Nourish Your Need For Nature™

The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center is an environmental education organization in Minnesota with 4 metro nature destinations located in West St. Paul, Cottage Grove and Mendota Heights. Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, the organization was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota. Dodge Nature Center and Preschool are recognized nationally in the field of environmental education.

Dodge has 460+ acres of prairies, hardwood forest, lakes, wetland, miles of open hiking trails, a working farm, orchard, bee apiary, and a variety of animals to discover. It is the mission of the nature center to provide exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education. Over 59,000 nature experiences are offered annually: day visits, events, programs for all ages, camps, onsite preschool, school outreach, field trips and more. Nourish Your Need For Nature™ by joining us for an upcoming nature experience found on the activity calendar.

Mission: Providing exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education.


Halloween News


Dodge Friends,

We will not be hosting Halloween this fall. This very large event takes a toll on the nature center's resources and land, so we are going to give it a rest this year. We will come back with a new format. We do recommend the city of West St. Paul's HalloweenExtravaganza as an alternative. Thank you for understanding. We look forward to seeing you at at Dodge on your next visit.


January 2018 Activities

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