Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center

A nonprofit organization

378 Donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

You are supporting:

A Year Round Indoor Nature Center and Exploration Hall                  

Open seven days a week, Quarry Hill Nature Center is admission free. The newly renovated Exploration Hall is known and loved for its hands-on, relaxed approach to discovery. Although staffed by friendly naturalists and dedicated volunteers, the live animals are truly the ‘stars’ of our indoor center.  Featuring native MN turtles, snakes, fish, and more, the animals provide ever changing and exciting encounters for visitors of all ages.

A Premier Outdoor Community Resource              
Quarry Hill Park is a historic and natural treasure at the heart of the community.  Hiking trails, biking trails, a pond, restored oak savanna, limestone fossil quarry, and historical  sandstone caves shape the parks 329 acres. The Friends of Quarry Hill partner with Rochester Park and Recreation to support, enhance and maintain the natural beauty and historic structures in the park.

Innovative Hands-on Science and Nature Programs
Taught by licensed science teachers and naturalists, our programs are based on cutting edge education trends and grounded in hands-on discovery. We believe that hands-on, inquiry based activities develop critical thinking, exploration and investigative skills, as well as respect for the natural world. Programs are accessible to all ages and include school-based, private groups, and programs for the general public.

All $60+ donations receive member benefits for the current calendar year (January - December). Member benefits include:

  • Free admission to Sunday Naturalist Programs. Offered weekly at 1:30 pm.
  • Discounted fees on programs like Full Moon Hikes, Parent/Child preschool classes, Candle light Skiing, and more naturalist led programs.
  • Priority enrollment and discounts for summer nature camp
  • Discounted birthday parties for kids age 4+
  • Discounted fees on rental/event spaces
  • Ski and snowshoe rental at reduced rates

Organization Information


Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center

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701 Silver Creek Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906