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!



June 26, 2016 - About 30 people participated in our annual hunt for Damselflies and Dragonflies at Chester Woods Park. It was a perfect day for the search and we caught and handled several kinds.Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for organizing this event and sharing his knowledge about these ferocious flying predators. Also thanks to Sandy Dunnette, Keith and Debbie House, Brendan Lanpher and his daughter Katie for catching enough D&Ds for everyone to handle.

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ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, July 2
9 am at Quarry Hill Nature Center / Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

Join us on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park. Bring binoculars if you have them, some are available to borrow from the nature center. Dress for the weather. Families and children are welcome. Stay for any length of time. Walks usually last about one hour. Free and open to the public - no registration required
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18th Annual Rochester Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 9
9am - Meet at Quarry Hill Nature Center
/ 1pm at Chester Woods

Leader: Joel Dunnette

Participants in this Citizen Science project should have some experience with butterflies, be prepared for the weather, and be able to walk a mile or more on and off trails. Novices will be paired with an experienced team leader. Bring close-focusing binoculars or a digital camera with close-focusing capability. These are key to field identification of butterflies. Chester Woods has excellent habitat, so we’ll spend considerable time there. See our web site for past years’ results. Click for flier and map

NOTE: please register for this event by emailing jdunnette@gmail.com or calling 507-269-7064.


Hometown Habitat - stories of bringing nature home
Monday, July 18
6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Rochester Public Library Auditorium

Hometown Habitat is an environmental education documentary film focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. A facilitated discussion will follow the film.

Free and open to the public - space is limited. This event is co-sponsored by ZVAS, Prairie Smoke and the Rochester Public Library.

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Bug Out at Chester Woods Park
Sunday, July 24
3 - 5 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Summer is a time of abundance, particularly for insects. Their diversity and beauty is amazing, yet usually overlooked. Join us at 3pm to search the prairie and woods of Chester Woods for as many as we can find. We will see up close dragonflies, butterflies, bugs, beetles, and more. Bring your kids, as this will be an active, fun search that will need their keen eyes and youthful enthusiasm. Check the sign posted at the entry station for the picnic shelter where we will meet Note: Vehicles entering the park are required to display either an annual or daily entrance permit.

There will NOT be a program at Quarry Hill in July.

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