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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Give to the Max Day is a success!

We set the largest goal ever this year for Give to the Max Day – hoping to bring 100 donors together to raise $10,000 in support of environmental education. But you showed us we can do more. To ensure Dodge continues to nourish everyone’s need for nature, 150 people contributed over $20,000!

When we grow generosity, we grow the possibilities of bringing more people of all ages together in the wonder and fun of nature. Thank you so much for your support this Give to the Max Day!

It’s never too late to give – matching funds are still available! Double your impact today.

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Updates from Dodge

Trails are open to the public. We recommend you follow the state’s Outdoor Recreation Guidelines (updated May 17). Please spread out around our three open 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 buildings and barns remain closed to the public. Limited indoor space is open to scheduled groups and rentals.

Thank you for keeping our community safe and for your continued support. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information.

Last updated: October 13, 2021

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 $30 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

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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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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Support Dodge

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

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