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!


Tagging monarchs

August 25, 2016 - We had a wonderful sunny afternoon for tagging Monarchs at the Northern Hills Prairie in Rochester. Several families came out, grabbed a net and helped us with this important citizen science project which tracks the Monarch's migratory path to Mexico. Many thanks to Pam Meyer from Quarry Hill who quickly taught everyone how to safely catch, tag and release the butterflies. We also want to thank our Audubon volunteers Joel Dunnette, Keith House, Sandy Hokanson and Terry Grier who helped where needed. Click to view some of our photos here

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Planting With Natives Seminar -
sponsored by Sargents Landscape Nursery

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Location: Cascade Meadows - 2900 19th St NW, Rochester MN 55091

6:00 - 8:30 pm

An evening to learn about native plants. Guest speakers include Megan Moeller, Joel Dunnette, Senator Carla Nelson, and Jeff Feece.

One More time! Monarch Butterfly Tagging.
September 1 4:00-5:30 pm
Northern Hills Prairie
3694 Nottingham Drive NW

Free and open to all ages. No registration needed. Nets will be available to help catch monarchs. Captured monarchs will be tagged, recorded and released. Quarry Hill Naturalists and Zumbro Valley Audubon members will be on site to lead the tagging process. Parking is allowed in the Think Bank Lot.

ZVAS Monthly Bird Walk -
Saturday, September 3, 2016
9 am at the WEST ENTRANCE PARKING LOT of Quarry Hill
Leaders: Terry & Joyce Grier

NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION! Due to the "Run Wild 5k" being held at Quarry Hill on this same day - we will move our bird walk to the west park entrance located at 1998 9th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Join us on a casual walk thru Quarry Hill Park. Bring binoculars if you have them. 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.

ZVAS Monthly Program at Quarry Hill Nature Center
Live Raptors from the Minnesota Raptor Center
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7 - 8 pm

You’ll be inspired to learn more about Minnesota’s raptors when you meet a live owl, hawk, and falcon up close and in person. Our presentor from the Raptor Center will teach us the three key identifying features of all raptors, discuss the positive and negative impact humans have on our environment, and share some of our greatest environmental success stories, such as the Peregrine Falcon and the Bald Eagle.
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Volunteer Opportunities - Many local environmental organizations could use a few hours of your time. Check this list and contact the organization of your choice to find out how you can help.

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