Nourish Your Need for Nature™

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.

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Trails open at Shepard Farm

Dodge Nature Center is proud to bring you a new nature destination in Cottage Grove! Shepard Farm is now open to hike 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset, at no charge.

Located in the heart of Cottage Grove, at 70th St. S. and Jamaica Ave., Shepard offers a setting unique from other Dodge properties. You’ll walk amid 100-year-old woods, 1920s-era historic buildings and barns, restored prairie, community gardens, a bee apiary and animal pastures.

Please note: to protect farm animals and wildlife, no dogs or bikes are allowed on the property.

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Campaigning to connect you to nature

In September 2020, Dodge Nature Center and Preschool launched Nourishing Everyone’s Need for Nature, a $40 million campaign to increase access to our four properties and improve their sustainability. Because of donors like you, the campaign is off to the strongest of starts, with $32 million donated and pledged to date—80% to the 4-year goal!

Dodge made headlines:
Star Tribune  |  Pioneer Press  |  KSTP-TV  |  West St. Paul Reader

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Bring Dodge to your site

Can’t come to Dodge? Let us come to you! Our naturalists can provide the opportunity to learn about nature at your location.

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Virtual Learning with Dodge

Explore educational content from Dodge naturalists, including videos featuring many of our animal ambassadors, interactive worksheets, nature coloring pages, blog posts and much more!

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