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!


May 24, 2016 - Friends gathered at Quarry Hill Nature Center on May 24, 2016 to celebrate and acknowledge Bill Bruins’ many contributions to our local environmental organizations. Bill has freely shared his talents, muscle, and and voice toward making our world a better place - when a problem needed a solution - Bill always stepped up and calmly figured out a way to “get it done”. Joel Dunnette, Tom Ryan and many others shared memories, reminisced, and thanked Bill for his help, encouragement, and mentorship through the years.

We all wish Bill and Ann the best as they move closer to family in Wisconsin ... and look forward to some long distance birding reports, too! See more photos here.

Nature in Your Neighborhood programs - click here for details.

Hayden Prairie Field Trip - Chester, Iowa
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
5:15 - 9 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Hayden Prairie is famed for its show of flowers in early summer. This 240 acre tallgrass prairie is just a tiny part of the vast prairies that once covered our area. We should see thousands of Shooting Stars and many other prairie wildflowers, as well as a good assortment of prairie dependent birds. Meet at the NW part of the Fleet Farm parking lot, 4891 Maine Ave SE, Rochester to carpool. We will plan to leave at 5:15 pm. You may want to eat dinner during the hour drive south to Hayden Prairie. Dress for the weather and hiking through prairie vegetation. We should return by 9pm or a bit earlier.

ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, June 4
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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Beginning Butterfly Watching Class at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Sunday June 12, 2016
2 - 4 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Dozens of beautiful butterflies live in our area. Each has its own colors, patterns, habits, and food plants. Master Naturalist instructor and butterfly count leader Joel Dunnette will teach you how to view and identify butterflies in the field. A short indoor photo lecture will be followed by time in the field. Participants should be able to use either a good camera or close-focusing binoculars. A few binoculars will be available for loan.

NOTE: Class size is limited, you must register for this event.
To register, or if you have questions contact jdunnette@gmail.com or 507-269-7064.

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Damsels & Dragons at Chester Woods Park
Sunday, June 26, 2016
3 - 5 pm  / Leader: Joel Dunnette

Dragonflies and damselflies are amazing creatures – ferocious predators, fantastic flyers, with incredible body shapes, beautiful colors, and a distinctive life cycle. Join us at 3 pm at the kiosk near the boat landing to catch some of these alien-looking creatures to examine up close. Families with children are welcome at this fun activity.

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 June.


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