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January 2019

Nature Center is open 12-5 pm
January 1, 12:00 PM5:00 PM
Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members.
January 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Snow White, Snow Bright
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 9, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Frosty snowflakes whirl and twirl through the air to cover the earth in a blanket of white. Join a naturalist for some Frosty Fun! Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Cave Tour and History Hike - Cancelled Due to Icy Conditions
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members.
pre-registration required
January 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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Nature Nuts: Hang Time! All about Bats
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 19, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Bust the myths about these amazing and misunderstood mammals when you take an up close look at a bat specimen to learn about their unique bones, ears, and wings! Dress up and craft a bat to test their special talents like flying and echolocation!

 

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Critter Sunday: Animals Surviving Winter
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Huddle together, slow down, stock up on food and use 'antifreeze' - animals use some amazing adaptations to survive the winter weather! Join a naturalist and discover how animals get through the long, cold, snowy months of winter.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members.
pre-registration required
January 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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Building is Closed.
January 30, 12:00 AM9:00 AM

Due to extreme cold weather conditions. 

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February 2019

Ski by Candlelight - a Rochester WinterFest Event
 
$10/person

February 1, 5:30 PM9:00 PM

Celebrate Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape. Enjoy an evening skiing by candlelight and the glow of the moon.

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Nature Toddlers: Cardinals & the Color Red
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 2, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Look at me!, shouts the beautiful red of a male cardinal. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about this showy bird and it's bright color. Story, art and an outdoor bird hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Pre-registration requested.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
February 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Cardinals & the Color Red
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Look at me!, shouts the beautiful red of a male cardinal. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about this showy bird and it's bright color. Story, art and an outdoor bird hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Pre-registration requested.

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It's Snow Crazy! - a Rochester Winterfest Event
February 10, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before!

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Valentine's Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe - Sold Out
 
$20
$15/member
pre-registration required
February 15, 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.

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Nature Nuts: Awesome Owls
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Great, screech, barred, and snowy - owls are awesome! Meet our resident saw-whet owl, create your own 'owl pellet' and learn a few owl calls during this hoot of a class for 2-5 year olds and a grown up.

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Introduction to Falconry
 
$16
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 16, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Join licensed falconer Kirk Payne and his Red tailed Hawk, to learn about the ancient sport of falconry.  After some indoor pictures, a discussion, and if the weather and hawk are willing, we’ll walk to some nearby public hunting lands for a falconry demonstration in the field.

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Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
February 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Rescued and unable to live in the wild, our Saw-whet 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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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March 2019

Nature Toddlers: Fishy Fish
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 2, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Fins, scales and fish tales. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about these underwater creatures through story, art, a walk to the frozen pond, and a chance to feed the fish in the Quarry Hill aquarium. Advance registration requested.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
March 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Fishy Fish
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Fins, scales and fish tales. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about these underwater creatures through story, art, a walk to the frozen pond, and a chance to feed the fish in the Quarry Hill aquarium. Advance registration requested.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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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How Egg-citing
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Turtles, dinosaurs, snakes and Ostrich - so many animals lay eggs and no two are the same! Compare eggs and create your own egg during this 'egg-citing' experience. Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-5 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Critter Sunday: Goodness Snakes
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
March 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

There are seven native Minnesota snake species at the nature center. From flexible jaws to smelling with their tongue, snakes are charming! Slither in and coil up while a naturalist introduces you to a variety of snakes and their scaly goodness.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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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Spring Break Days Nature Camp
 
$65 ($75 photography)
$55 ($65 photography)
pre-registration required
March 26, 9:00 AM12:00 PM

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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Days Nature Camp
 
$65 ($75 photography)
$55 ($65 photography)
pre-registration required
March 27, 9:00 AM12:00 PM

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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Days Nature Camp
 
$65 ($75 photography)
$55 ($65 photography)
pre-registration required
March 28, 9:00 AM12:00 PM

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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Nature Sunday: - Maple Syruping
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 31, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Bring your sweet tooth and discover the natural sugars of MN maple trees.Learn how maple syrup is harvested and made and then head outside for a tapping and collecting demonstration. 

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April 2019

Nature Toddlers: Wonderful Worms
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Wiggly and wonderful, earthworms hide in the ground without making a sound. Discover what amazing ways earthworms help other plants and animals.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members.
April 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Wonderful Worms
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 10, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Wiggly and wonderful, earthworms hide in the ground without making a sound. Discover what amazing ways earthworms help other plants and animals.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 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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Nature Nuts: Searching for Colors
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 20, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Nature's colors are returning after a long white and brown winter! Come and learn what nature's colors mean and head outdoors in search of the beautiful rainbow of colors springing up all around.

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Critter Sunday: Frogs and Toads
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
April 21, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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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Native Plant Sale
April 27, 8:00 AM10:30 AM

A great way to bring a natural touch into your  backyard! Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and once established; seldom need watering, mulching, or protection from frost or continuous mowing. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  

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Prairie House Open House - Green Building Practices
April 27, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Fitting with this year's EarthFest theme Build Better, Build Green we welcome the community to tour our new green built Prairie House education building.
Seated in the heart of the park, this new classroom was designed to embrace green elements such as solar energy, a pellet fuel furnace, thermal mass floors, a dual flue chimney for chimney swifts and more. 

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Build a Greener Backyard Garden
April 27, 10:30 AM11:15 AM

Jeff Feece, owner and landscape designer at Jeff Feece Designs, will give a presentation on how to build a better, greener garden by using native plants to landscape for butterflies and their pollinator friends.

 

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Horus turns 18 - A Birthday Celebration for our American Kestrel
April 27, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Join us to celebrate the 18th birthday of our American Kestrel, Horus.18 is just the start of adulthood for a human, but for a kestrel it is ancient! 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 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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May 2019

Nature Toddlers: Animal Babies
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

So many animal babies arrive in the spring! Can they walk or swim at birth? Do they look like a grown up animal? Join in for some animal baby show and tell and a short hike to search for animal babies in the park.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members.
May 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Weed Warriors-Learn how to fight the battle of invasive plant species!
May 7, 6:00 PM7:30 PM

Join us for a Weed Warrior introduction session and the fight to take back our parks and our woodlands. Invasive species like garlic mustard and buckthorn are threatening to choke out native plants and wildflowers and the animal diversity will soon follow. We need your help!

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Nature Toddlers: Animal Babies
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

So many animal babies arrive in the spring! Can they walk or swim at birth? Do they look like a grown up animal? Join in for some animal baby show and tell and a short hike to search for animal babies in the park.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 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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Nature Nuts: Grow Garden Grow
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Vegetables, fruits, trees, plants, flowers, weeds, bugs and more - it's growing season! Discover what grows in the gardens around Quarry Hill and create your garden art.

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Critter Sunday: Worms & Decomposers
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
May 19, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

'Open a can of worms' with a Quarry Hill Naturalist during this adventure into the wonderful world of worms. Learn about earthworms, worm compost and other decomposers.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 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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June 2019

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 2, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/chld
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 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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Good Natured Kids: Hello Little Blue
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
June 11, 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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Good Natured Kids: Backyard Camper
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
June 18, 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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Family Storytime at the Pond Pavilion
June 22, 10:30 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/chld
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 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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Good Natured Kids: Mighty Spidey
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
June 25, 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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July 2019

Building is Closed
July 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

The Nature Center Building is closed. The Park is open dawn to dusk

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Good Natured Kids: Busy Buzzy Bee
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
July 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get the Buzz on honey bees! Learn all about how the hive jives and perfect you waggle dance as we play pollinator. A sticky treat and an up-close encounter with our meadow observation hive will top this sweet class. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 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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Good Natured Kids: Toadstool Town
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
July 23, 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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Family Storytime at the Pond Pavilion
July 27, 10:30 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 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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August 2019

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 4, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Good Natured Kids: Gimme Shell-ter
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
August 6, 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 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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Good Natured Kids: The Bugliest Bug
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
August 13, 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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Family Storytime at the Pond Pavilion
August 24, 10:30 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 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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All About Monarch Butterflies
 

Free program
August 27, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

Learn all about these magical creatures through hands on activities. Visit the butterfly tent, tag & release a live monarch, crafts and an up close look at monarchs through a microscope.

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All About Monarch Butterflies
 

Free program
August 27, 6:30 PM8:00 PM

Presentation about butterflies and monarch migration followed by monarch tagging and release. Hosted by Zumbro Valley Audubon Society.

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September 2019

Fall Festival
 
Activity tickets $1 each.
Free admission
September 7, 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.
September 7 and 8 from 11 - 5pm. 

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Fall Festival
 
Activity tickets $1 each.
Free admission
September 8, 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.
September 7 and 8 from 11 - 5pm. 

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Nature Toddlers: Looking for Critters
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
September 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Who lives with us at Quarry Hill Park? Tracks, webs, and other clues help us get to know the critters who share the forest, pond, and meadow with us. 

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Family Storytime at the Pond Pavilion
 

Free program
September 14, 10:30 AM11:30 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.)

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 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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Nature Nuts: Migrating Monarchs
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
September 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Monarchs fly thousands of miles each fall in search of warmer weather for the winter. Learn about their life cycle and their magical journey to Mexico. 

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Run Wild 5K Trail Run & Hike and Wild Child Dash
 
$10 Wild Child Dash
$30 Run Wild 5K
pre-registration required
September 21, 6:00 PM6:00 PM

Join us on the Autumnal Equinox for an evening race under a canopy of fall colors! 
ONLINE Registration open through 9 AM Saturday. Only 50 spots remain for the Wild Child Dash - get yours today!
Run Wild 5K registration open through 9 am Saturday - no runner limit, but t-shirts are first come, first serve. 

 

 

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Critter Sunday: Fall Mushroom Hunt - SOLD OUT
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Fall is an excellent time to hunt mushrooms. Quarry Hill naturalist, Sammie, is an experienced forager and expert in mushroom identification. Join her for a short program about fall mushroom varieties and then set out on a guided hike in the park to hunt for wild mushrooms and other edibles.

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Building is closed.
September 27, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

The Nature Center building will be closed for staff development. 

The park is open dawn to dusk. 

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Building is closed.
September 28, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

The Nature Center building will be closed for staff development. 

The park is open dawn to dusk. 

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Building is closed.
September 29, 12:00 PM5:00 PM

The Nature Center is closed for staff development. 

The park is open dawn to dusk. 

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October 2019

Nature Toddlers: Apples!
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
October 5, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Apples come in different shapes, colors, and sizes but all of them grow on trees. A favorite snack for humans, there are also animals that enjoy apples. Learn apples and  make cider with a traditional cider press. After sampling a bit of cider,  we'll share an apple treat with the animals - find out which ones when you join in the fun!

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Nature Toddlers: Apples!
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
October 9, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Apples come in different shapes, colors, and sizes but all of them grow on trees. A favorite snack for humans, there are also animals that enjoy apples. Learn apples and  make cider with a traditional cider press. After sampling a bit of cider,  we'll share an apple treat with the animals - find out which ones when you join in the fun!

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Family Storytime at the Pond Pavilion
 

Free program
October 12, 10:30 AM11:30 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.)

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 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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Creatures of the Night
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
October 18, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

October 18 & 19

Meet the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill during this non-scary (and sometimes humorous!) family evening in the forest. On a guided hike of the woods and cave, you will encounter the "Creatures of the Night" costumed characters featuring a skunk, raccoon, owl, and bat each with a tale to tell about their night life. Refreshments follow the hike inside the Nature Center.

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Creatures of the Night
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
October 19, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

October 18 & 19

Meet the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill during this non-scary (and sometimes humorous!) family evening in the forest. On a guided hike of the woods and cave, you will encounter the "Creatures of the Night" costumed characters featuring a skunk, raccoon, owl, and bat each with a tale to tell about their night life. Refreshments follow the hike inside the Nature Center.

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Critter Sunday: Going Batty over Bats
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
October 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest neighbors! The animal residents who live in Quarry Hill Park are amazing. Join us to bust the myths about an often misunderstood and feared mammal, Bats! Echolocation, keen sense of smell and the ability to eat 500 mosquitoes in an hour -  bats are amazing and beneficial! 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 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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November 2019

Nature Toddlers: Animals & their Winter Clothes
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
November 2, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Brrr...it's time for mittens, hats and coats to keep us warm. But, what do animals wear to keep them warm as colder temperatures roll in? Fur, feathers, and scales are natures way of keeping things toasty. Join us to learn how animals are naturally prepared for winter.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Nature Toddlers: Animals & their Winter Clothes
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
November 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Brrr...it's time for mittens, hats and coats to keep us warm. But, what do animals wear to keep them warm as colder temperatures roll in? Fur, feathers, and scales are natures way of keeping things toasty. Join us to learn how animals are naturally prepared for winter.

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Family Storytime with the Rochester Public Library
 

Free admission
November 9, 10:30 AM11:30 AM

Join in for family storytime with the Rochester Public Library staff at Quarry Hill Nature Center. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 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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Nature Nuts: Time to Sleep
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
November 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Some animals go to sleep for the winter season. Learn more about hibernation through story, art, and a special "bear hunt"!

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Critter Sunday: Totally Turtles
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 16, 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 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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December 2019

Nature Sunday - Nuts About Squirrels
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 1, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Go nuts! Winter is coming - are the squirrels prepared? Guided by a Quarry Hill Naturalist, learn all about these nutty creatures.

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Wreath Making
December 6, 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Using an assortment of locally sourced evergreens, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season.

 

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Nature Art Show and Sale
 

free admission
December 7, 9:00 AM4:00 PM

Ten artists inspired by nature. 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.
Meet the artists and hear how they have been inspired by nature to create their art.

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Nature Toddlers: Winter Trees
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
December 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Some trees are bare in the winter, some are evergreen. Do some trees hibernate in the winter? Join in to learn about trees through crafts, story and a short hike.

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DIY Nature Wool Ornaments
 
$22
$17/members
pre-registration required
December 7, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Join us to make your very own decorative wool ornaments. Work with a beautiful assortment of natural and dyed wool to learn the basics of wool felting. We will use natural materials like milkweed pods, acorns and more to create a variety of festive ornaments.

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Nature Art Show and Sale
 

free admission
December 8, 11:00 AM4:00 PM

Ten artists inspired by nature. 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.
Meet the artists and hear how they have been inspired by nature to create their art.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 'for the birds'! Experience the beauty of birds up close when you observe trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Wreath Making
December 8, 2:30 PM4:30 PM

Using an assortment of locally sourced evergreens, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season.

 

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Nature Toddlers: Winter Trees
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
December 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Some trees are bare in the winter, some are evergreen. Do some trees hibernate in the winter? Join in to learn about trees through crafts, story and a short hike.

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Family Storytime with the Rochester Public Library
 

Free admission
December 14, 10:30 AM11:30 AM

Join in for family storytime with the Rochester Public Library staff at Quarry Hill Nature Center. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 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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Nature Nuts: Wonderful Wintertime
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
December 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Explore the sites and sounds of wonderful winter on a chilly hike. Knit mittens, paint with ice and warm up with a story!

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Critter Sunday: Silly over Snakes
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 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 some silly facts about snakes.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 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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January 2020

Nature Toddlers: Birds at the Feeder
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
January 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, and more, Quarry Hill's backyard is full of songbirds. This class is all about birds, spend time with a naturalist observing the birds, meet and release a live bird, build a felt bird and make a pine cone feeder to take home.  

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Nature Toddlers: Birds at the Feeder
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
January 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, and more, Quarry Hill's backyard is full of songbirds. This class is all about birds, spend time with a naturalist observing the birds, meet and release a live bird, build a felt bird and make a pine cone feeder to take home.  

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February 2020

Nature Toddlers: Deer in the Woods
 
$10/pair
$8/pair
pre-registration required
February 1, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Can you spot a white tail against the white winter landscape? Learn all about deer and their special winter adaptations and then go on a short walk to look for signs of deer in the woods. 

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Nature Toddlers: Deer in the Woods
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
February 5, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Can you spot a white tail against the white winter landscape? Learn all about deer and their special winter adaptations and then go on a short walk to look for signs of deer in the woods. 

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March 2020

Nature Toddlers: Water
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
March 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM
Nature Toddlers: Water
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
March 11, 12:00 AM1:00 AM

April 2020

Nature Toddlers: Robins and Rainy Days
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
April 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Cheerilee, cheeriloo! Spring rains have washed away the winter snow and the Robins are back in search of their favorite food. Worms! Class time includes story, art, and a hike.

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Nature Toddlers: Robins and Rainy Days
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
April 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Cheerilee, cheeriloo! Spring rains have washed away the winter snow and the Robins are back in search of their favorite food. Worms! Class time includes story, art, and a hike.

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May 2020

Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
May 2, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

What does nature 'feel' like? Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to experience the sticky, scratchy, and slippery of the natural world. Bones, burs, bark, coral, animal fur and more, kids ages 2-5 will enjoy exploring nature through their sense of touch. A short hike, art activity and story are included in the class.

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
May 6, 12:00 AM1:00 AM

What does nature 'feel' like? Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to experience the sticky, scratchy, and slippery of the natural world. Bones, burs, bark, coral, animal fur and more, kids ages 2-5 will enjoy exploring nature through their sense of touch. A short hike, art activity and story are included in the class.

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