Make A Difference With Dodge

From planning committees to farm and from education to restoration, volunteers infuse every part of Dodge Nature Center. Supporting the connection between community and nature is extremely vital as future generations are at risk of losing touch with the natural world. Dodge volunteers foster nature connections and experiences by sharing their talents, ideas, and diversity of perspectives. Volunteer impact and friendship are celebrated, honored, and a priority in the Dodge community. Welcome and thank you for considering to join our team.


To Apply

1. Download a volunteer application or pick one up from our main office. If you are a corporate group or in need of community service hours please email or call us directly to inquire.
2. Email completed applications and inquiries about corporate group service or community service hours to:
Kim Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator
or call 651-789-5211 with questions.

Applications can also be dropped off the Dodge Main Office:

Dodge Nature Center
365 Marie Avenue West
West St. Paul, MN 55118

Upcoming Opportunities



Summer Camp Volunteers
For: Youth 16+
Time Commitment: Summer Camp runs
Sign up for a 2 camp minimum, more if you
like. Camps run Monday-Thursday. We also offer Friday one day camps.
Wear your best tie-dye and show off your sandal tan. As part of our Summer Camp team you will experience the glory of being a camp counselor by playing games, hearing the funny things kids say, and acting as a role model for young campers. Campers range from 1st-7th grade. You will help naturalist staff with preparation, activities, group management, and ensuring that the camper experience is memorable. This volunteer experience is infused with nature and fun. If you are interested in joining our summer team, submit a volunteer application. We will conduct interviews March through early May. If accepted, new volunteers are required to attend an orientation/training 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 OR 4 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Email your volunteer application and note your interest in the summer camp position to Kim Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator,

Earth Day - Give Back to Nature
For: Adults, Families, Groups
Time Commitment: 5:30-8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul,Farm Entrance 3

Come with the whole family or come with a buddy to give Mother Nature an eco-boost. A variety of projects including tree planting, litter pick-up, invasive species removal, and garden clean-up. Enjoy a bite to eat as a thank you for contributing to the environment.
Sign Up Online



Flower Garden Volunteer
For: Adults, Teens 16+
Time Commitment:  1-3 hours per week, April – October
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul
Our gardens add beauty, attract hummingbirds, butterflies, tree frogs, and other nature curiosities. Flower garden volunteers attend an early spring garden volunteer meeting in early April. Maintain your own specific section of one of the garden areas on their own time as it fits your schedule for the remainder of the summer and into the fall.  This position includes planting, weeding, and watering, deadheading spent blossoms, setting up sprinklers as needed and dragging hoses around. Volunteers can work alone or partner up. Gather at the an end of season for our Dodge appreciation party. The Flower Garden Volunteer program is supervised by enthusiastic gardener and Naturalist; Eloise Dietz
How to Sign Up: Contact DNC Volunteer Coordinator Kim Bauer for a Volunteer Application



Teacher/Naturalist Volunteer
For: Adults
Time Commitment: Weekdays and dependent on individual’s schedule.
Location: Dodge Nature Center, Main Property in West St. Paul

Assist in providing environmental education programs to school groups by teaching/leading small group hikes. Ages of students vary, primarily K-6th. Teaching experience is helpful, enthusiasm is required. No experience needed, training and feedback provided by professional naturalist staff.
Email Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Bauer to learn more:


You must have a volunteer application on file with Dodge Nature Center to volunteer. Submit application to Kim Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator



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