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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.

read more
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)

read more
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

read more

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 15 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 27, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 15 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 7, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 9, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 10, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 15 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 13, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 18, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 20, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 21, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 22, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 31, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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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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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 9, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 10, 12:35 AM12:35 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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.
April 11, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 Toddlers: Robins and Rainy Days
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/pair
pre-registration required
April 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

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

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

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 13, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 14, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 15, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

Quarry Hill Nature Center main building will be closed from February 26 - April 15 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 - 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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Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting
April 21, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

Spring into the Nature Center for a first look at our newly renovated Exploration Hall. All ages will enjoy looking deep into nature through the lenses of our high tech microscopes at the Investigation Station, seeing the Freshwater Aquarium with a fish eye's view in the crawl through tunnels, or rock-out in the all new Geology Hall highlighting the unique underground landscape of SE MN. 

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Critter Sunday: Frogs and Toads
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
April 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Ribbit, croak, and sing. Our frogs have plenty to say about their lifestyle at Quarry Hill. We might even see some of their friends on a quick trip out to the pond.

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Native Plant Sale
April 28, 8:00 AM10:30 AM

A great way to bring a natural touch into your  backyard! Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and once established; seldom need watering, mulching, or protection from frost or continuous mowing. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  Starter plants in 2"x 2" pots are $4.00 each. 
Plant varieties will be dependent on growers availability, but may include:
Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Meadow Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, New England Aster, Little Bluestem, Wild Ginger, Lady Fern 

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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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Weed Warriors
 
No Fee

April 29, 12:30 PM3:30 PM

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

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
April 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

May 2018

Spring Foraging
 
$20
$15/members
pre-registration required
May 5, 9:00 AM12:30 PM

Meet at Quarry Hill for a morning of foraging fun. Learn how to confidently identify and prepare a variety of common springtime edible plants and mushrooms. The class will begin with a light breakfast featuring foraged ingredients, followed by a lecture, and guided foray through the park.

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 5, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, feel....toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature -themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures. Register for one class or the whole series.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
May 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

read more
Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 9, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, feel....toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature -themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures. Register for one class or the whole series.

read more
Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
May 13, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

read more
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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Call of the Wild - Frog Style
 
$6
$5/member
pre-registration required
May 18, 7:00 PM8:30 PM

Springtime brings a symphony of sounds from out amphibian friends. This seasonal call of the wild is a delight for the ears as the male frogs and toads begin to serenade the females. Come join us as we learn all about Minnesota’s resident frogs and toads, their life cycle, distinct calls and features. Class will begin with a short presentation inside and then will head outside for a listening hike in search of the call of the wild! Participants should expect to hike up to a mile over some uneven terrain. Not suitable for strollers

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Nature Nuts: Peapin' Leapers
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
May 19, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Accompany your little naturalist on a nature adventure, exploring a different topic each month. 

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Critter Sunday: The Waking Pond
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
May 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest neighbors! The animal residents who live in Quarry Hill Park are amazing.

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Historical Hike of Quarry Hill Park
 
$12
$9/members
pre-registration required
May 24, 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!  

read more
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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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
May 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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June 2018

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
June 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
June 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Good Natured Kids - Salamander Salute!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

How is a salamander like a frog? They are both amphibians! Let’s salute the salamander and learn all about this wet, wild and wonderful animal. Meet our live salamander then head out in to the woods in search of more “tigers”. A muddy craft and snack fit for a salamander will complete our morning. (Raindate: June 14)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
June 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Good Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 26, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Who is that knock knocking in the woods? Downy, Hairy, Pileated, what makes these birds so special? We’ll use our eyes and ears as we search for woodpeckers in the park and their signature mark on trees. Then enjoy a snack suitable for “pecky” eaters. (Raindate: June 28)

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July 2018

Nature Center Building is Closed.
July 4, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

The Nature Center Exploration Hall is closed. The park is open dawn to dusk. Restroom and water are available in the Pond Pavilion near the Nature Center.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
July 8, 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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Good Natured Kids: Flying Dragons
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
July 10, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Did you know that flying dragons exist? They do! We call them dragonflies and they hatch right out of the water. Gather around the pond as we learn all about the lifecycle of the dragonfly. Snack & craft fit for a dragon. (Raindate: July 12)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
July 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Good Natured Kids: Holey Moley
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
July 24, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Moles, worms, groundhogs, spiders, foxes and even owls find life is good when you are underground. Get the dirt on why these animals like to live underfoot when we go searching for their lairs. Dig up some good grub and leave class with your own underground detective funnel. (Raindate: July 26)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
July 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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August 2018

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
August 5, 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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Good Natured Kids: Nature's Helicopters
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 7, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Most birds can only fly forward. But hummingbirds can also fly backward, up, down, and sideways just like a helicopter! Join us as we learn more about the world’s smallest birds. Fuel up on a sweet snack and create your own hummingbird café for home.  (Raindate: August 9)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
August 12, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Good-Natured Kids: Butterfly, Flutterby
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
August 21, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Summer is coming to an end and butterflies are abundant. Search high and low for fluttery butterflies that rise and glide on the breeze. Learn what makes each unique and beautiful. Spend time in the butterfly garden looking for young caterpillars, taste a butterfly snack and nature willing, take home your own caterpillar to raise and release. (Raindate: August 23)

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All About Monarch Butterflies
 

Free
August 21, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

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

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All About Monarch Butterflies
August 21, 6:30 PM7:30 PM

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

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Monarch Butterfly Tagging in the Field
August 23, 4:00 PM5:00 PM

Be a part of research in action! Join naturalists and other citizens at Northern Hills Prairie to capture and tag monarch butterflies as they begin their yearly migration.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
August 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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September 2018

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
September 2, 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: Ladybugs are Great
 
$8
$6.50 members
pre-registration required
September 5, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Ladybugs are great! Along with a Quarry Hill Naturalist, explore the Quarry Hill pond and meadow in search of these spotted creatures. Craft, 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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Fall Festival
 
Activity tickets $1 each.
Free admission
September 8, 11:00 AM5:00 PM

Enjoy this annual event celebrating fall and all things uniquely Quarry Hill! Indoor activities include nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, & outdoor activities include cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating and more.
September 8 and 9 from 11 - 5pm. 

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Fall Festival
 
Activity tickets $1 each.
Free admission
September 9, 11:00 AM5:00 PM

Enjoy this annual event celebrating fall and all things uniquely Quarry Hill! Indoor activities include nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, & outdoor activities include cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing, pumpkin decorating and more.
September 8 and 9 from 11 - 5pm. 

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Nature Nuts: Hooray for Honeybees
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
September 15, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Honeybees are all the buzz these days – and for good reason.  We will spend the morning getting to know the honeybee and learning what these insects do for us!  ‘Bee’ ready to get nose to nose with these insects at our indoor hive display and don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth! Ages 2-5 with an adult.

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Critter Sunday: Fall Mushroom Hunt
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
September 16, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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

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Wild Child Dash 1K - Sold Out
September 21, 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Event is Sold Out.

Email quarryhill@qhnc.org to be put on a waiting list.

Join us on the Autumnal Equinox for a race to remember - all new course, same wild fun! Kids ages 12 and under will weave through the forest and meadow in a race to the finish line at our brand new Prairie House. Following the race, we'll host a campfire with s'mores for the whole family. A short hike back to the parking lot on a candlelit trail will end the evening. 

 

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
September 23, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Nature Sunday: Fossil Fortunes
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
September 30, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

"Rock on" during a guided trip to the fossil bed in our limestone quarry. 450 million year old sea creatures once inhabited the ocean that covered Quarry Hill Park. Finders, keepers!

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October 2018

Nature Toddlers: The Colors of Fall
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
October 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Summer is waning and the colors of Fall will soon be all around us. Red, yellow, orange and brown; enjoy a leaf walk and learn how trees are preparing for winter. Experience includes story, art and outdoor time

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Pond Globe Ecosystem
 
$35
$27/members
pre-registration required
October 6, 1:00 PM2:30 PM

Get an up close look at the microscopic world of a droplet of pond water and take home a self-contained and self-sustaining miniature world encased in glass for year round enjoyment.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
October 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: The Colors of Fall
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
October 10, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Summer is waning and the colors of Fall will soon be all around us. Red, yellow, orange and brown; enjoy a leaf walk and learn how trees are preparing for winter. Experience includes story, art and outdoor time

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
October 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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Creatures of the Night - Friday Sold Out, Saturday Tickets Available
 
$10/person
$8/members
pre-registration required
October 19, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

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

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Creatures of the Night
 
$10/person
$8/members
pre-registration required
October 20, 4:30 PM8:00 PM

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

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Critter Sunday: Totally Turtles
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
October 21, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest staff members! The animal residents at Quarry Hill are hardworking and with the help of a naturalist love to tell their story. Nine Minnesota species, but 13 scutes on each one; we are going "Totally Turtles" during this program all about these unique reptiles.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
October 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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November 2018

Nature Toddlers: Exploring with Senses
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
November 3, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Exploring the five senses is fun and important for kids to do! Toddlers are natural explorers, using all their senses to discover the world around them. Nature offers rich sensory experiences just right for budding naturalists. Nature themed story, art and outdoor adventure - all with a Quarry Hill Naturalist Guide.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
November 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.

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Nature Toddlers: Exploring with Senses
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
November 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Exploring the five senses is fun and important for kids to do. Toddlers are natural explorers, using all their senses to discover the world around them. Nature offers rich sensory experiences just right for budding naturalists. Nature themed story, art and outdoor adventure - all with a Quarry Hill Naturalist Guide.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
November 11, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Nature Nuts: Who's in the Cave? Spiders!
 
$8
$6.50 members
pre-registration required
November 17, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Get ready for an adventure!  We will trek to Quarry Hill’s historic cave in search of eight legged critters!  Learn about what makes spiders unique and see their amazing webbed homes! Strollers are welcome on the walk to the cave. Quarry Hill will provide flashlights.

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Critter Sunday: Goodness Snakes
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
November 18, 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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Building is closed.
November 22, 12:00 AM12:00 AM

The Nature Center building is closed for Thanksgiving Day. The park is open dawn to dusk.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
November 25, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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December 2018

Nature Art Show and Sale
 
free admission

December 1, 9:00 AM4:00 PM

You’ll see pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, woodworking and more. Admission is free and ten percent of all sales are donated to the Friends of Quarry Hill in support of nature education programs.

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Nature Toddlers: Nuts About Squirrels
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
December 1, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

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

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Nature Art Show and Sale
 
free admission

December 2, 11:00 AM4:00 PM

You’ll see pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, woodworking and more. Admission is free and ten percent of all sales are donated to the Friends of Quarry Hill in support of nature education programs.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
December 2, 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: Nuts About Squirrels
 
$8
$6.50/member
pre-registration required
December 5, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

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

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
December 9, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Nature Nuts: Nighttime Visitors
 
$8 per pair
$6.50/members
December 15, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Who calls the park home after the sun goes down? Learn about the nocturnal animals of Quarry Hill. What signs can you see that they have been awake?

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Critter Sunday: Going Batty over Bats
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
December 16, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

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

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
December 23, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Quarry Hill Park was formerly the grounds of the Rochester State Hospital. Learn about some of the Park's historic structures before a short hike to tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Bird Banding Demonstration
 

Free
December 26, 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!

 

 

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Cave Tour and MN Bats Program
December 27, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Join us to bust the myths about an often misunderstood and feared mammal, Bats! Dress warmly to walk for 15 minutes outside to the historic hand-carved sandstone cave where a few bats make their winter home. Tour is one hour.

 

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Cave Tour and MN Bats Program
December 27, 2:30 PM3:30 PM

Join us to bust the myths about an often misunderstood and feared mammal, Bats! Dress warmly to walk for 15 minutes outside to the historic hand-carved sandstone cave where a few bats make their winter home. Tour is one hour.

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Fireside Stories & Cider
 

Free
December 28, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

A 10 minute walk on a snow packed path will bring you to our new Prairie House. Gather around the wood stove for stories, paper cutting, and warm cider.

 

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Nature Sunday: Winter Walk
 

Free
December 30, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Take a guided walk in the sparkling white landscape in search of signs of those critters that share this winter wonderland.

 

 

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Quinzee (Snow Hut) Building
 

Free
December 31, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Bring snow gear, wear boots, and bring a small shovel if you have one.
No Snow? We'll substitute with "Life Under the Ice: a look at microscopic pond life called plankton"

 

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New Year's Eve in Nature - an event for Friends Members
 

free for members
pre-registration required
December 31, 6:30 PM8:30 PM

It's been a big year at Quarry Hill and we want to celebrate with our Friends Members who helped make 2018 a year to remember! Join us at the Prairie House and be immersed nature. 

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January 2019

February 2019

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

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

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