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Summer Camp Information

  • Priority enrollment from Friends Members is accepted between February 27 and March 11, 2019.
    Open enrollment begins March 12, 2019
  • Day camp is Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • All day Adventure Biking Camp and day trips are offered for campers grades 7+.
  • Camps are designed by professional environmental science educators and naturalists.
  • Each camp is led by camp staff member and a youth leader assistant.
    • Camper to staff ratio is 12:1 or less.
  • Camp staff are First Aid certified.

Camp Offerings: Print Friendly Version

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2019 Camp Offerings 

Pre-schoolers – must be 4 yrs by the start date of camp

Animal Discoveries (AD)

For preschoolers: must be 4 yrs by the start date of camp

Buzz! Quack! Croak! Caw!
Learn about the unique features of five main animal groups: birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians, and mammals when we visit five different locations in the park. Test your eagle eyes, bug out, come out of your shell, and make new friends during daily camp activities that include a puppet show with Ollie the Opossum, nature songs, art activities, stories, and lots of outdoor experiences. Join us for a week of fun in the wild!

Campers must be 4 yrs. old by the first day of camp.
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
AD-5 (full)
AD-7 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
AD-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
AD-9 (full)
AD-11 (full)
AD-13 (full)
AD-15 (full)
AD-10 (full)
AD-12 (full)
AD-14
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

Senses and Defenses (SD)

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

Could you escape a spider’s web, outfox a fox, and blindly find a cricket in a dark cave? Find out as we put our senses and defenses to nature’s test. This camp is sure be a wild time as we use all our senses to explore the tricks animals use to survive in the wild. Excellent eyesight, creative camouflage, tongues that smell and stinky sprays are some of the animal adaptations we’ll explore. Each day will be a new adventure filled with plenty of time outdoors exploring and playing nature games that bring the senses into sharper focus. 

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
SD-1 (full)
SD-3 (full)
SD-5
SD-7 (full)
SD-2 (full)
SD-4 (full)
SD-6
SD-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
SD-9 (full)
SD-11 (full)
not offered
not offered
SD-10
SD-12
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Pollinator Power (PW)

For youth entering 1st and 2nd grade

We are abuzz with the awesome abilities (and responsibilities) of pollinators from honeybees to hummingbirds and butterflies to moths. Enjoy a daily hike to pollinator habitats to learn what makes them experts in their fields! Join fellow nature nuts in games that explore how pollinators do their greatest work, focus on an up close look at the microscopic and colorful world of pollen, make your own wildflower seed bomb, and visit the outdoor observation hive to see honeybees at work. Cap off the week with a pollination celebration, where together we will pledge to explore, conserve, and protect our pollinator habitats.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 member
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
PW-13
PW-15 (full)
not offered
not offered
PW-14
PW-16
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
PW-17
PW-19
PW-18
not offered

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Archaeology Adventures (AA)

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Enjoy solving mysteries?  Become one of our digging detectives uncovering clues to Quarry Hill’s historical past. Who once lived here? How did they use the land? What did they leave behind? Get ready for excavations, explorations, and plenty of downright dirty fun as we examine artifacts throughout the park!

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
AA-3 (full)
not offered
AA-7 (full)
not offered
AA-4 (full)
not offered
AA-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
AA-15 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
AA-16 (full)
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
AA-17 (full)
AA-19 (full)
AA-18 (full)
not offered

Catching Critters (CC)

For youth entering 3rd and 4th grade

Slugs, bugs, and spiders, oh my! Spend the week based out of our brand new Prairie House where we will use a variety of games and hands-on activities to explore the secretive world of some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures. We will hunt high and low; scooping, canoeing and fishing the pond, investigating the cave, and scouring the forests and prairies to find out what makes creepy-crawly creatures so important in our world. From pollination, soil construction, and even food- there are so many critters to catch and get to know.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
CC-1 (full)
CC-3 (full)
CC-5 (full)
CC-7 (full)
CC-2 (full)
CC-4
CC-6 (full)
CC-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
CC-9 (full)
CC-11 (full)
CC-13 (full)
CC-15
CC-10 (full)
CC-12
CC-14 (full)
CC-16
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
CC-17
CC-19
CC-18
not offered

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Hangin' with the Birds (HB)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

This camp is for the birds… and for those who want to hang out and study their unique adaptations. Campers will learn how to safely capture, band, and release wild birds. The data gathered from those birds is submitted to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory which directly helps scientists with bird conservation! Campers test their ‘bird brains’ throughout the week with a variety of bird games and activities while also going rock climbing, canoeing, and fishing.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
HB-3
HB-5 (full)
HB-7
HB-2 (full)
HB-4 (full)
HB-6 (full)
HB-8
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
HB-9
HB-11 (full)
HB-13
HB-15 (full)
HB-10
HB-12
HB-14
HB-16
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
HB-17
HB-19
HB-18
not offered

Nature Biker (NB)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Exercise, fresh air, adventure! Ride on city bike trails to study animals and plants as we explore local waterways and other natural areas. Campers must provide a bike, helmet, water bottle, and be able to sustain a biking speed of 1 mile in 8 minutes and a daily distance of 5-10 miles.

 

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

 

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
NB-1 (full)
not offered
NB-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
NB-6 (full)
NB-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
NB-9 (full)
not offered
NB-13 (full)
not offered
NB-10 (full)
not offered
NB-14 (full)
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
NB-17 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered

Nature Art (NA)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

Have you ever used pine needles for a paintbrush or sand for paint? Be wildly creative when you let nature be your canvas! During this camp we will explore nature through art. Projects include making and using natural paintbrushes, crafting your very own walking stick, tree bark clay sculptures, sand art, and more. Join in and let your imagination run wild. 

 
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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$88, $78 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
NA-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
NA-11 (full)
not offered
not offered
NA-10 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Nature Photography (NP)

For youth entering 5th and 6th grade

With camera in hand, venture to a unique location in the park each day! Campers will see nature through an all new lens when they photograph snakes, turtles, butterflies, flowers, moss, and fungus. Experiment with light during  a slow shutter speed ’flashlight painting’ session in the cave. Campers learn the basic elements of photography and photo editing using digital cameras and laptops provided by Quarry Hill. Campers are provided with a 4G USB flash drive to take their photos home.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
NP-3 (full)
not offered
NP-7 (full)
not offered
NP-4
NP-6 (full)
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
NP-9 (full)
not offered
not offered
NP-15 (full)
not offered
NP-12 (full)
NP-14 (full)
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
NP-17 (full)
NP-19 (full)
NP-18 (full)
not offered

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Adventure Biker (AB)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Explore the “wilder” side of Rochester by bike. Water and dry land adventures include fishing, canoeing, and fire starting. Bikers must provide a bike with at least 24” wheels and 3 speeds, sack lunch, water bottle, and helmet. To be up to the challenge, bikers should be able to sustain a bike speed to cover 1 mile in less than 6 minutes, and a daily distance of 10+ miles. 

Adventure Biker is an all day camp from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$168, $158 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
AB-1 (full)
AB-3 (full)
not offered
AB-7 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
AB-11 (full)
not offered
AB-15 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
AB-19 (full)
not offered
not offered

Falconry and Raptors (FR)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

If you think hawks, owls and eagles are cool, spend the week learning about raptors and the ancient art of falconry! Learn from a licensed falconer and spend time outdoors working to trap and band wild red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. Hands-on experience with Quarry Hill’s live raptors will help campers gain an appreciation for these powerful but graceful birds.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
FR-3 (full)
not offered
not offered
FR-2 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
FR-15 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Teen Nature Photography (TNP)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Digging deeper into photography composition techniques, campers will hike to little known reaches of the park for unique photo opportunities. Each day of camp poses a new photographic challenge with opportunity for collaborative editing and review. Digital cameras, computers, and editing software is provided by Quarry Hill. Each camper will receive a 4GB USB drive for photo storage.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$108, $98/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
TNP-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
TNP-8 (full)
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
TNP-11 (full)
TNP-13 (full)
not offered
TNP-10 (full)
not offered
not offered
TNP-16 (full)
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Quarry Hill's Amazing Race (AR)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

On your mark, get set, GO! Campers will learn and practice navigating with a GPS, rock climbing, kayaking, fire starting and more. On Friday, campers will put their new skills to the test as they work as a team and try to finish Quarry Hill’s very own amazing race course!

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$98, $88 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
AR-5 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
AR-9 (full)
not offered
AR-13 (full)
not offered
AR-10 (full)
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
AR-18 (full)
not offered

Wild Caving Day Trip (WC)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Are you ready to get muddy? Good! You provide a sense of adventure; we’ll provide the helmet and headlamp as we head underground. Stalactites and cave bacon await us in the wild cave as we walk and even belly crawl our way through it. We will start at Quarry Hill where we will learn about caves and southeast Minnesota geology. Then we’ll travel by Quarry Hill Critter coach to the wild cave. Campers will receive a packing list before the first day of class. 

One day camp is offered:
July 1, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. FULL

Waiting list is available - register online with no fee. 

$58, $48 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Crazy Crayfish (CF)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

If you like to get wet, don’t mind being pinched, and love to catch critters, this is your camp! Catch, learn how to handle, mark, and study crayfish at some of the local hot spots. Campers should be prepared to walk in water, use a dip net, and handle crayfish.

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$98, $88 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
CF-6 (full)
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
CF-14 (full)
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

Woodworking for Wildlife (WW)

For youth entering 7th grade and up

Help local wildlife by building a variety of structures and feeders to take home to your backyard. Assemble pre-cut kits using hand tools. Throughout the week, we’ll go in search of birds, bugs and small mammals most likely to use and benefit from your work. Projects may include a wren/chickadee and bluebird nest boxes, a bumble bee bungalow, a toad abode, a mason bee apartment, and a hanging platform birdfeeder. 

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Waiting lists are available for sessions that are full. No fee to register online for a waiting list. 

$118, $108/members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
WW-4 (full)
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered

For youth entering 8th grade and up

Kayak Paddle Day Trip (KPT)

For youth entering 8th grade and up

Discover SE Minnesota’s wild side from inside a kayak. Spend the day looking for bald eagles, turtles, great-blue herons and more as we paddle our kayaks down the river. Lunch (and maybe a little swimming) will be at the sand bar of our choice. Campers will need to provide a lunch. In case of high water, area lakes will be explored instead. 

Kayak Paddle is a one day camp offered:
July 2, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CAMP IS FULL
A waitlist is available - no fees to place your camper on the waitlist online.

 

 

$58, $48 members
Days AM Sessions
9:00 - 11:30 AM
PM Sessions
12:30 - 3:00 PM
June 3 - 7
10 - 14
17 - 21
24 - 28
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
July 8 - 12
15 - 19
22 - 26
29 - 2
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered
Aug 5 - 9
12 - 16
not offered
not offered
not offered
not offered