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


We are passionate about inspiring nature lovers of all ages and educating scientists, conservationists and nature advocates for the next generation. Our 'good-natured' Friends members are at the heart of why we can provide quality programs, nature activities and free year-round access to all ages.

Since 1985, the Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center have welcomed and relied upon countless supporters who value nature education. Supporters, like you, help fulfill our mission of "Opening eyes and minds through natural science discovery."

We strive to ensure that your membership at Quarry Hill Nature Center helps you get outside and enjoy nature – in many different ways. With a donation of $60 or more, you will receive Friends' membership benefits for the calendar year (January - December). Donations are fully tax deductible.

To become a Friend of Quarry Hill Nature Center, click the donate button above or complete the member form and mail it to the Nature Center along with your donation.

Member benefits include:

  • Free admission to Sundays at Quarry Hill programs. Weekly at 1:30 p.m.
  • Priority enrollment and discounts for summer nature camp.
  • A significant discount on birthday parties for children 4+.
  • Discounted fees on naturalist programs and events extended to all members of the immediate household.
  • Ski and snowshoe rental at reduced rates
  • Subscription to "Field Notes" - Quarry Hill's quarterly newsletter

You are supporting:

Nature Center & Exploration Hall

Open seven days a week, year round, you are supporting an admission free nature center. The exploration hall at Quarry Hill nature center is known and loved for its hands-on, relaxed approach to discovery. Although staffed by friendly naturalists and dedicated volunteers, the live animals are truly the ‘stars’ of our indoor center. Featuring native MN turtles, snakes, fish, and more, the animals provide ever changing and exciting encounters for visitors of all ages.

A Premier Outdoor Community Resource

Quarry Hill Park is a historic and natural treasure at the heart of the community. Designated as a Park and Trail of Regional Significance by the State of Minnesota, hiking trails, biking trails, a pond, restored oak savanna, limestone fossil quarry and historical sandstone caves shape the parks 329 acres. The Friends of Quarry Hill partner with Rochester Park and Recreation to support, enhance and maintain the natural beauty and historic structures in the park.

Innovative Hands-on Science and Nature Programs

Staffed by licensed science teachers and naturalists, our programs are based on cutting edge education trends and grounded in hands-on discovery. We believe that hands-on, inquiry based activities develop critical thinking, exploration and investigative skills, as well as respect for the natural world. Programs are accessible to all ages and include school-based, private groups and programs for the general public.