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.
Celebrate the milestone 20th anniversary of Dodge Nature Preschool! Gather with friends and family on Saturday, May 15 to reunite with your alumni class. Walk the Dodge trails and reminisce about your years at the Preschool.
Outdoors, rain or shine, socially distanced. You do not need to be Preschool alumni to attend. This event is free and donations are welcome!
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 March 15), including maintaining at least six feet of separation between participants from different households.
All Dodge buildings and barns, including restrooms, remain closed to the public. Limited indoor space is open to scheduled groups and rentals. 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.
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.
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.