From toddlers to elders, Dodge Nature center has public programs for you. If you aren’t familiar with the wide array of programs offered, look for the age group and program descriptions below for programs that fit for you and your family.
Ages 3 to 5
The Woolly Bears program offers an opportunity for you and your three to five year old child to experience the wondrous natural world. Topics are explored through creative storytelling, music, puppetry, art, hikes, and visiting with live animals. Programs are offered once or twice a month on Thursday afternoons and Friday and Saturday mornings.
Ages 3 to 8
For families with children ages 3 to 8, our Nature After Dinner program is offered from March through October on a week night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee is per child, but the whole family is welcome to come along. Each month a different topic is explored. Insects, volcanoes, owls, and pond creatures are just some of the topics that families have explored through hikes and hands-on activities with a naturalist.
Our fall, spring and summer day camps are offered when students are out of school. Adventures in Nature Camps are designed for grades Kindergarten - 4th grade and 5th- 8th grade. They focus on specific topics and are one day or four days in length. Full day camps are from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m . In the summer, half day camps are also available. Families are encouraged to apply for scholarships if needed to make camp affordable. A large variety of camp topics are available such as farm activities, outdoor adventures and games, art, outdoor cooking, geology, pond adventures, and animals of all sorts. Middle school camps provide opportunities for skill building and off-site adventures.
Our naturalists continue to create new and exciting Girl Scout and Boy Scout Programs. Groups may sign up for scheduled topics such as fall harvest or maple syruping, or may call to schedule their own group program on a variety of topics.
For home school families, our monthly HomeSchool Programs during the school year are on a Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and focus on ages 5 and older. The whole family may attend these sessions in which we explore a variety of natural phenomena through hands-on activities.
Seasonal programs for families are offered throughout the year and feature activities like pressing apples for juice in the fall, going on a winter picnic, tapping a maple tree in March, and visiting baby farm animals in early summer. Monthly summer concerts have also been a popular option in the summer months.
Some of our seasonal public programs are limited just to adults or older youth and may include topics such as wild edible plants, bird watching, or hiking with a naturalist. Our OWLS (Outwardly, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors)program is offers one hour nature and history programs once a month during the school year. Lunch is available for purchase following each program.