Since 1967, Dodge has been connecting children and adults to nature. With a mission to provide exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education, Dodge Nature Center and Preschool are nationally recognized. Nourish Your Need For Nature™ by joining an upcoming nature experience.
Youth educational programs with registered participants will continue at Dodge Nature Center. Groups visiting the nature center must follow the state’s Outdoor Recreation Guidelines (updated Jan. 8), including maintaining at least six feet of separation between participants from different households.
All Dodge buildings and barns remain closed and restrooms are not available. Trails are open to the public, but you must maintain a six-foot distance from other hikers. Please spread out around our three properties: Main Property, Lilly Property, and Marie Property. If parking lots are full, consider hiking another time. We welcome human hikers, but please leave your dogs and bikes at home. This protects wildlife and native landscapes.
Dodge is not booking any new facility rentals or birthday parties.
Thank you for keeping our community safe and for your continued support. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information!
In September 2020, Dodge Nature Center and Preschool launched Nourishing Everyone’s Need for Nature, a $40 million campaign to increase access and improve sustainability. Because of donors like you, the campaign is off to the strongest of starts. Over $29 million donated and pledged to the 4-year goal!
Dodge made headlines:
Star Tribune | Pioneer Press | KSTP-TV | West St. Paul Reader
News Release—September 17, 2020 | Image Gallery
Media inquiries: Kathy Graves, 612-242-3184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a variety of fun and educational Dodge content: videos featuring many of our animal ambassadors, interactive worksheets, nature coloring pages, blog posts and much more. Check back each week for more learning materials!
Can’t come to Dodge? Let us come to you! Our naturalists can bring nature learning to your location and give you hands-on experiences and with animals.
As a privately funded nature center, your donation makes nature education happen.