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January 2016

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 3, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the chickadee.

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Nature Toddlers: Birds at the Feeder
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 6, 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. Storytime and feeding the fish are also included in this class especially for 2-3 year old and their favorite grown-up.

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Who's in the cave...BATS!
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
January 9, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

Shhh! Someone is sleeping in the cave. Let's find out which bats are snoozing away the winter and learn about what makes these bats so special. Create a keepsake bat to take home with you.

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 10, 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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Learn to Snowshoe
 
$17
$13/member
pre-registration required
January 16, 8:30 AM10:00 AM

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Snowshoeing can be a great winter blues buster. Come learn a little snowshoe history and then strap on a pair for some guided practice.

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Nature Nuts: Birds at the Feeder
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
January 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Join us monthly throughout the school year for a nature adventure that nurtures that natural curiosity. Each month we explore a new nature-theme; class includes story, art and outdoor explorations.

Register for one class or the whole series!

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Critter Sunday: Going Batty over Bats
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
January 17, 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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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
January 24, 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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Learn to Cross-country Ski with the Pros
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
January 30, 9:00 AM10:15 AM

Have you wanted to try cross-country skiing but weren’t sure how to start? Learn to ski with experts from the Rochester Active Sports Club. Start indoors learning the basics then go outdoors and practice. 

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Learn to Cross-country Ski with the Pros
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
January 30, 10:30 AM11:45 AM

Have you wanted to try cross-country skiing but weren’t sure how to start? Learn to ski with experts from the Rochester Active Sports Club. Start indoors learning the basics then go outdoors and practice. 

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It's Snow Crazy! - a Rochester Winterfest XIV Event
January 31, 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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February 2016

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

February 5, 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: Deer in the Woods
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel . . . toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature-themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures.  

Register for one class or the whole series!

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Snowshoe Root River County Park
 
$20
$15/member
pre-registration required
February 6, 1:00 PM3:30 PM

Come embrace and enjoy winter with other adults at Root River County Park. We'll explore some of the park's lovely trails on snowshoes.Meet at Quarry Hill to get outfitted. Cost includes transportation aboard Quarry Hill's coach bus and the use of snowshoes. All adults are welcome regardless of experience. In the event of inadequate snow, a winter naturalist hike will replace the snowshoe hike.

Registration required - call 328-3950.

 

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
February 7, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Experience the beauty of birds up close as you try your hand at trapping, netting, banding and releasing birds. Learn a few facts about this month's feature bird, the Blue Jays.

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Nature Toddlers: Deer in the Woods
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 10, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel . . . toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature-themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures.  

Register for one class or the whole series!

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Valentine's Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe
 
$20
$15/member
pre-registration required
February 12, 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. Then warm up by the crackling fire where champagne and sweets will be served.

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Track Time with a Little Valentine
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
February 13, 10:30 AM12:00 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 signs. Warm up back inside while making a special valentine craft.
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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 14, 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: Deer in the Woods
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
February 20, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Join us monthly throughout the school year for a nature adventure that nurtures that natural curiosity. Each month we explore a new nature-theme; class includes story, art and outdoor explorations.

Register for one class or the whole series!

read more
Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
February 28, 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

March 2016

Nature Toddlers: T.rex Edition
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
March 9, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Step into the past on a dino-mite adventure through our life-sized dinosaur exhibit: T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth! during this special edition of our Nature Toddlers class. Enjoy touring the exhibit and wee-paleontologist activities led by a Quarry Hill naturalist.

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Kids Night with the Dinosaurs
 
$30
$24/members
pre-registration required
March 11, 5:00 PM8:30 PM

Step into the past on a paleontology adventure with Stan the T.rex and Big Al the Allosaurus. ‘Bone up’ on dino-facts, dig into pizza and snuggle with Stan during a showing of Night at the Museum. 


 

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 14, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 15, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages..

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 16, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 17, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 18, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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Drinks with Dinos: A Spring Bock Beer Celebration
March 18, 7:00 PM9:30 PM

Wander among 65 million year old fossils while you enjoy the first samples of this years Spring Bock Beer varieties. Join us for a special edition of our annual Spring Bock Beer tasting during our T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth exhibit. The evening features bock beer sampling stations throughout the nature center and entrance to the exhibit. Live music, light snacks, bonfire and socializing.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 19, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 20, 12:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 21, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 22, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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Totally Trex
 
$15
$12/member
pre-registration required
March 22, 3:30 PM5:00 PM
Join Stan the Tyrannosaurus and his cousin Big Al the Allosaurus at Quarry Hill to learn all about these big meat
eaters Get a chance to see the actual sized dinosaurs during our special exhibit.Then experience the work of a paleontologist.
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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 23, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 24, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 25, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 26, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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Volunteer Saturday
March 26, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 27, 12:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 28, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 29, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 30, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

March 31, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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April 2016

T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 1, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 2, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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Introduction to Falconry
 
$14
$11/member
pre-registration required
April 2, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Join licensed falconer Kirk Payne and Horus, an American kestrel, to learn about the ancient sport of falconry. Minnesota raptors will also be discussed as well as the basics of falconry.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 3, 12:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 4, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 5, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
Nature Toddlers: Robins & Rainy Days
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, and feel . . . toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature-themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures.  

Register for one class or the whole series!

read more
T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 6, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 7, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 8, 2:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T. rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 9, 9:00 AM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

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T.rex: Tiny Arms, Big Teeth Dinosaur Exhibit
 
$4/adults, $3/kids

April 10, 12:00 PM5:00 PM

This ‘bad to the bone’ exhibition of fossil skulls and skeletons features 40-foot tyrant lizard Stan, the T.rex, Allosaurus, and more. Come face to face with the impressive teeth of these carnivorous giants. The exhibit features hands-on and engaging interpretive elements for visitors of all ages.

read more
Nature Nuts: Robin and Rainy Days
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
April 16, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Children are born naturalists, constantly exploring the environment around them with all their senses. Join us monthly throughout the school year for a nature adventure that nurtures that natural curiosity. Each month we explore a new nature-theme; class includes story, art and outdoor explorations.

Register for one class or the whole series!

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Backyard Chicken Ranching
 
$22
$17/member
pre-registration required
April 16, 1:30 PM3:00 PM

Keeping up to three hens as backyard pets in Rochester is legal with a permit. A few hens make quiet, inexpensive, and entertaining environmental backyard pets. Learn the basics of keeping urban chickens in this class led by naturalist, Kirk Payne. Following a 'how-to' discussion, we'll board the Quarry Hill Critter Coach for a parade of local backyard chicken homes.

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Critter Sunday: Frogs and Toads
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
April 17, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Meet our wildest neighbors! The animal residents who live in Quarry Hill Park are amazing.

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Earth Day Extravaganza Open House
 

Free
April 22, 4:00 PM6:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day at Quarry Hill! Three activities to choose from, participate in one or all three: Animal Survival Game, Live Animal Programs, and Spring Park Clean Up.

 

 

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Native Plant Sale
April 23, 8:00 AM10:30 AM

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.  Starter plants in 2"x 2" pots are $4.00 each. 
Plant varieties will be dependent on growers availability, but may include:
Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Meadow Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, New England Aster, Little Bluestem, Wild Ginger, Lady Fern 

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Volunteer Saturday
April 23, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

This month's project is to join in the city-wide effort to clean up our city. Meet at the Nature Center where we will provide maps and bags, then head out on a hike to pick up garbage and help make Quarry Hill Park A Litter Bit Better!

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
April 24, 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 2016

Nature Sunday - Animal Survival Game
 
$2/adults, $1/kids
Free
May 1, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Test your knowledge on our Animal Survival Trail played on our life-size outdoor game board. Use your animal instincts to make the best choices. Can you (and your animal) ‘survive’ for ten days in the wild? Great for all ages. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 7, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, feel....toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature -themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures. Register for one class or the whole series.

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Morels and Moms
 
$62
$50/members
pre-registration required
May 8, 10:00 AM6:00 PM

Spend the morning sipping mushroom tea and eating bagels while learning all about fungi, what makes a mushroom a mushroom, and how to identify and find some of spring's most delicious wild offerings. We will then provide transportation to Whitewater State Park. Pack a bag lunch to be enjoyed there before heading out into the park, putting our new foraging skills to use. Following our foray into nature, we will regroup, show off our finds, and end with an unforgettable chef-prepared wild food dinner.

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
May 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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Building Closes at 1:30 pm
May 9, 1:30 PM1:30 PM

Due to construction, the building will be closed from 1:30 pm on.

Re-opening on May 10 at 9:00 am.

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Nature Toddlers: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Observe, listen, feel....toddlers are natural explorers. Join in monthly nature -themed classes that include story, art and outdoor adventures. Register for one class or the whole series.

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Weed Warriors
 

Free
May 14, 9:00 AM12:00 PM

Join us in the fight to take back our parks and our woodlands. Invasive species like garlic mustard and buck thorn and threatening to choke out native plants and wildflowers. The animal diversity will soon follow! You can help prevent this. By joining the weed warrior program you will learn what the enemies look like and the tools used to fight them. Along side other weed warriors you will learn how to use the tools provided, do reconnaissance work, and then begin battle. With the skills to fight invasive species mastered, you can continue the fight on your own time and when it is convenient for you. We need your help. Become a weed warrior!

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Let's Go Fishing
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
May 14, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

We'll provide the simple stick poles and bait, you bring the luck! We will spend our time fishing off the dock to see what fish swim in the Quarry Hill pond. No fishing licenses required here, just the spirit of adventure! (We'll even take the fish off the hook!) 

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 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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Call of the Wild - Frog Style
 
$6
$5/member
pre-registration required
May 20, 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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Kids to Parks Day
 

Free
May 21, 9:00 AM12:00 PM

May 21 is National Kids to Parks Day and Rochester Park and Recreation is celebrating with a fun-filled morning at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Try your had at fishing in the pond, fossil hunting and other nature-themed activities.

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Nature Nuts: Scratchy, Sticky, Slippery
 
$8
$6.50/members
pre-registration required
May 21, 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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Critter Sunday: Worm Wrangling
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
May 22, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

'Open a can of worms' with a Quarry Hill Naturalist during this adventure into the wonderful world of worms. Learn about earthworms, worm compost and more.

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Tick, Tick, Tick It's Lyme Time!
 

Free
May 23, 6:00 PM7:00 PM

Learn about Lyme Disease and how you can protect yourself, family and pets from tick bites. Join us for a presentation by Olmsted County Public Health and Northern Valley Animal Clinic. Free resources and tips for preventing tick bites and tick-borne illness.
 

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Volunteer Saturday
May 28, 1:30 PM3:30 PM

Outdoor projects, gardening, button making and more: this opportunity is open to families, groups or individuals (children under 13 must be accompanied by and adult). Volunteer one time or monthly. Sign up at uwolmsted.org or by calling the nature center. (328-3950)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adult, $1/child
Free for members
pre-registration required
May 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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Nature Sunday: Animal Survival Game Trail
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
May 29, 1:30 PM2:30 PM

Head outside with Quarry Hill staff to explore the park's pond, meadow and woods. Each program focuses on a different nature topic and includes a hike or activity. Take a peek at 'life under a log', practice your animal instincts on our Survival Trail, or 'rock on' during a trip to the fossil bed in our limestone quarry.

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June 2016

Flying Dragons
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 4, 10:30 AM12:00 PM

Did you know flying dragons exist? They do! We call them dragonflies and they hatch right out of the water! Join us around the pond as we learn all about the lifecycle of a dragonfly. We'll do a fun dragonfly craft and then we will grab nets to go search for baby dragonflies living in the shallows of the pond!

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Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
June 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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Family Storytime with the Rochester Public Library
 

Free
June 11, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Meet at the pond pavilion for nature-themed stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and more presented by the Rochester Public Library.

(Held indoors at Quarry Hill Nature Center if there is inclement weather.)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
June 12, 1:30 PM3:00 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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Good-Natured Kids - Salamander Salute!
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 14, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

How is a salamander like a frog? They are both amphibians! Let’s salute the salamander and learn all about this wet, wild and wonderful animal. Meet our live salamander then head out in to the woods in search of more “tigers”. A muddy craft and snack fit for a salamander will complete our morning. (Raindate: June 16)

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Cave Tour and Historic Hike
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
pre-registration required
June 26, 1:30 PM3:00 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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Good-Natured Kids: Knock Knock Woodpecker
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
June 28, 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 30)

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July 2016

Bird Banding Program
 
$2/adults, $1/child
Free
July 3, 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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Family Storytime with the Rochester Public Library
 

Free
July 9, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Meet at the pond pavilion for nature-themed stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and more presented by the Rochester Public Library.

(Held indoors at Quarry Hill Nature Center if there is inclement weather.)

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Good-Natured Kids: Flying Dragons
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
July 12, 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: July 14)

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Good-Natured Kids: Holey Moley
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
July 26, 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 28)

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August 2016

Family Storytime with the Rochester Public Library
 

Free
August 6, 10:00 AM11:00 AM

Meet at the pond pavilion for nature-themed stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and more presented by the Rochester Public Library.

(Held indoors at Quarry Hill Nature Center if there is inclement weather.)

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Good-Natured Kids: Nature's Helicopters
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 9, 9:30 AM11:00 AM

Most birds can only fly forward. But 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.  (Raindate: August 11)

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Camp Grand - Choose from 2 great themes!
 
$45/pair
$35 members
pre-registration required
August 22, 9:00 AM2:00 PM

Critter Camp for kids ages 4 - 7:
Step into the world of critters to collect insects, butterflies and water critters in the meadow and pond. A short hike and live animal programs included in this adventure.

Flying High Adventure for kids ages 6-10:
Set out on a bird hike an get up close to our flying friends with a powerful set of binoculars. Be a citizen scientist when we net and trap birds to be banded, recorded and released. Test your instincts playing the Survival Game and relax indoors for a live owl and falcon program.

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Good-Natured Kids: Butterfly, Flutterby
 
$15
$12/members
pre-registration required
August 23, 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 25)

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Camp Grand - Choose from 2 great themes!
 
$45/pair
$35 members
pre-registration required
August 26, 9:00 AM2:00 PM

Critter Camp for kids ages 4 - 7:
Step into the world of critters to collect insects, butterflies and water critters in the meadow and pond. A short hike and live animal programs included in this adventure.

Flying High Adventure for kids ages 6-10:
Set out on a bird hike an get up close to our flying friends with a powerful set of binoculars. Be a citizen scientist when we net and trap birds to be banded, recorded and released. Test your instincts playing the Survival Game and relax indoors for a live owl and falcon program.

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September 2016

Run Wild 5K and Wild Child Dash
September 3, 7:00 AM10:00 AM

Get outdoors and run wild at this premier trail run in Quarry Hill Park. Proceeds benefit Summer Camp Scholarships, so every child has an opportunity for 'wild time'! Family Friendly!

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