We believe in connecting with people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics (not just birds). Check our program listing, mark your calendar and come on out!


Counting Chimney Swifts - Citizen Science Project

Saturday, August 1 - approx 8 - 9pm
Kellogg Middle School - Rochester (Park behind the school)

Saturday, August 1 in Preston, MN - approx 8 - 9pm
at the Root River Trailhead Chimney Swift Tower

Saturday, August 29 - Aprox 7:30 - 8:30
John Marshall High School in Rochester
parking lot by the football field

Every year between late July and early September we call upon any and all Chimney Swift fans to find a roost and enjoy an evening outside estimating/counting swifts as they enter the nighttime roost. An Audubon volunteer will be on site. Dress for the weather. Plan to arrive about 20 minutes before sundown and bring a lawn chair and binoculars.

Click here to learn more about Swift "Sits".

Photo by Jim Willams

Free Summer programs for families with kids - click here for details.
Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Field Trip to Meadowlark Restorations Sites -
Saturday, August 8th from 8am - midafternoon
Leaders: Scott Leddy

Meet 8 am at the east parking lot of the Heintz Center to car pool. Scott Leddy will provide a guided tour of two sites Meadowlark Restorations has worked on in the Rushford area, a (probably steep) bluff prairie, and a rolling sand prairie. We will stop in Rushford for an early lunch or something to drink between site visits. Return mid afternoon. Be prepared for walking over rough ground.

ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Monarch Tagging at Quarry Hill
Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 - 8 pm
Leader: Pamela Meyer

Join us and learn about the fascinating Monarch Butterfly as it prepares for its long journey back to Mexico. We will have a hands-on experience of tagging the butterflies and learn about this incredible creature. Click for flier of this event

Monarch Tagging at Northern Hills Prairie in Rochester
4 - 6 pm
Jointly hosted by Quarry Hill Naturlists and ZVAS

Nets will be available to help capture monarchs, which will then be tagged and released. Northern Hills Prairie is located ay 3694 Nottingham Dr NW in Rochester - just east of the Think Mutual Bank Headquarters building.


ZVAS Chickadee Bird Walk at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Saturday, September 5 at 9 am 
Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

Join members of Zumbro Valley Audubon on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park to view the birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center. Dress for the weather. Families and children are welcome. Come and stay for any length of time. The walks usually last about one hour. Free and open to the public with no registration required.
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ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center

Storyteller - Al Batt
Tuesday, September 22, 7 - 8 pm

You’re invited to an evening of funny and heartwarming stories as told by Al Batt of rural Hartland, MN. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He is a columnist for “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and writes for a number of magazines and books. Click for flier of this event


Fall Sparrow Field Trip
Saturday, September 26
7:30 am - mid morning
Leaders: Jerry Pruett and John Hockema

Late September is a great time to look for migrating sparrows.  We should see White-crowned, Lincolns, White-throated, Savannah, Vesper sparrows and with a little luck we may pick up Nelson’s Sharp-tailed, LeContes and Harris’s sparrows as well.   We’ll meet in the parking lot on the east side of the Kalmar Reservoir (East Landfill Reservoir) just off of 19 ST NW and Valleyview CT. about 2 miles west of the Rochester Athletic Club at 7:30 AM.  Bring water-proof footwear as the grass will probably be quite wet.


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