Support Quarry Hill by joining our non-profit friends group, or donate.

January 2020

Bird Banding Demonstration
 

Free
January 1, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Open House - come anytime for a few minutes or stay for awhile. Experience the beauty of birds up close as you observe netting, banding and releasing winter birds.

More Winter Break Programs and Activities below. Join us!

 

read more
Quinzhee (Snow Hut) Building (Animal Bingo is there isn't adequate snow.)
 

Free
January 2, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Wear snow gear and boots and bring a small shovel if you have one. Come anytime and stay for a few minutes or stay for awhile. No snow? We’ll learn all about some of Quarry Hill’s favorite critters with a few rounds of
Animal Bingo (indoors).

 

 

read more
Winter Survival Game
 

Free program
January 3, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Dress for a MN winter and learn about all the best winter survival tactics when you play an outdoor game on our life-sized game board in the woods. Players earn points by answering questions and moving through 10 short trails. Will you earn enough points to ‘survive’ like a true Minnesotan?

 

read more
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.  

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 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.

read more
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.  

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

read more
Nature Nuts: Our Feathered Friends
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
January 18, 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. For kids ages 2-5 and an accompanying grown up.

read more
Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 19, 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. 

read more
Introduction to Snowshoeing
 
$17/person
$13/members
pre-registration required
January 25, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! And snowshoeing can be a great winter blues buster. Come learn about the history of snowshoes and their construction, and then strap on a pair for some guided practice.

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

read more
Ski by Candlelight
 
$10/person

January 31, 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.

read more

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. 

read more
Bagels and Birds
February 2, 9:00 AM11:00 AM

Join us for breakfast with the birds. Experience the beauty of the birds up close when you join our naturalist in trapping, banding, and releasing songbirds. Learn about the amazing adaptations these birds have to survive MN winter outside as you enjoy a bagel or muffin, fruit, and a beverage inside. 

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 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
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. 

read more
Beyond the Book: Owl Moon - Event is sold out.
 
$3/person
$15 family max
pre-registration required
February 7, 6:30 AM7:30 AM

Bring the whole family to our Prairie House for a fireside reading of the children's classic Owl Moon followed by an owl encounter and a 30 minute hike. 

read more
It's Snow Crazy!
February 9, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before!

read more
Valentine's Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe - Sold Out
 
$20/person
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 14, 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.

read more
Nature Nuts: Tracks
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
February 15, 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. For kids ages 2-5 accompanied by a grown up.

read more
Critter Sunday: Animals In Winter
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
February 16, 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.

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

read more

March 2020

Nature Sunday - Tracks & Scat
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
March 1, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

What signs do animals leave behind to help us identify who they are? Scat and Tracks are two things that can help us get to know who our animal neighbors are at Quarry Hill Park. 

read more
Nature Toddlers: Water
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
March 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM
Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
March 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.

read more
Nature Toddlers: Water
 
$10/pair
$8/members
pre-registration required
March 11, 12:00 AM1:00 AM
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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.

read more
Nature Nuts: Catch the Wind
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
March 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Spring is on it’s way and warm air comes on the wings of the wind! Can you feel the wind? See it? Catch it? Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy game time with a parachute, making a windy craft in this, and an outdoor adventure.  

read more
Creepy Crawlies
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
March 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 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.

read more
Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days
 
$60 ($65 photography)
$50 ($55 photography)/members
March 31, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

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

read more

April 2020

Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days
 
$60 ($65 photography)
$50 ($55 photography)/members
April 1, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

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

read more
Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days
 
$60 ($65 photography)
$50 ($55 photography)/members
April 2, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

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

read more
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.

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

read more
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.

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

read more
Critter Sunday: Frogs and Toads
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
April 19, 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.

read more
Beyond the Book: Under One Rock
 
$3/person
$15 family max
April 25, 9:30 AM10:30 AM

Bring the whole family and join a naturalist at our Prairie House site for a reading of the children’s classic Under One Rock. Then head out to the woods with a naturalist where we will look for worms, bugs, slugs and other ughs. Also learn the secret art of worm mustarding! 
 

read more
Beyond the Book: Under One Rock
 
$3/person
$15 family max
April 25, 11:00 AM12:00 PM

Bring the whole family and join a naturalist at our Prairie House site for a reading of the children’s classic Under One Rock. Then head out to the woods with a naturalist where we will look for worms, bugs, slugs and other ughs. Also learn the secret art of worm mustarding! 
 

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

read more

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.

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
May 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.

read more
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.

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

read more
Critter Sunday: The Waking Pond
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
May 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

As the water warms and the sun begins to shine, the pond comes alive with water insects, frogs and toads, and waterfowl. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the springtime pond environment. 

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

read more

June 2020

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

read more

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November 2021

December 2021