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January 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 2, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 9, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Good Natured Kids - Frosty Frolic
 
$18
$15 members
pre-registration required
January 11, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

In the snow and on the ice get ready to frolic as we explore winter's frosty grip! We will investigate ice on the pond and the life underneath it, play a traditional game of snow snakes and use inspiration from nature to make icy sun catchers.       

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Good Natured Kids - Frosty Frolic
 
$18
$15 members
pre-registration required
January 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

In the snow and on the ice get ready to frolic as we explore winter's frosty grip! We will investigate ice on the pond and the life underneath it, play a traditional game of snow snakes and use inspiration from nature to make icy sun catchers.       

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Friday Night Lights
January 14, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 16, 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 23, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
Friday Night Lights
January 28, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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February 2022

Beyond the Book: Owl Moon, 6:00 pm
February 4, 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Our Beyond the Book adventures continue with the children's classic Owl Moon.

Come to the Prairie House for a fireside reading of Owl Moon followed by a live owl encounter and a 30 minute hike with a Quarry Hill naturalist. 

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Beyond the Book: Owl Moon, 7:00 pm
February 4, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Our Beyond the Book adventures continue with the children's classic Owl Moon.

Come to the Prairie House for a fireside reading of Owl Moon followed by a live owl encounter and a 30 minute hike with a Quarry Hill naturalist. 

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

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Good Natured Kids - Hoot, Hoot Little Owl
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 8, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Feathered socks, a hooked beak and gigantic eyes – oh my! Get up close with one of Quarry Hill’s little owls to learn all about their special features. Then head outdoors to look for owl nests and try your skills at owl calling. Back indoors, we will dissect owl pellets. It’s sure to be a HOOT!

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Good Natured Kids - Hoot, Hoot Little Owl
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Feathered socks, a hooked beak and gigantic eyes – oh my! Get up close with one of Quarry Hill’s little owls to learn all about their special features. Then head outdoors to look for owl nests and try your skills at owl calling. Back indoors, we will dissect owl pellets. It’s sure to be a HOOT!

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Friday Night Lights
February 11, 5:30 PM8:00 PM

Star light, star bright, hike along by candlelight! Embrace Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape with an evening of hiking by candlelight. Follow luminaries along a groomed trail to the Prairie House to warm by a bonfire and enjoy the outdoor hot cocoa bar. Luminaries will also light your return path through the prairie as you conclude your adventure.

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Valentine Hike by Candlelight
February 12, 6:00 PM8:30 PM

Bring your sweetheart or come with friends for a candlelit evening in nature. 

Follow the romantic glow of a candlelit trail to the Prairie House. There you can warm up by a bonfire and enjoy your selection from the hot cocoa bar, with or without spirits. Luminaries will light your return path. Don't forget to stop at the photo tree adorned with candles for a selfie with your special someone.

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It's Snow Crazy
February 13, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of snow games and experience snow like you never have before!

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Critter Sunday: Animals in Winter
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 20, 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
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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March 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Good Natured Kids - Oh Deer!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
March 8, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Tracks, trails and scat – we’re headed out in search of deer in the Quarry Hill woods and field. Get ready for hide and seek and finders keepers as we join in antler games! Oh deer, mister buck dropped his antler, can we find it? Hightail it to Quarry Hill to discover all about this treasured and secretive mammal.

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Good Natured Kids - Oh Deer!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
March 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Tracks, trails and scat – we’re headed out in search of deer in the Quarry Hill woods and field. Get ready for hide and seek and finders keepers as we join in antler games! Oh deer, mister buck dropped his antler, can we find it? Hightail it to Quarry Hill to discover all about this treasured and secretive mammal.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 13, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Painting in the Prairie
March 17, 6:00 PM8:30 PM

Celebrate the return of spring and all things green while Painting in the Prairie!
We welcome painters of all skill levels to enjoy a glass of hard cider in the beautiful
setting of the Prairie House while unlocking your creative side!
Follow and paint along with Brooke Hilger, naturalist and artist, as she guides you with step by step
instruction on a spring themed canvas painting.

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Rock Painting inspired by Spring!
March 19, 1:00 PM2:00 PM

Come to Quarry Hill Nature Center for some quality time rock painting together!
Choose your rocks, then paint along step by step with artist and Quarry Hill naturalist, Brooke Hilger. Each participant will paint their own rock. We welcome painters of all skill levels. All materials are provided.

You are sure to leave this class with a spring themed work of art that truly rocks! 

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Critter Sunday: Creepy Crawlies
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 20, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Some crawl, some fly, hairy legs, googly eyes…what Creepy Crawlies are lurking about the Nature Center?

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
March 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 28-29
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 28, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 28-29
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 29, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 30 - 31
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 30, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 30 - 31
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 30, 1:00 PM3:30 PM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 30 - 31
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 31, 9:00 AM11:30 AM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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Spring Break Nature Camp Gr. K-5, Mar 30 - 31
 
$65/$55
$60/$50 members
pre-registration required
March 31, 1:00 PM3:30 PM

No homework required during this two-day mini camp for grades K-5. 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, investigators, photographers - read on to see which camp is designed especially for your age group.

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April 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more
Good Natured Kids - Wonderful Worms
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
April 12, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

They’re sticky and they’re slimy, wiggly and tiny, they’re all together grimy it’s the worm family! Get ready to dig into the wonderful world of worms as we explore one of nature’s most down to earth creatures. Learn about their amazing recycling powers and streamlined design that make them the best creature for the job!

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Good Natured Kids - Wonderful Worms
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
April 13, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

They’re sticky and they’re slimy, wiggly and tiny, they’re all together grimy it’s the worm family! Get ready to dig into the wonderful world of worms as we explore one of nature’s most down to earth creatures. Learn about their amazing recycling powers and streamlined design that make them the best creature for the job!

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Critter Sunday: Frogs & Toads
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 17, 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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Earth Day Family Program: A Visit from a Peregrine Falcon
April 21, 5:30 PM6:30 PM

Join us for an Earth Day celebration and meet one of nature’s most incredible birds – the Peregrine Falcon.

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The Story of the Peregrine Falcon
April 21, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day with an environmental success story - the Peregrine Falcon. 

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Native Plant Sale
April 22, 3:30 PM5:30 PM

Pre-sale only, pick up on April 22 & 23. 

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. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  

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Native Plant Sale
April 23, 8:30 AM10:30 AM

Pre-sale only, pick up on April 22 & 23. 

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. Native plants attract beautiful butterflies, beneficial insects & birds.  

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Beyond the Book: Under one Rock
April 23, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Have you ever peeked under a rock? A whole community of creatures live there! Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for a reading of the children’s book Under One Rock. Then head out to the woods with your guide where we will look for worms, bug, slugs and other ugs and learn the secret art of worm mustarding!

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Kids Sustainable Art Fair with Mayo GLOW STEM
 
Free

April 24, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Join members of the GLOW STEM committee for fun, educational recycling crafts, activities, and games! Just in time for earth day, learn how a pop bottle or a cardboard box can become a work of art or a functional tool after its initial during the GLOW STEM committee’s inaugural “Sustainability and Me” Sustainability Fair!

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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May 2022

Sundays at Quarry Hill: Animal Survival Game
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 1, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure. Animals have special adaptations that help them survive, but competition in the wild can be fierce!

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Good Natured Kids - Peeps & leaps, it's time for spring!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
May 10, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Frogs and toads are starting their spring songs! Come meet some of our live frogs & toads as we learn all about their spring songs and lifecycle. Then we will grab nets and head out to the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Good Natured Kids - Peeps & leaps, it's time for spring!
 
$18
$15/members
pre-registration required
May 11, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Frogs and toads are starting their spring songs! Come meet some of our live frogs & toads as we learn all about their spring songs and lifecycle. Then we will grab nets and head out to the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 15, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

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Historical Hike of Quarry Hill Park
May 19, 6:00 PM8:00 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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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882. 

read more

June 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Good Natured Kids: Salamander Salute
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 7, 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. 

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Good Natured Kids: Salamander Salute
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 8, 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. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 12, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

read more
Good Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 14, 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 enjoy a snack suitable for “pecky” eaters.

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Good Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 15, 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 enjoy a snack suitable for “pecky” eaters.

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Beyond the Book - Growing Frogs
June 17, 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for a reading of the children’s book Growing Frogs. Then head around the pond and to the quarry looking for tadpoles and listening to frogs, as we enjoy a summer night with peepers and leapers.

 

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Beyond the Book - Growing Frogs
June 17, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for an evening with family, friends, and frogs! The evening begins with a reading of the children’s book Growing Frogs. Then head around the pond and to the quarry looking for tadpoles and listening to frogs, as we enjoy a summer night with peepers and leapers.

 

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Bird Watch Bonanza!
 
$40
$35/members
pre-registration required
June 23, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Flap, fly, and soar your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re calling all adventurers, ages 4 -7, and their adult sidekick to flock together for this flying wild birding experience. On this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you birding basics like how to use binoculars (that you get to keep!), introduce you to a live raptor and lead you in discovering the wonderful world of birds.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
June 26, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

read more
Good Natured Kids: Flying Dragons
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 28, 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 to learn all about the lifecycle of the dragonfly.
Snack & craft fit for a dragon.

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Good Natured Kids: Flying Dragons
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
June 29, 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 to learn all about the lifecycle of the dragonfly.
Snack & craft fit for a dragon.

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July 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 10, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

read more
Good Natured Kids: Holey Moley
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
July 12, 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 make your own underground detective funnel.

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Good Natured Kids: Holey Moley
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
July 13, 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 make your own underground detective funnel.

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Run Wild 5K and Wild Child Dash 1K
July 16, 8:30 AM10:30 AM

Join us on the trails for a mid-summer's morning trail run or hike! 
Proceeds benefit the Quarry Hill Scholarship Fund.

Register Here.

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Bird Watch Bonanza!
 
$40
$35/members
pre-registration required
July 21, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Flap, fly, and soar your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re calling all adventurers, ages 4 -7, and their adult sidekick to flock together for this flying wild birding experience. On this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you birding basics like how to use binoculars (that you get to keep!), introduce you to a live raptor and lead you in discovering the wonderful world of birds.

read more
Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
July 24, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

read more
Good Natured Kids - Nature's Detectives
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
July 26, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Put on your detective hat and i-spy eyes to track down who is out an about in Quarry Hill Park. Who chewed on this tree, spit on this leaf, left their tracks and scat or dug this hole? Get ready to wonder as we try to piece together the clues nature leaves us!

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Good Natured Kids - Nature's Detectives
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
July 27, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Put on your detective hat and i-spy eyes to track down who is out an about in Quarry Hill Park. Who chewed on this tree, spit on this leaf, left their tracks and scat or dug this hole? Get ready to wonder as we try to piece together the clues nature leaves us!

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August 2022

Bird Watch Bonanza!
 
$40
$35/members
pre-registration required
August 4, 9:00 AM10:30 AM

Flap, fly, and soar your way up to the Oak Savanna with a Quarry Hill naturalist! We’re calling all adventurers, ages 4 -7, and their adult sidekick to flock together for this flying wild birding experience. On this 90 minute adventure, naturalists will teach you birding basics like how to use binoculars (that you get to keep!), introduce you to a live raptor and lead you in discovering the wonderful world of birds.

read more
Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

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Good Natured Kids: Butterfly Flutterby
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
August 9, 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.

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Good Natured Kids: Butterfly Flutterby
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
August 10, 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.

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 14, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Good Natured Kids - Nature's Helicopter
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
August 23, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Most birds can only fly forward, however 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.  

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Good Natured Kids - Nature's Helicopter
 
$18/pair
$15/members
pre-registration required
August 24, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Most birds can only fly forward, however 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.  

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
August 28, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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September 2022

Nature's Bounty: Simple and Easy Herbal Teas
September 1, 5:30 PM7:30 PM

Hike with a naturalist to learn how to identify and use local plants in a variety of health boosting teas you can make at home. Participants will learn the basics of plant identification and harvest a variety of herbs as they learn about the health benefits and ecology of each.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 4, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, handle and release wild birds! The data gathered from these birds will be submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory. Enrollment is limited.

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Critter Sunday: American Kestrel
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 18, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body. It's one of the most colorful of all raptors: Kestrels are declining in our area and conservationists are leading an effort to provide nesting boxes to attract mating pairs. Join a naturalist to learn about this effort and meet our captive American Kestrel up close. 

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Nature's Bounty Series: Fall Mushroom Foray
September 24, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Mushroom hunting is a wonderful way to get outdoors, exercise, and learn. This class is intended as a general introduction for beginning mushroom hunters and is not a comprehensive training. We will spend a portion of the class learning the basics of mushrooms using real-life examples of common and safe edible fall mushrooms. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
September 25, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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October 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 2, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, 

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Beyond the Book - Yellow Time
October 8, 9:30 AM10:30 AM

Enjoy a colorful morning with family & friends!

Join a naturalist for a reading of the children’s book Yellow Time. Then head to the trees for a guided hike where we will look at fall’s beautiful colors and collect our favorite fallen shapes. Return to 

 

 

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Nature's Bounty: Herbal Salve Making
October 9, 1:00 PM3:00 PM

Insect bites, scrapes and other boo boo's, herbal salve is a natural healer. Join Sammie to learn what common plants are right at our fee that can be gathered and made into healing herbal salve. Participants will hike through the park in order to learn about and collect 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 9, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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An Evening with Night Owls - Owl Banding Program
 
$20
$15/members
pre-registration required
October 14, 8:30 PM10:30 PM

Meet the smallest owls in North America and learn how  banding  migrating birds helps with conservation research. Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. The staff at Quarry Hill is among a small group of researchers trying to capture and band these birds in the eastern US in an effort to better understand their migration.

 

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Critter Sunday: Totally Turtles
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 16, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Nine Minnesota species and 13 scutes on every one; we are going "Totally Turtles" during this program all about these unique reptiles. 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 23, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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An Evening with Night Owls - Owl Banding Program
 
$20
$15/members
pre-registration required
October 28, 8:30 PM10:30 PM

Meet the smallest owls in North America and learn how  banding  migrating birds helps with conservation research. Every autumn a small north woods owl called the Saw-whet migrates south in a silent and secretive wave. The staff at Quarry Hill is among a small group of researchers trying to capture and band these birds in the eastern US in an effort to better understand their migration.

 

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Sundays at Quarry Hill: Animal Survival Game
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
October 30, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

The game is afoot!  All ages will enjoy this family friendly survival game adventure. Animals have special adaptations that help them survive, but competition in the wild can be fierce!

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November 2022

Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 6, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, 

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Nature's Bounty Series: Handcrafted Soap - Hot Process Soap Making for Beginners
November 10, 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Join us for a modern take on hot process soap making using a crockpot!

Hot Process Soap Making for Beginners Lye soap making was an annual fall tradition in pioneer America. Resourceful pioneers made soap from wood ash and waste fats from autumn preparations for winter meat stores. The annual rite carried on well into the 20th century. The soap recipe was simple-mix lye with melted fat over a low fire and slowly cook the combination until the water evaporates. Fast forward

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 13, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Critter Sunday: Goodness Snakes
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 20, 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 

 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
November 27, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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December 2022

Nature's Bounty Series: Wreath Making
December 2, 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Using an assortment of evergreens from native MN conifers, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season.

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Nature's Bounty Series: Wreath Making
December 3, 2:30 PM4:30 PM

Using an assortment of evergreens from native MN conifers, participants will learn to build a beautiful wreath that will last throughout the season.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 4, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Flock to Quarry Hill and experience birds up-close while taking part in the Nature Center's bird banding program. Learn why birds are banded and how bird banding helps with conservation. Then get up-close when you learn how to safely trap, 

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Cave Tour and History Hike
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 11, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Step back in time when you step into the Quarry Hill Cave! Quarry Hill Park was once part of the Rochester State Hospital grounds and there remains some interesting historic features from a century of agriculture, quarry operations and more. Learn about some of these historic features and tour the sandstone storage cave, carved in 1882.

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Critter Sunday: Going Batty over Bats
 
$4
Free for members
pre-registration required
December 18, 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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Beyond the Book: The Animals' Santa
December 22, 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Enjoy a festive evening with family & friends. Join a naturalist at Quarry Hill for a reading of the children’s book The Animals’ Santa. Create a gift for

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Beyond the Book: The Animals' Santa
December 22, 7:00 PM8:00 PM

Enjoy a festive evening with family & friends. Join a naturalist at Quarry Hill for a reading of the children’s book The Animals’ Santa. Create a gift for

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