About Dodge

One Dodge, four nature destinations

Immerse yourself in nature and engage in environmental education at Dodge. Explore trails through prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. See farm animals, raptors, and local wildlife. Trails are open to everyone at no cost across all four properties—sunrise to sunset, every day of the year.



Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, the Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota and a pioneer in environmental education. Dodge is a nonprofit organization operating on 460+ acres of nature preserve within the cities of West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and Cottage Grove. The nature center provides environmental and agricultural experiences for thousands of people every year through school and public programs, community events, and a nature preschool that is recognized nationally.

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Naturalist Fellowship

The 12-month Naturalist Fellowship at Dodge Nature Center prepares college graduates for a wide array of education careers.

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Employment opportunities

Work at Dodge Nature Center and Preschool.

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