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



Carve Pumpkins – Deliver to Dodge
For: Adults, Teens, Families
Time Commitment: Project can be done at home on your own time.

Location: Drop off your creations at our Main Property in West St. Paul Oct. 26 or 27 before noon.
Carve for a cause. The Halloween Extravaganza is in need of MANY carved pumpkins to help light the trails the night of the event. This fun and creative volunteer opportunity can be done at home with your friends and family. Your pumpkins are destined for greatness. Now carve on oh great volunteers!*Donations for the Trick or Treat Trail (tattoos, pencils, candy, etc.) are also graciously accepted.
Sign up online

Halloween Extravaganza Event Positions
For: Teens 16+ & Adults (Teens 15+ can volunteer for the Trick Or Treat Trail)

Time Commitment: Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday, October 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 
Day of the Event:
Friday, October 27, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul

The Dodge Nature Center Halloween event is one our most exciting volunteer opportunities of the year. With a number of roles to choose from, you will be sure to walk away with festive fall memories. Dress up with the Halloween spirit and join us to assist with an activity, admissions, concessions, or on our family friendly trick-or-treat trail. Choose the role that best fits your style and enjoy pop and pizza at the end of the night. Rehearsal is required to orient you so that you know what to do and where you are going the day of the event. You do not need to be in costume for the rehearsal.
Sign up online


Seeking Scary Trail Volunteers
For: Teens 15+ & Adults
Time Commitment: You must attend at least one planning meeting. They are held every Sunday after Labor Day at the Dodge Main Office.
The meeting time will depend on Vikings Games (before or after). 
October 1st at 4:00pm
October 8th at Noon
October 15th at 4:00pm
Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday October 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Day of the Event: Friday, October 27 of trail
5:30-10:30 p.m.
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul

Invoke your Halloween spirit by playing a character on our scary trail during the night of our Halloween Extravaganza. Have fun designing your costume and trail scene that will give guests a thrilling hike. Prior planning at one of our orientation meetings is required to be part of this team. Hot drinks will be brought around to volunteers throughout the evening and pizza and pop will be served afterwards at 10:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for teens trying to obtain a lot of service hours. Sign up online



Weekend Clean Up
For: Youth, Adults, Families, Small Groups
Time Commitment: Saturday, Oct. 28  -
drop in any time during the day.
Location: Dodge Nature Center Farm, Entrance 3
1701 Charlton Street in West St. Paul
Halloween Extravaganza is one of DodgeNature Center's largest community events with thousands of guests attending for the fun festivities that take place. Our grounds become dusted with litter and lost and found items. We are looking for volunteers to hike around our property with a mission to give our nature preserve a reboot.

Drop in any time during the day to help cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 29. This means disposing of litter and grouping any lost and found items. Staff will not be on site, but bags and maps will be inside the big red education building near the restrooms.  The education building is one that is between the white farm house and brown barn. Please bring your own work gloves.
Sign up online



Frosty Fun Festival
For: Teens 16+ and Adults
Time Commitment: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 
Choose your shift or stay for both
Shift one: 9:30 a.m. to noon 
Shift two: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Event Location: Dodge Nature Center, FarmEntrance 3,
1701 Charlton Street in West St. Paul
Break up the long lull of winter by volunteering at Dodge's Frosty Fun Festival. We have an array of roles to choose from. A majority of the positions are outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Please note that the event is split into two volunteer shifts. If you plan to volunteer the full duration you will need to sign your name under both shifts. See time slots on the left side of the role table to know what shift you are signing up for. You have the option to swap roles during the shift chance or remain at the same activity.
Sign up online


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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