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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!

 

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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).

 

 

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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?

 

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Nature Nuts: Catch the Wind - Cancelled
 
$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.  

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

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Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days - Cancelled
 
$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.

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April 2020

Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days - Cancelled
 
$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.

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Spring Break Days Nature Camp - 3 days - Cancelled
 
$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.

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Nature Toddlers: Robins and Rainy Days - Cancelled
 
$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.

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Bird Banding Program - Cancelled
 
$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.

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Nature Toddlers: Robins and Rainy Days - cancelled
 
$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.

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Cave Tour and History Hike - cancelled
 
$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
Nature Nuts: Life in a Log - cancelled
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
April 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Who do you think would like to live in a log? What could a Log be used for? Kids 2-5 will enjoy making a log collage, and acting out our story. We will also spend time adventuring outside to investigate the life in our logs here in the park. 

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Earth Week Celebration
April 19, 12:00 PM1:00 PM

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Follow us on social media to be a local part of the  world's largest environmental movement. We will give you tips & tutorials on what you can do to make every day Earth Day!

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Critter Sunday: Frogs and Toads - cancelled
 
$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.

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Cave Tour and History Hike - cancelled
 
$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.

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May 2020

Native Plant Sale
 

PRE-SALE ONLY
May 1, 2:30 PM5:30 PM

Pre-sale only, curbside pick up on May 1 or 2. Click read more for details.

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.  

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Spring Foraging - cancelled
 
$30
$24/member
pre-registration required
May 2, 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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Native Plant Sale
 

PRE-SALE ONLY
May 2, 9:30 AM12:30 PM

Pre-sale only, curbside pick up on May 1 or 2. Click read more for details.

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.  

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery - cancelled
 
$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.

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Bird Sunday Program - On the Bluebird Trail
 
Posted on FB & YouTube
Free
May 3, 1:30 PM1:30 PM

Bird Sunday at Quarry Hill will look a bit different for awhile, but we are not feeling blue at all! Spring has sprung and we have the 'nest best' thing in store for you - fly through weeks of observation of our bluebird nests with our naturalist, Carrie, in just a few minutes. It's a sneak-beak you wouldn't normally experience. 
 

 

 

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery - Cancelled
 
$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.

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Beyond the Book at Home: Under One Rock - video
 

Posted on You Tube
May 6, 6:30 PM6:50 PM

We can't be together just yet, but this series is too good to keep on hold! Join naturalist, Jenna, for a reading of the children’s classic Under One Rock, and then our staff will take you out into their yards to discover worms, bugs, slugs and other ughs. We'll post to our YouTube channel where you can view at your leisure!
 

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Call of the Wild - Frog Style - Cancelled
 
$6
$5/members
pre-registration required
May 8, 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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Cave Tour and History Hike - Virtual
 
Free
Posted on FB & YouTube
May 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

If you've never been to the Quarry Hill Cave or you want a new perspective, now is your chance! Space is usually limited on our cave tours, but pull up a chair for the whole family to see a bit of the hidden history in Quarry Hill park on our You Tube Channel. 

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Nature Nuts: Peapin' Leapers - Cancelled
 
$10
$8/members
pre-registration required
May 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Life around the pond is busy this time of year with frogs and toads leaping and peeping their way into summer. What makes frogs and toads different. Kids ages 2-5 will will learn this through live animal interacting, a Frog and Toad themed story and craft. We may even catch one on our hike around the pond! 

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Critter Sunday: Turtles - Virtual
 
Free
Posted to FB & YouTube
May 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Turtles can be seen sunning on our pond and in the various waterways around our city. Our doors might be closed now, but you can still join Mr. Kirk for a check in with our resident turtles.  

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Hidden History of Quarry Hill - Virtual
 
Free
Posted on FB & You Tube
May 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

There's a lot of hidden history in the Quarry Hill Park. Follow along with Travis as he visits some of the sites around the park that reveal the rich human history of what was formerly the Rochester State Hospital grounds. 

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June 2020

Bird Banding Program - On the Bluebird Trail - Part 2 - Virtual
 
Free
Posted to FB & You Tube
June 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Bird Sunday at Quarry Hill will look a bit different for awhile, but we are not feeling blue at all! Spring has sprung and we have the 'nest best' thing in store for you - fly through weeks of observation of our bluebird nests with our naturalist, Carrie, in just a few minutes. It's a sneak-beak you wouldn't normally experience. 
 

 

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Good Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker - Cancelled
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 23, 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 25)

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July 2020

Good Natured Kids: Holey Moley - Cancelled
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
July 21, 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 23)

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August 2020

Good Natured Kids: Butterfly Flutterby
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 4, 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 6)

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Good Natured Kids: Flying Dragons
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 11, 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: August 13)

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Good Natured Kids - Salamander Salute!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 18, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Salute the salamander and learn all about this wet, wild and wonderful animal. Meet our live salamander and head into the woods in search of more “tigers”. A muddy craft and snack fit for a salamander will complete our adventure. (Raindate: Aug. 20)

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Good Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 25, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Who is that knock knocking in the woods? Downy, Hairy, Pileated, what makes these birds so special? Use your eyes and ears as we search for woodpeckers in the park and their signature mark on trees. Then take home a snack suitable for “pecky” eaters. (Raindate: August 27)

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