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We are pleased to offer classes especially for home school families.These environmental education classes focus on interactive, hands-on learning and correlate to MN Science Standards. Each class includes indoor and outdoor experiences and access to our public Exploration Hall before and after class.

Quarry Hill's environmental education classes focus on interactive hands-on learning and correlate to MN Science Standards.

How to Register:

Stop by the nature center M – F from 9:00 – 5:00 or call 328-3950. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone.
Print registration form and mail with check made payable to Quarry Hill Nature Center to:

Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Registration Details:

  • Classes often include a significant amount of time outside. Please dress for the weather.
  • Advanced registration and payment is required. 
  • Parents do NOT need to stay. 
  • If your child has a particular educational/classroom need you must make Quarry Hill aware prior to the start date of class so we can provide the best experiences for students.
  • Epi-Pens:  If your child requires an Epi-Pen and a responsible adult is not accompanying the child for the duration of the class an Epi-Pen authorization form (with physician anaphylaxis plan) must be completed and returned to Quarry Hill Nature Center prior to the start date. Please contact the Nature Center for more information.  

Class Offerings: 

Whose Clues? Ages 5-7
November 12, 9:00-11:00 AM

Students will compare a live snake to a toy snake,look for animals in soil, and hike to find clues about living things. They will learn what all living things need to survive and some ways scientists group living things.
Fee = $5.00/student

Soil Sleuths Ages 8-10
November 12, 9:00-11:00 AM

The “Soil Chef” will help students understand the difference between soil & dirt and give the recipe
for soil. Students will hike to the QH sandstone cave and also sift & sort soil samples into their components.
Fee = $5.00/student

Karst Geology Ages 11-14
November 12, 9:00-11:00 AM
Students will work at hands-on experiment stations to learn about the geology under our feet and how our limestone bedrock forms caves and affects groundwater quality.
Fee= $5.00/student

Snowshoe Hike Ages 5yr and older
February 6, 1:00-2:30
Discover the joy of winter as we get out in the snow! Learn how snowshoes help you walk in the snow and then go try out a pair. As you go, learn how to find signs of animals and recognize various tracks. Be prepared with snow gear and wear your own winter boots. If snowshoe conditions are poor, we will still do a winter hike in search of animal signs, but just in our boots!
Fee = $8.00 /person or Family max of $40.00

Know it Owl Ages 5-7 
May 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Just what is a raptor? Students will examine and study this special group of birds. They will learn what makes an owl such a successful predator: silent feathers, powerful talons, and incredible senses.
Fee = $5.00/student

Weather Ages 8-10
May 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Students will use various tools of meteorology to take measurements & predict the weather. They will learn about human impacts on our “sea of air” and also how animals respond to weather & seasonal changes.
Fee = $5.00/student

Plankton Classification Ages 11-14
May 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Students will learn microscope basics and have time to practice with prepared slides before moving on to the amazing world of microorganisms within a drop of water. Collecting a sample, preparing a wet mount slide, observation, sorting, & classifying skills will be emphasized.
Fee = $5.00/student