Distance Learning with Dodge

Browse all of our online resources to bring Dodge into the classroom and home!

Videos


Explore our YouTube channel for educational videos brought to you by Dodge naturalists! Learn how to make Campfire Stick Bread, take an inside tour of the farm, and much more.

Nature Safety

Buddy up and go outside this summer! In this Nature Safety video, naturalist Pete is your guide to getting outdoors and going off trail. Meet bees, geese, frogs, toads, turtles and snakes—without anyone getting hurt. Learn how to spot pesky plants like stinging nettle and poison ivy. Take Pete’s prescription (wear long pants, boots, bug spray and sunscreen) and have a safe summer out in nature!

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All About Toads

Toaday’s the day to talk toads! Here’s naturalist Jeff to tell you all about the American toad (Anaxyrus americanus). It’s a common species of toad at Dodge and throughout eastern North America. Learn about toads’ defenses against predators and listen to to the male’s melodic mating call.

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Storytime with a Naturlist: How to Hide a Butterfly

It’s a rhyming Storytime with a Naturalist! Settle in with Siri as she reads “How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects” by author-illustrator Ruth Heller. Are you curious about camouflage? Learn how butterflies and bugs can disappear!

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Minnesota Wildlife Hike

How about a hike? Search for signs of Minnesota wildlife on a hike with Julia, one of our Naturalist Fellows. She’ll lead you to the prairie, forest and wetlands to look up, down, and all around for animals. Hit the trails to learn observational skills in nature and how you can protect wildlife habitat.

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Storytime with a Naturalist: Frog and Toad

Feeling amphibious after some record-setting rainfall? Then hop right over as Siri reads “The Corner.” It’s one of five short stories in “Frog and Toad All Year,” a classic children’s book by author-illustrator Arnold Lobel. Save this story for a rainy day—or listen together in any kind of weather!

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Making Cordage

Naturalist Mick shows you the ropes on how to make cordage by hand. This primitive technology has helped humans for tens of thousands of years—and it’s still useful today! Mick will loop you in on the skill of twisting long, thin fibers into a much stronger string.

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Storytime with a Naturalist: Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Big Red Hen

Settle in and snuggle up for our first Storytime with a Naturalist! Siri, one of our Naturalist Fellows, reads “Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Big Red Hen” by Swedish author-illustrator Maj Lindman. This book reminds Siri of teaching about hens and roosters on the Dodge farm. In the book, three young sisters learn to take care of their aunt’s chickens and collect eggs. Share it with the young farm fans in your life!

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Farm Tour

Join naturalist Pam Welisevich for a virtual tour of the Dodge Farm. She takes you behind the scenes to greet goats, sheep and chickens—plus piglets, cows and horses! While Dodge’s doors are closed, we’ll bring you inside to experience the busyness of the barn.

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Spring Chicks

Naturalist Pam introduces you to the newest residents of the farm: Spring chicks! Pam will give you the bird’s eye view of baby chicken beginnings. How do hens build nests and incubate their clutch? How do chicks develop inside the egg—and how do they get out?

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Sounds of Nature

Hear ye, hear ye! This video will be music to your ears. Tune in to naturalist Mary as she teaches you about the world of sounds around you, like bird calls, frog songs and coyote yips. What can you hear near to you? Go seek out nature’s noises in your neighborhood!

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Historical Fire Making

In a fiery new video, naturalist Mick will build your self-sufficient skills in the outdoors. Mick shares the historical secrets to fire making without matches. With an adult’s help, kids can use twine and tools to light a backyard fire tonight!

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Erosion and Earth

Why do some soils erode? Get the dirt on how water washes soils away and what qualities help hold it together! Naturalist Fellow Julia talks rainfall and runoff.

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Explore Orienteering

Did you know Dodge’s Main Property has an orienteering course? Neighbors, come build your navigational skills in nature! Naturalist Mary walks you through how to complete the course. Pack your smartphone and get set to stride post to post!

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Make Campfire Stick Bread

You can bake bread in your backyard—over a campfire! Naturalist Mick has all the tricks to mix dough, spiral it on a stick, and twirl ’til it’s toasted. Try making this tasty campfire snack! Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 5 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 2/3 cup water.

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Online Classes

Go in-depth and explore these topics in a series of videos! Discover the air around you and dig into dirt.

Air Around Us

Air Around Us

For 1st — 3rd Graders. From a gentle breeze to a windstorm, air is always around us. Learn how you know air is here, how it behaves in different temperatures, and how to measure the wind!

Dirt Detectives

Dirt Detectives

For 1st — 4th Graders. Get the "scoop" on soils! Join the Dirt Detectives to investigate all the different components of soil: collect samples, find out what's inside, and learn how to classify rocks.

Worksheets


A-Z Hike

Complete the alphabet as you hike!

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Alphabet Nature Walk

Using the alphabet as your guide, see what you can find outside.

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Farm Word Search

How many farm-related words can you find?

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Find the Differences

Study the pictures, what changed?

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How Many Words in One?

Make as many words as you can from one!

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Get outside and challenge yourself to find all the nature items!

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Scrambled Animals

Unscramble the words to learn all about the animals at Dodge.

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Squirrelly Scavenger Hunt

Can you spot signs of squirrels in your area?

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Coloring Pages


Color it Wild with Dodge! Created by our very own Naturalist Fellow, Ashley Johnson. Stay inside the lines—or go wild!

Barred Owl

Lunar or later, we all need a break! Color this serene scene featuring a Barred Owl and a Coyote.

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Birds

Bring out the big box of crayons for these three little birds that sing sweet songs. Shade this colorful trio of Indigo Bunting, Goldfinch and Oriole.

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Bunnies

Enjoy these baby bunnies burrowed in the dandelions. Hop to it and color some cottontails today!

 

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Chipmunk

Decorate it any which way you want. Don’t worry, you walnut fail!

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Flowers

Brighten your day with blossoms! Why not watercolor these wildflowers? Or oil pastels for these perennials?

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Horses

In real life, their coats are dapple-gray. But you can always draw a horse of a different color!

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Opossum

It’s an awesome opossum! The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) is found in forests and farmland in all parts of Minnesota, except the most northern, coldest areas. At Dodge, opossum have been spotted hanging out on the Main Property. Get out those gray, pink and white crayons and color away!

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Prairie Pollinators

Happy Nat’l Pollinator Week! We’re celebrating the bees, butterflies and other pollinators that support healthy ecosystems everywhere. Visit the Dodge prairie to see bees buzzing on Gray-headed Coneflower and butterflies fluttering to Blazing Star.

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Raccoon

Why not spend an afternoon with a raccoon? These masked bandits are highly adaptable and thrive in cities, forests and prairies. Get out the gray, black and white crayons—cover your trash can—and color the day away!

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Robins

Ready for a rockin’ robin coloring page? An American robin feeds a trio of needy nestlings. These hungry babies will reach their parents’ size within 2 weeks of hatching!

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Water Lily

Let’s take a dip in the pond! The beautiful White Water Lily is rooted in the silty bottom of the Farm Pond, with the round leaves and many-petaled blossoms floating on the water’s surface. Dragonflies and Damselflies can be found perched and flying all around Dodge.

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Waterfowl

Color in these feathery friends!

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