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  • Historical Hike of Quarry Hill Park

    The lands of Quarry Hill Park were once part of Rochester’s historic State Hospital grounds. Join other adults on a guided walking tour of the park to visit some of the interesting historic features that remain from a century of State Hospital use. For example, did you know that the hospital farmed over 1,000 acres and provided all the food required for all of their patients? From the cave to the cemetery to quarry operations, the history is rich and intriguing! We will cover about a mile and a half of up and down terrain. Participants should wear good walking shoes. Meet at the main nature center building. In response to Covid-19, participants will be required to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and be asked screening questions upon arrival.
  • Introduction to Fly Fishing

    Learn the basics of fly casting and fishing, and where and how to fly fish in southeast Minnesota for trout and other species. This class will get you started with indoor casting instruction and practice, fly fishing knots, stream entomology, flies for this area, reading the water, and more. Following this class, you'll be prepared for the fishing season. Additional assistance provided by Hiawatha Trout Unlimited members.
  • Spring Bird Identification

    Spring is an exciting time of year to observe bird life. Our area serves as a home to those summer residents that will raise their young here in addition to providing a resting place for spring migrants as they travel to areas farther north. We should see a variety of warblers, sparrows, and thrushes as well as those reliable year round residents: cardinals, jays, and woodpeckers, just to name a few. Bring binoculars if you have them. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, MAY 16.
  • Spring Wildflower Identification

    Spring is an exciting time in Minnesota for wildflowers as the numbers and variety are astounding. Come along as we explore Oxbow's woodlands in search of these beauties. Trout lily, violets, bluebells, trillium, and wild ginger are a few of the varieties that will be seen. Prior to our trip outdoors, we will view a brief slide presentation showing the early and late spring bloomers that will not be encountered on our trip outdoors. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, MAY 2.
  • Tree Identification

    Have you just recently purchased a wooded parcel of land and are curious about what species of trees are located there? Or perhaps you are simply interested in trees. If so, here is just the opportunity for you. Join John as he hikes the trails of Oxbow Park and learn about the various species of trees that inhabit southeastern Minnesota. A brief slide presentation on the utilization of tree flowers as one of the keys to identification will precede the trip outdoors. Cosponsored with Zumbro Valley Audubon Society and Oxbow Park. RAIN DATE IS SUNDAY, JUNE 6.