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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20 years of Dodge Nature Preschool

Dodge Nature Preschool celebrates their milestone 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 15! Friends, family an alumni students will gather to walk the Dodge trails and reminisce about their years at the Preschool.

Registration has closed to manage event capacity. Contact us at for more information. Donate to support the Preschool for the next 20+ years to come!

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Updates from Dodge

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 May 7), 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!

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 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,

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Bring Dodge to you

Explore our online resources to keep the learning alive!

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.

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Host Dodge at your site

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.

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Support Dodge

As a privately funded nature center, your donation makes nature education happen.

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