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We are pleased to offer classes especially for home school families.These environmental education classes focus on interactive, hands-on learning and correlate to MN Science Standards. Each class includes indoor and outdoor experiences and access to our public Exploration Hall before and after class.

Quarry Hill's environmental education classes focus on interactive hands-on learning and correlate to MN Science Standards.

  • Classes range from 1½ - 2 hours in length.
  • Classes often include a significant amount of time outside. Please dress for the weather.
  • Classes are $4.00 per student for each visit.
  • Advanced registration and payment is required. 
  • Parents do NOT need to stay. (except for Cave & History Hike)

How to Register:
Stop by the nature center M – F from 9:00 – 5:00 or call 328-3950. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone.
Print registration form and mail with check made payable to Quarry Hill Nature Center to:

Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Class Offerings: 

Examining Life 
November 6, 2018, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Ages 5-7
Students observe, measure & draw small living animals. Brief puppet shows will help students understand animal life cycles through the seasons. Students will then spend time in the newly renovated Exploration Hall matching animal babies to their animal parents!

Fee = $4.00

Habitats and Biomes 
November 6, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-10
Explore how a scientist defines a habitat versus a biome. Learn about Minnesota's biomes and how each is unique. Then head outside on a hike to the pond, prairie, and forest to investigate what animals use these areas as a part of their habitat. Students will also play a matching 'Find the Habitat' game (indoors).
Fee = $4.00

Lets ‘Bee’ Nosey
May 1, 2019, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Ages 5-7
Students will compare their five senses with the senses of honey bees. Students also learn how honey is made, help extract honey from comb, and taste honey. Finally student head outdoors to look for all the things bees need to survive.
Fee = $4.00

Life Cycles of Trees
May 1, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-10
Students will enjoy an introduction to the parts and lives of trees before hiking to find examples of trees at various stages of life. Observation and dichotomous keys will be used to identify tree leaves and seeds.
Fee = $4.00

Track that Trash
November 6, 2018, 1:00-3:00 pm
Ages 11-14
Visit the Olmsted County Waste-to-Energy plant and Recycling Center. Students will tour both facilities and also spend time at 12 waste-related learning stations.
There is no fee for this offering. Class fees are covered by Olmsted County.

May 1, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 11-14 Join Quarry Hill staff to learn about this modern-day game of hide and seek using GPS units and GPS coordinates for clues. Most geo-caches are hidden off the trail. Please come prepared for a little bit of ‘bush whacking’ such as walking through tall grasses or shrubs.
Fee = $4.00 

Cave and History Hike 
April 22 or May 16, 2019, 1:00-2:30
Ages 5yr and older with parent
What people once lived here…how did they use the land…and what clues did they leave behind? From cave, to cemetery, to quarry operations – the history is rich and intriguing! We will cover about a mile and a half of up and down terrain to learn more about these clues. Participants should wear good walking shoes. The trails are not stroller friendly.
Fee = $4.00 /person (Family max of $20.00)