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Can’t come to Dodge? Let us come to you! Our naturalists can provide the opportunity to learn about nature at your location.
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
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.
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!
Explore educational content from Dodge naturalists, including videos featuring many of our animal ambassadors, interactive worksheets, nature coloring pages, blog posts and much more!