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January 2017

Introduction to Snowshoeing
 
$17
$13/members
pre-registration required
January 7, 8:30 AM10:00 AM

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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Nature Toddlers: Snow White, Snow Bright
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Frosty snowflakes whirl and twirl through the air to cover the earth in a blanket of white. Join a naturalist for some Frosty Fun! Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
January 8, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Nature Toddlers: Snow White, Snow Bright
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Frosty snowflakes whirl and twirl through the air to cover the earth in a blanket of white. Join a naturalist for some Frosty Fun! Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
January 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: Wonderful Wintertime
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 21, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Frosty snowflakes whirl and twirl through the air to cover the earth in a blanket of white. Do you know what snow is made of? Find out during this winter wonderland experience.  Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-5 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Critter Sunday: Animals Surviving Winter
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 22, 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 Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
January 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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February 2017

Ski by Candlelight - a Rochester WinterFest XV Event
 
$10/person

February 3, 6:00 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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Nature Toddlers: Cardinals & the Color Red
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Look at me!, shouts the beautiful red of a male cardinal. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about this showy bird and it's bright color. Story, art and an outdoor bird hike await you and your 2-3 year old! Pre-registration requested.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
February 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Nature Toddlers: Cardinals & the Color Red
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Look at me!, shouts the beautiful red of a male cardinal. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about this beautiful bird and it's bright color. Story, art and an outdoor bird hike await you and your 2-3 year old!

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Valentine's Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe
 
$20/person
$15/members
pre-registration required
February 11, 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. Champagne and sweets will be served by a crackling fire. Equipment is provided by Quarry Hill. Alternate activities will be provided in the case of poor snow/trail conditions.

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It's Snow Crazy! - a Rochester Winterfest XV Event
February 12, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before! Bring your mittens, for a game of snow bowling. Then we are making snow candy, because we all love to eat snow. Just think how good it will be turned into candy. Finally it is time to snow create! You can color it, shape it, or adorn it for the birds - whatever you are in the mood for.

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Nature Kids: Track Time
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
February 16, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

Two feet, four feet - small feet, big feet.  We all make tracks in the snow! Bring your valentine, don some snowshoes,  and make some 'lovely' tracks of your own as you search for animal tracks. Warm up back inside while making a special valentine craft.

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Nature Nuts: Awesome Owls
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Great, screech, bard and snowy - owls are awesome! Meet our resident saw-whet owl, create your own 'owl pellet' and learn a few owl calls during this hoot of a class for 2-5 year olds and a grown up.

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Beekeeping for Beginners
 
$30
$25/members
pre-registration required
February 18, 1:00 PM5:00 PM

This class, specifically for beginners, will cover introduction to bees and beekeeping, equipment, disease and pest management, planting for honeybees, early management and how to produce a honey crop and where to purchase bees and equipment.

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Critter Sunday: Owls
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
February 19, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Rescued and unable to live in the wild, our Saw-whet owl will tell you all about herself and why she 'gives a hoot' about living at Quarry Hill. She may even share a bit about other owls in her owl community.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
February 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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March 2017

Nature Toddlers: Fishy Fish
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 4, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Fins, scales and fish tales. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about these underwater creatures through story, art, a walk to the frozen pond and a chance to feed the fish in the Quarry Hill aquarium. Advance registration requested.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
March 5, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds.

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Nature Toddlers: Fishy Fish
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 8, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Fins, scales and fish tales. Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn about these underwater creatures through story, art, a walk to the frozen pond and a chance to feed the fish in the Quarry Hill aquarium. Advance registration requested.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
March 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 Kids: Sticky Sweet Maple Treats
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
March 16, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

Bring your sweet tooth and discover the natural sugars of MN maple trees. Learn how maple syrup is harvested and made and then head outside to take part in the process first hand. We'll do a fun maple craft back at the nature center. And what day would be complete without sampling nature's sweet treats!

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Nature Nuts: How Egg-citing
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 18, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Turtles, dinosaurs, snakes and Ostrich - so many animals lay eggs and no two are the same! Compare eggs and create your own egg during this 'egg-citing' experience. Story, art and an outdoor hike await you and your 2-5 year old! Advance registration requested.

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Critter Sunday: Goodness Snakes
 
$8
Free for members
March 19, 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 a naturalist introduces you to a variety of snakes and their scaly goodness.

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Maple Syrup in your Backyard
 
$5
$4/members
pre-registration required
March 25, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Learn how to produce syrup from even a single maple or box elder tree. We'll cover the basic equipment and techniques required to collect and process sap.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
free for members
pre-registration required
March 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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April 2017

May 2017

Nature Kids: Peeps and leapsâ?¦ it's time for spring!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 11, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

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 binoculars and hike out by the pond in search of these peeping leapers!

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Nature Kids: Pee-wee Paleontologist
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 25, 3:30 PM5:00 PM

Calling all junior paleontologists!  Come with us as we hunt for fossils in the rock quarry.  We'll learn all about what animals used to live in our ancient shallow seas.  It's finders keepers on this adventure, so be ready to take home a treasure!  Be ready to hike a mile on uneven terrain.

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