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January 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 2, 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. Enrollment is limited.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 9, 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 - Frosty Frolic
 
$18
$15 members
pre-registration required
January 11, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

In the snow and on the ice get ready to frolic as we explore winter's frosty grip! We will investigate ice on the pond and the life underneath it, play a traditional game of snow snakes and use inspiration from nature to make icy sun catchers.       

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Good Natured Kids - Frosty Frolic
 
$18
$15 members
pre-registration required
January 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

In the snow and on the ice get ready to frolic as we explore winter's frosty grip! We will investigate ice on the pond and the life underneath it, play a traditional game of snow snakes and use inspiration from nature to make icy sun catchers.       

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Friday Night Lights
January 14, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 16, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Owls have many adaptations for their life in the forest. Totally silent flight, sharp talons, and large eyes set forward make them stealthy hunters. Learn all about these impressive predatory adaptations and the owl species that live in Minnesota. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 23, 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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Friday Night Lights
January 28, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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February 2022

Beyond the Book: Owl Moon, 6:00 pm
February 4, 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Our Beyond the Book adventures continue with the children's classic Owl Moon.

Come to the Prairie House for a fireside reading of Owl Moon followed by a live owl encounter and a 30 minute hike with a Quarry Hill naturalist. 

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Beyond the Book: Owl Moon, 7:00 pm
February 4, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Our Beyond the Book adventures continue with the children's classic Owl Moon.

Come to the Prairie House for a fireside reading of Owl Moon followed by a live owl encounter and a 30 minute hike with a Quarry Hill naturalist. 

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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. Enrollment is limited.

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Good Natured Kids - Hoot, Hoot Little Owl
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 8, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Feathered socks, a hooked beak and gigantic eyes – oh my! Get up close with one of Quarry Hill’s little owls to learn all about their special features. Then head outdoors to look for owl nests and try your skills at owl calling. Back indoors, we will dissect owl pellets. It’s sure to be a HOOT!

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Good Natured Kids - Hoot, Hoot Little Owl
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Feathered socks, a hooked beak and gigantic eyes – oh my! Get up close with one of Quarry Hill’s little owls to learn all about their special features. Then head outdoors to look for owl nests and try your skills at owl calling. Back indoors, we will dissect owl pellets. It’s sure to be a HOOT!

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Friday Night Lights
February 11, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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Valentine Hike by Candlelight
February 12, 6:00 PM8:30 PM

Bring your sweetheart or come with friends for a candlelit evening in nature. 

Follow the romantic glow of a candlelit trail to the Prairie House. There you can warm up by a bonfire and enjoy your selection from the hot cocoa bar, with or without spirits. Luminaries will light your return path. Don't forget to stop at the photo tree adorned with candles for a selfie with your special someone.

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It's Snow Crazy
February 13, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of snow games and experience snow like you never have before!

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Critter Sunday: Animals in Winter
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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. 

read more

March 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Good Natured Kids - Oh Deer!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
March 8, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Tracks, trails and scat – we’re headed out in search of deer in the Quarry Hill woods and field. Get ready for hide and seek and finders keepers as we join in antler games! Oh deer, mister buck dropped his antler, can we find it? Hightail it to Quarry Hill to discover all about this treasured and secretive mammal.

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Good Natured Kids - Oh Deer!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
March 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Tracks, trails and scat – we’re headed out in search of deer in the Quarry Hill woods and field. Get ready for hide and seek and finders keepers as we join in antler games! Oh deer, mister buck dropped his antler, can we find it? Hightail it to Quarry Hill to discover all about this treasured and secretive mammal.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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. 

read more
Critter Sunday: Creepy Crawlies
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Some crawl, some fly, hairy legs, googly eyes…what Creepy Crawlies are lurking about the Nature Center?

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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. 

read more

April 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 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. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 3, 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 - Wonderful Worms
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
April 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

They’re sticky and they’re slimy, wiggly and tiny, they’re all together grimy it’s the worm family! Get ready to dig into the wonderful world of worms as we explore one of nature’s most down to earth creatures. Learn about their amazing recycling powers and streamlined design that make them the best creature for the job!J

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Good Natured Kids - Wonderful Worms
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
April 13, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

They’re sticky and they’re slimy, wiggly and tiny, they’re all together grimy it’s the worm family! Get ready to dig into the wonderful world of worms as we explore one of nature’s most down to earth creatures. Learn about their amazing recycling powers and streamlined design that make them the best creature for the job!

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 17, 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
Critter Sunday: Frogs & Toads
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 17, 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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May 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 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. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 8, 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 - Peeps & leaps, it's time for spring!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
May 10, 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 nets and head out to the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Good Natured Kids - Peeps & leaps, it's time for spring!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
May 11, 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 nets and head out to the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 22, 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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