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2017-18 Offerings

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.

Details:

  • Contact the Quarry Hill office M-F between 9 am and 5 pm to register: 507-328-3950 or Print and mail the Registration Form  with payment.
  • Classes are offered for children ages 5-14, parents do not need to accompany students.
  • Classes often include a significant amount of time outside. Please dress for the weather
  •  Advance registration and payment is required.

Offerings:                                                                             

What is a Scientist?
October 11, 1:15 - 2:45 pm
Ages 5-7

Students will practice the science skills of observation, measurement and asking questions.  A puppet show, observation hike and tree measurement activities will be included.  
Fee = $4.00

Aquatic Food Webs
October 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 8-10
                  
Students will use physical and chemical tests, as well as biological indicators, to determine if the Quarry Hill pond is a “healthy”. Students will learn about the connections of life (food chains and food webs) within the pond environment as they participate in an activity that illustrates the concepts of producer, consumer, omnivore, carnivore, & herbivore.
Fee = $4.00


Soil Sleuths
February 9, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ages 5-7

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.    
Fee = $4.00

Plankton Classification
February 9, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ages 8-10

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.
Fee = $4.00

Winter Survival
February 9, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ages 11-14

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.
Fee = $4.00


Maple Syruping
March 2, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Ages 8-10
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.
Fee = $4.00

Growing Up
April 18, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ages 5-7
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.
Fee = $4.00

Energy Conservation
April 18, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Ages 11-14

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.
Fee = $4.00