NP-1
NP-3
not offered
not offered
not offered
NP-6 (full)
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
NP-13
NP-8 (full)
NP-10
NP-12
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
NP-15 (full)
NP-17 (full)
not offered
not offered

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Adventure Biker (AB)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Explore the “wilder” side of Rochester by bike. Water and dry land adventures include fishing, canoeing and fire starting. Bikers must provide a bike with at least 24” wheels and 3 speeds, sack lunch, water bottle, and helmet. To be up to the challenge, bikers should be able to sustain a bike speed to cover 1 mile in less than 5 minutes, with daily distances of 10+ miles.
Adventure Biker is an all day camp from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$168, $158 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
AB-1 (full)
not offered
AB-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
AB-7 (full)
not offered
AB-11 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
AB-15 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered

Falconry and Raptors (FR)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Visit a local eagle’s nest by canoe, go road trapping to try to catch and band kestrels and red-tailed hawks, learn to tie the falconer’s knot, work with Quarry Hill’s live raptors, and more! We’ll spend the week learning about the birds of prey of our region and the basics of the ancient sport of falconry.
Expand to see camp session dates below.
Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
FR-3 (full)
not offered
FR-2
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
FR-15
not offered
not offered
not offered

Teen Nature Photography (TNP)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Learn the basics of good photography technique using Quarry Hill digital cameras. We’ll hunt for special photos while hiking through the park. We’ll also hope for some special wildlife views from photo blinds as well as night shots from a pair of trail cameras. Campers will edit their photos with laptop computers and software provided by Quarry Hill and receive a 4G USB flash drive for photo storage. 

Expand to see camp session dates below.
Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
TNP-5 (full)
not offered
TNP-4 (full)
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
TNP-9
TNP-11
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
TNP-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Quarry Hill's Amazing Race (AR)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

On your mark, get set, GO! The first four days of camp we will be learning and practicing new skills, such as navigating with a GPS, rock climbing, kayaking, fire starting and more. Then on Friday, participants will put those skills to the test as they work as a team and try to finish Quarry Hill’s very own race course!

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$98, $88 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
AR-6 (full)
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
AR-13
AR-8
not offered
AR-12
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
AR-18

Wild Caving Day Trip (WC)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Are you ready to get muddy? Good! You provide a sense of adventure; we’ll provide the helmet and headlamp as we head underground. Stalactites and cave bacon await us in the wild cave as we walk and even belly crawl our way through it. We will start at Quarry Hill where we will learn about caves and southeast Minnesota geology, and then we’ll travel by Quarry Hill Critter coach to the wild cave. Campers will receive a packing list before the first day of class.

One day camp is offered:

July 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

$58, $48 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Crazy Crayfish (CF)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Crayfish, crayfish, and more crayfish! If you like to get wet, don’t mind being pinched, and love to catch critters, this is your camp! We will be catching, learning how to handle, marking, & studying crayfish at some of the local hot spots. Campers should be prepared to walk in water, use a dip net, and handle crayfish.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$98, $88 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
CF-10 (full)
not offered
CF-14
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Woodworking for Wildlife (WW)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Help local wildlife by building a variety of structures and feeders to take home to your backyard. Assemble pre-cut kits using hand tools. Throughout the week, we’ll go in search of birds, bugs and small mammals most likely to use and benefit from your work. Projects may include: wren/chickadee and bluebird nest boxes, a bumble bee bungalow, a toad abode, mason bee apartment, and both a finch and a hanging platform birdfeeder.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. Place your child on a waiting list online or call the Quarry Hill office at 328-3950.

$118, $108/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
WW-7
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

For youth entering 8th grade and up

Kayak Paddle Day Trip (KPT)

For youth entering 8th grade and up

Discover SE Minnesota’s wild side from inside a kayak. Spend the day looking for bald eagles, turtles, great-blue herons and more as we paddle our kayaks down the river. Lunch (and maybe a little swimming) will be at the sand bar of our choice. Campers will need to provide a lunch. In case of high water, area lakes will be explored instead. 

Kayak Paddle is a one day camp offered:
July 6, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Kayak Paddle trip is full. A waiting list is available at the online registration link.

$58, $48 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 12 - 16
19 - 23
26 - 30
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
31 - 4
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 7 - 11
14 - 18
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered