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Quarry Hill Nature Center
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Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester
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Quarry Hill Nature Center: Live Animal Exhibits, Skiing & Hiking

Located within 300 acres of rural park lands in Rochester, MN, Quarry Hill Nature Center is home to over 50 different species of live animals, a 1,700 gallon fish tank, an indoor bee hive, a children's library, and a bird watching room. There are paved and natural hiking trails, as well as a restored prairie, quarry, man-made sandstone caves and a man-made pond for outdoor recreation. In the winter months, cross-country skis and snowshoes are available for rent for use inside the park.
The nature center offers hand-on learning in a fun environment for visitors of all ages to enjoy. There are classes offered to preschoolers through adults, and a summer camp program from June to August. For nearby lodging, browse the latest offers at the Kahler Grand Hotel.


Prices -

Admission is free and open to the public year round. The nature center is also free and open all but four days of the year.

Hours -

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm,  Sunday & Holidays: 12 pm - 5 pm
Summer Hours:  Weekdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm,  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm,  Sunday & Holidays: 12 pm - 5 pm
Park and Trails: Dawn to dusk


  • Nature Art Show
  • Sundays at Quarry Hill
  • Cave Tour & Hike


  • Nature Center
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Home School Classes
  • Fossil Hunting​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


  • Where can I find a map of the grounds at Quarry Hill Nature Center?

    Visitors can view and print out all maps for the nature center and trails online at https://www.qhnc.org/visit/maps.html. You can also pull them up on your smartphone while at the park for easy access.
  • What exhibits are available at Quarry Hill Nature Center?

    Quarry Hill Nature Center features an Exploration Hall filled with over 35 varieties of live animals and a 1700-gallon aquarium that is home to seven varieties of fish, and a Saw whet owl. Get hands-on fun while learning about different turtles, snakes, frog, birds, and fish. There is also a honeybee hive for an up close look at the internal operations of a real working honeybee colony.

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