About Us

A place for early childhood environmental learning


The mission of Dodge Nature Preschool is to provide a premier early childhood environmental education which meets children’s developmental needs while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world.

Licensing and Accreditation

Dodge Nature Preschool is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and certified as a Nature Explore Classroom.  Dodge Nature Preschool has received the Highest Possible Rating of 4 Stars from Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating System.


At Dodge Nature Preschool, we follow a nature-based, emergent curriculum.  Teaching practice is guided by the interests and knowledge of the children, as well as the opportunities of the seasons.  Children should be active participants in their own learning and the best experiences tend to happen when we follow the ideas of the children.


The Dodge Nature Preschool building is designed to provide the best possible preschool environment for young children. Spacious classrooms allow for the busy, active play of preschool children. Open-ended equipment and supplies encourage creative and cooperative learning.  An outdoor play area features wooden climbing structures, a log cabin, vegetable and flower gardens—with gates that lead to the grounds of Dodge Nature Center!

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