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.Plan Your Visit
Give a gift to the future
The Nourishing Everyone’s Need for Nature Campaign is a gift to the future—and we can’t do it without you! With $5 million left to raise toward the $40 million goal, your support will help finish construction work in the year ahead and sustain new environmental education programming at both the West St. Paul site and the new facilities at Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove.
Explore the goals of the campaign, see what projects have been accomplished, and join us by donating in support of the next 50 years of Dodge history.
Trails open at Shepard Farm
Dodge Nature Center is proud to bring you a new nature destination in Cottage Grove! Shepard Farm is open to hike 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset, at no cost.
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.