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January 2018

Nature Toddlers: Birds at the Feeder
 
$8/pair
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 6, 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. Storytime and feeding the fish are also included in this class especially for 2-3 year old and their favorite grown-up.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
January 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: Birds at the Feeder
 
$8/pair
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 10, 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. Storytime and feeding the fish are also included in this class especially for 2-3 year old and their favorite grown-up.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 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: Our Feathered Friends
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/pair
pre-registration required
January 20, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Color and sounds abound as songbirds flutter by. Practice observation, meet a live bird, and make a feeder to take home for your backyard birds. 

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Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 21, 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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Volunteer Saturday
January 27, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 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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February 2018

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

February 2, 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Deer in the Woods
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/pair
pre-registration required
February 3, 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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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
February 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.

read more
Nature Toddlers: Deer in the Woods
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/pair
pre-registration required
February 7, 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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Homeschool Class - Soil Sleuths
February 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

The “Soil Chef” will help students understand the difference between soil & dirt and give the recipe for soil. Students will hike to the QH sandstone cave and also sift & sort soil samples into their components. Offered for students ages 5-7.  

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Homeschool Class - Plankton Classification
February 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Students will learn microscope basics and have time to practice with prepared slides before moving on to the amazing world of microorganisms within a drop of water.  Preparing a wet mount slide, observation, sorting, & classifying skills will be emphasized. Offered for students ages 8-10.

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Homeschool Class - Winter Survival
February 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Students will learn animal survival strategies, learn about core and extremity body temperatures as it relates to hypothermia, take the ice bucket challenge, and experiment with insulators.  Meet at Quarry Hill and dress to be outside for a portion of the class. Offered for students ages 11-14.

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Valentine's Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe
 
$20/person
$15/member
pre-registration required
February 10, 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.

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It's Snow Crazy! - a Rochester Winterfest XV1 Event
February 11, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before! Bring your mittens, for a game of snow bowling. Then we are making snow candy, because we all love to eat snow. Just think how good it will be turned into candy. Finally it is time to snow create! You can color it, shape it, or adorn it for the birds - whatever you are in the mood for.

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Nature Nuts: Tracks
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/pair
pre-registration required
February 17, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

How fast? Which way? How big? Tracks can tell us many things about animals. Adventure outdoors to practice your tracking skills after a fun matching animals to tracks game. 

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Introduction to Falconry
 
$16/person
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 17, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

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

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Volunteer Saturday
February 24, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

read more
Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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.

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
February 26, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
February 27, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
February 28, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more

March 2018

Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 1, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 2, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Homeschool Class - Maple Syruping
March 2, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Students will learn how syrup is made from beginning to end. They will learn which trees produce edible syrup and then practice tapping. Participants will even get to sample some finished box elder syrup. Offered for students ages 8-10.

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 3, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 5, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 6, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 7, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 8, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 9, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 10, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 11, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 12, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 13, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 14, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 15, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 16, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 17, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 18, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 19, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 20, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 21, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 22, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

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Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 23, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 24, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 25, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 26, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 27, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 28, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 29, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 30, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
March 31, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more

April 2018

Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 1, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 2, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 3, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 5, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 6, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 7, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Nature Center is closed for renovations.
April 8, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 8 to install new exhibits, animal enclosures, and an aquarium with crawl through tunnels! 

Quarry Hill Park and Trails will remain open from dawn to dusk. 

read more
Homeschool Class - Growing Up
April 18, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

This class focuses on animal’s lifecycles; how they are born, and change as they become adults.  Through active learning situations, (puppet skits and 2 outside activities) students learn about various animal families and babies.

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Homeschool Class - Energy Conservation
April 18, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

During this class, students will work with interactive learning stations related to energy conservation, alternative energy sources, and potential environmental problems related to energy use. Students will also play our energy game trail to test and add to their knowledge of energy usage. Offered for students ages 11-14.

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Volunteer Saturday
April 28, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

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May 2018

Historical Hike of Quarry Hill Park
 
$12/person
$9/members
pre-registration required
May 17, 6:00 PM7:30 PM

The lands of Quarry Hill Park were once part of Rochester’s historic State Hospital grounds.   Join other adults on a guided walking tour of the park to visit some of the interesting historic features that remain from a century of State Hospital use.  For example did you know that the hospital farmed over 1,000 acres and provided all the food required for all of their patients?  From cave, to cemetery, to quarry operations – the history is rich and intriguing!  

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Volunteer Saturday
May 26, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

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