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January 2021

A Special Fireside Reading of Squirrel's New Years' Resolution
January 1, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Cozy up on your couch and join us live from the Nature Center’s Exploration Hall for a special fireside reading of the book Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution, by Pat Miller and Kathi Ember. Whoooo else might join us for this special event?  Our live animal guest can be quite a hoot and resolves to bring a smile to your face. We’ll bring a morning snack to a few of the nature center animals and share some ways for your family to enjoy the new year naturally.

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Good Natured Kids: Our Feathered Friends
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
January 19, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

While some birds of a feather have flocked together and headed south for the winter season, many of our feathered friends will brave the winter right here in MN. Learn about our local winter backyard birds. After trying to catch them through binoculars and a bird net, we will build a bird buffet for you to attract feathered friends to your own home all winter long.

 

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Survival Trail Sundays - Scaly & Slimy Creatures
 
$3/person
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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Friday Night Lights Hike
January 29, 5:30 PM8:30 PM

Enjoy nature after dark!
Luminaries will light your way on a groomed hiking trail through the prairie. Stop by the Prairie House to warm up by the bonfire and enjoy a cup of cocoa.

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Survival Trail Sundays - Water Wonders
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 31, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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February 2021

Good Natured Kids: Winter Wonderland
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 2, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Bundle up and head outdoors in search of winter’s many wonders! Join in a fun scavenger hunt and be ready to play and create with snow – because it’s Snow fun! A snowflake crystal science kit will be packaged up for you to take home. Participants are welcomed to bring a sled to pull along on our winter wonderland hike.

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Survival Trail Sundays - Endangered & Threatened Species of MN
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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Survival Trail Sundays - Magnificent Mammals
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 14, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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Good Natured Kids: Tracks! Who goes there?
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 16, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Two feet, four feet - small feet, big feet. We all make tracks in the snow!  Bring your valentine, don some snowshoes (weather permitting) and make some 'lovely' tracks of your own as you search for animal tracks and signs. While outside, we will be sure to leave a special valentine for the animals to show them some love, too.

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Friday Night Lights Hike - rescheduled from February 12
February 19, 5:30 PM8:30 PM

Enjoy nature after dark!
Luminaries will light your way on a groomed hiking trail through the prairie. Stop by the Prairie House to warm up by the bonfire and enjoy a cup of cocoa.

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Valentine Hike by Candlelight - rescheduled from Feb 13
February 20, 6:00 PM8:30 PM
Enjoy the sparkling landscape with your sweetheart or come with friends for an enjoyable evening in nature. 
Follow the glow of a candlelit trail to the Prairie House and warm up by a bon-fire while you enjoy hot cocoa or an adult beverage. Before moving on, stop at the photo tree adorned with candles for a ‘selfie’.
Must be 21+ to purchase tickets and attend event. 
 
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Survival Trail Sundays - Critters of MN
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 21, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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Survival Trail Sundays - Honeybee Hustle
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 28, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure.

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March 2021

Good Natured Kids: Who is in the Cave?
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
March 2, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Shhh!  Someone is sleeping in the cave - bats! With flashlight in hand, we’ll tiptoe through their winter shelter to learn about these special hibernators. Don’t forget your hiking gear as we will trek 15 minutes to the cave.

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Good Natured Kids: Who is in the Cave?
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
March 3, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Shhh!  Someone is sleeping in the cave - bats! With flashlight in hand, we’ll tiptoe through their winter shelter to learn about these special hibernators. Don’t forget your hiking gear as we will trek 15 minutes to the cave.

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Good Natured Kids: Sticky Sweet Maple Treats
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
March 16, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Bring your sweet tooth and discover the natural sugars of Minnesota maple trees.  Learn how maple syrup is harvested and made and take part in the process first hand.  Be ready to sample nature's sweet treats!

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Good Natured Kids: Sticky Sweet Maple Treats
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
March 17, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Bring your sweet tooth and discover the natural sugars of Minnesota maple trees.  Learn how maple syrup is harvested and made and take part in the process first hand.  Be ready to sample nature's sweet treats!

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 29-30
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
March 29, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 29-30
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
March 29, 1:00 PM3:30 PM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 29-30
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
March 30, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 29-30
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
March 30, 1:00 PM3:30 PM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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 2021

Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, April 1-2
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
April 1, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, April 1-2
 
$65/$60
$55/$50
pre-registration required
April 2, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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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Good Natured Kids: How Egg-citing, it’s spring!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
April 6, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get ready to hatch some fun as we investigate what babies are cracking free from their eggs. We will hike through the park scouting for nests and then try out nest building for ourselves.   Finally, let’s celebrate the beauty of the egg by adorning some with naturally colored dye.

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Good Natured Kids: How Egg-citing, it’s spring!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
April 7, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get ready to hatch some fun as we investigate what babies are cracking free from their eggs. We will hike through the park scouting for nests and then try out nest building for ourselves.   Finally, let’s celebrate the beauty of the egg by adorning some with naturally colored dye.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 11, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 11, 3:00 PM4:00 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 18, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 18, 3:00 PM4:00 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Good Natured Kids: Searching for Colors
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
April 20, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

The sky is blue, the sky is bright – colors of the spring are sure to delight! Put on your rain boots as we tromp on the trails in search of the kaleidoscope of colors that greet us each spring.  Make your own nature paintbrush and mix your own colors as you create a unique spring beauty picture.

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Good Natured Kids: Searching for Colors
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
April 21, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

The sky is blue, the sky is bright – colors of the spring are sure to delight! Put on your rain boots as we tromp on the trails in search of the kaleidoscope of colors that greet us each spring.  Make your own nature paintbrush and mix your own colors as you create a unique spring beauty picture.

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Native Plant Sale
 

SOLD OUT
April 23, 2:30 PM5:30 PM

Pre-sale only, pick up on April 23 & 24. 

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. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  

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Native Plant Sale
 

SOLD OUT
April 24, 8:30 AM10:30 AM

Pre-sale only, pick up on April 23 & 24. 

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. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 25, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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May 2021

Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 2, 12:30 PM1:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 2, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Good Natured Kids: How does your garden grow?
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 4, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get the scoop on how to nurture nature in your very own backyard by starting seeds that will create a delicious wildlife buffet.  First, we will sow some seeds for wildlife here in the park and then decorate a flowerpot for the seeds you can grow at home. 

 

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Good Natured Kids: How does your garden grow?
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 5, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get the scoop on how to nurture nature in your very own backyard by starting seeds that will create a delicious wildlife buffet.  First, we will sow some seeds for wildlife here in the park and then decorate a flowerpot for the seeds you can grow at home. 

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 9, 12:30 PM1:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 9, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 16, 12:30 PM1:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 16, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Good Natured Kids: Peeps and Leaps it’s Time for Spring!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 18, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Frogs and toads are starting their spring songs! Come meet some of our live frogs & toads as we learn all about their spring songs and lifecycle. Then we will grab binoculars and hike out by the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Good Natured Kids: Peeps and Leaps it’s Time for Spring!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 19, 9:30 AM10:55 AM

Frogs and toads are starting their spring songs! Come meet some of our live frogs & toads as we learn all about their spring songs and lifecycle. Then we will grab binoculars and hike out by the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 23, 12:30 PM1:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 23, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 30, 12:30 PM1:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 30, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more

June 2021

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 13, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

488 million years ago, Quarry Hill was covered by a shallow tropical sea filled with marine creatures. Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
June 24, 12:30 PM2:00 PM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

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Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
June 24, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

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Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
June 24, 2:00 PM3:30 PM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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July 2021

Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 11, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 18, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

488 million years ago, Quarry Hill was covered by a shallow tropical sea filled with marine creatures. Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
July 22, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
July 22, 10:00 AM11:30 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
July 24, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
July 24, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 25, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more

August 2021

Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
August 5, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
August 5, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bug Hunt Bonanza
 
$35
$30/members
pre-registration required
August 5, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

Jump, hop, fly and buzz your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re rounding up adventurers, ages 4-7,and their adult sidekick for this premier experience. During this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you how to use a bug net (that you get to keep!) and lead you in discovering the amazing world of insects.

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

488 million years ago, Quarry Hill was covered by a shallow tropical sea filled with marine creatures. Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

read more
Tagging Monarch Butterflies - Postponed Until Thurs, Aug 26
 
Free

August 24, 4:00 PM5:00 PM

Hold a live Monarch Butterfly in your hand and tag it for its journey south to Mexico. You'll learn about their life cycle and have fun walking in the prairie to catch a Monarch for tagging. (We'll have some pre-caught monarchs ready as well). Come and go on your own schedule - we'll provide some nets.

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Tagging Monarch Butterflies
 
Free

August 25, 4:00 PM5:00 PM

Hold a live Monarch Butterfly in your hand and tag it for its journey south to Mexico. You'll learn about their life cycle and have fun walking in the prairie to catch a Monarch for tagging. (We'll have some pre-caught monarchs ready as well). Come and go on your own schedule - we'll provide some nets.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more

September 2021

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Fall Festival
 
$10/person (over 3 yrs.)

pre-registration required
September 11, 10:00 AM5:00 PM

Enjoy this outdoor festival for all ages at Quarry Hill  Park  -  nature games, crafts, cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing & more!

One day only  - don't miss out!

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Good Natured Kids - Monarch Migration Magic!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
September 14, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Join us as we say adios and good luck to the butterflies that will be migrating south to Mexico for the winter. Learn about why they head south and the challenges they will face during this magical migration.  If we are lucky, we may even get to tag a butterfly before sending it on its way!

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Good Natured Kids - Monarch Migration Magic!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
September 15, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Join us as we say adios and good luck to the butterflies that will be migrating south to Mexico for the winter. Learn about why they head south and the challenges they will face during this magical migration.  If we are lucky, we may even get to tag a butterfly before sending it on its way!

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Simple and Easy Herbal Teas
September 18, 9:30 AM11:30 AM

Hike with a naturalist to learn how to identify and use local plants in a variety of health boosting teas you can make at home. Participants will learn the basics of plant identification and harvest a variety of herbs as they learn about the health benefits and ecology of each.   

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 19, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

488 million years ago, Quarry Hill was covered by a shallow tropical sea filled with marine creatures. Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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October 2021

Herbal Salve Making
October 2, 9:30 AM11:30 AM

Learn the basics of herbal salve making! Participants will hike through the park in order to learn about and collect a few common plants that can used in the salve making process. Additionally, registrants will participate in a salve making demonstration and bring a sample home with them.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Painting on the Prairie
October 7, 5:30 PM7:00 PM

Join us for an evening of creativity as we celebrate the beauty of nature by painting at our Prairie House.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Good Natured Kids - All about Apples
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
October 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Apples juicy, apples round, on the tree or on the ground. Apples crunchy, apples sweet, apples are so good to eat! Join us for crafts, games and adventure as we explore all about apples one of nature’s most delicious treats!

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Good Natured Kids - All about Apples
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
October 13, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Apples juicy, apples round, on the tree or on the ground. Apples crunchy, apples sweet, apples are so good to eat! Join us for crafts, games and adventure as we explore all about apples one of nature’s most delicious treats!

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An Evening with Night Owls
October 15, 6:30 PM8:30 PM

Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. Join us on an outdoor nighttime adventure to experience this migration up close.

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Sundays at Quarry Hill - Fossil Hunting Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

488 million years ago, Quarry Hill was covered by a shallow tropical sea filled with marine creatures. Dig into the past to discover what fossil fortunes are hiding in the rocks at Quarry Hill Park!

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Creatures of the Night
 
$10/person (over 24 mos.)

pre-registration required
October 22, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

Hooved, webbed, and eight-legged creatures lurk about in the dark of night. They are friendly and funny with just a touch of fright.
We are spinning a tale for our traditional Creatures of the Night event. Join us in the park after dark for a family friendly evening by the campfire. Encounter costumed creatures - a flying squirrel, opossum, worm, and spider, each with a tale to tell about their night life. Following the program, experience twists and turns on a self-guided walk, spying hidden objects in forest.

The evening 'wraps' up with take home treats delivered by an eight-legged friend!

Tickets available at Eventbrite.

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Creatures of the Night
 
$10/person (over 24 mos.)

pre-registration required
October 23, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

Hooved, webbed, and eight-legged creatures lurk about in the dark of night. They are friendly and funny with just a touch of fright.
We are spinning a tale for our traditional Creatures of the Night event. Join us in the park after dark for a family friendly evening by the campfire. Encounter costumed creatures - a flying squirrel, opossum, worm, and spider, each with a tale to tell about their night life. Following the program, experience twists and turns on a self-guided walk, spying hidden objects in forest.

The evening 'wraps' up with take home treats delivered by an eight-legged friend!

Tickets available at Eventbrite.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
An Evening with Night Owls
October 29, 6:30 PM8:30 PM

Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. Join us on an outdoor nighttime adventure to experience this migration up close.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 31, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more

November 2021

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

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Good Natured Kids - Nuts about Squirrels
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
November 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get ready to get squirrelly as we learn about Minnesota’s different tree squirrels and their acrobatic stunts.  We’ll even learn how to “talk” with the squirrels! Nutty games, seed buffets, and hiking await you on this forest adventure.

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Good Natured Kids - Nuts about Squirrels
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
November 10, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Get ready to get squirrelly as we learn about Minnesota’s different tree squirrels and their acrobatic stunts.  We’ll even learn how to “talk” with the squirrels! Nutty games, seed buffets, and hiking await you on this forest adventure.

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Handcrafted Soap - Hot Process Soap Making for Beginners
November 13, 9:30 AM11:30 AM

Lye soap making was an annual fall tradition in pioneer America.  Resourceful pioneers made soap from wood ash and waste fats from autumn preparations for winter meat stores. The annual rite carried on well into the 20th century. The soap recipe was simple- mix lye with melted fat over a low fire and slowly cook the combination until the water evaporates.

Fast forward to today’s modern take on similar hot process soap making using a crockpot! In this demonstration class you will learn how to craft homemade soap using lye and plant based oils. While the soap “cooks” through the saponification process, we will try our hand at felting a bar of soap. Participants will take home sample soap and all the directions to get started making their own soap at home. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 14, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Critter Sunday: Totally Turtles
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 21, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 28, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more

December 2021

Nature Art Show and Sale
 
Free

December 4, 9:00 AM4:00 PM

Ten artists inspired by nature. You’ll see paintings, pottery, fiber, prints, photography, glass, wood, metal, original art 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 Art Show and Sale
 
Free

December 5, 11:00 AM4:00 PM

Ten artists inspired by nature. You’ll see paintings, pottery, fiber, prints, photography, glass, wood, metal, original art 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.

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. The program is held outdoors. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 12, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
Good Natured Kids - Time to Sleep
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
December 14, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

With December comes the deep sleep know as hibernation. Come learn about what animals choose to sleep out the winter season here and just how they prepare for this deepest sleep. This class will also take us underground to explore who might be sleeping in the Quarry Hill cave!

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Good Natured Kids - Time to Sleep
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
December 15, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

With December comes the deep sleep know as hibernation. Come learn about what animals choose to sleep out the winter season here and just how they prepare for this deepest sleep. This class will also take us underground to explore who might be sleeping in the Quarry Hill cave!

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Critter Sunday: Silly over Snakes
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 19, 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
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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