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Outdoor Learning Days: As Winter Comes (Grades 3-5)

  • An event every week at 8:15am on Wednesday, starting December 9, 2020 and repeating until December 16, 2020

Registration for this program is closed. View the Activities Calendar for more upcoming programs.

Leaves have fallen; days are growing shorter. Let’s gear up and get outside to celebrate the coming of winter. Head into the woods to explore and build your own hibernation dens, go down to the pond to measure the first ice, and prowl the prairie for signs that animals are still active as it gets colder. Practice fire-building skills for a pre-solstice bonfire and cookout. Hands-on, minds-on activities will energize the inner learner of each child each week. You’ll learn, explore, and play the Dodge Nature Center way!

What are Outdoor Learning Days?


Outdoor Learning Days are a series of programs for children in Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5, similar to camps. Due to the COVID-19, many schools are operating in a hybrid or distance learning model. When students are not attending school in-person, Outdoor Learning Days at Dodge Nature Center will offer enrichment and excitement in the outdoor classroom.

There is one two-week series offered for Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5:
Grades 1-2: As Winter Comes (December 9 and 16)
Grades 3-5: As Winter Comes (December 9 and 16)

How do I register?


1. Fill out the Student Registration Form. This form contains important information such as emergency contacts and health concerns.
2. Select the appropriate grade level (listed above) and complete payment on the bottom of the page. Payment is only required once for the series.

Other Information You Need to Know


COVID-19 Safety: Dodge Nature Center is committed to providing high-quality environmental education while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved. We have established the following safety guidelines:
– Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be incorporated into activities both indoors and out.
Students are required to wear face masks for all indoor activities and any outdoor activities where distancing of 6 ft. cannot be maintained.
– Groups of students onsite will coordinate to use separate facilities and conduct separate activities.
– Whenever possible, activities will be held outdoors, and students will spread out around the nature center.
– Any high contact area, such as bathrooms, will have their touchable surfaces disinfected after use by a group. Groups will use the bathrooms and hand-washing areas one at a time in succession.
– Frequent handwashing with soap and water will be required. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies will also be available.

Check-in and check-out: To ensure the health and safety of students and their families, the following procedures have been established for drop-off and pick-up:
Drop-off will begin promptly at 8:15 am and end at 8:30 am. Adults dropping off children will remain in their vehicle in the drop-off loop. One staff will check in your child and record their temperature via infrared thermometer, their responses to wellness questions, and persons authorized for pick-up at 3:00 pm.
– Students who are healthy will be sent to their group leaders.
Pick-up will begin promptly at 3:00 pm and end at 3:15 pm. Adults picking up children will remain in their vehicle and sign for their child.

Staffing: Your child will be safe with highly trained naturalists and volunteers. All programs will maintain a 2 to 10 ratio of staff to students.
Weather: Programs will not be cancelled due to inclement weather; activities will be adjusted for the safety of the children. Always dress your child to be comfortable in forecasted weather conditions.
Zero Tolerance: Dodge Nature Center has the right to dismiss a student without a refund for violating the no tolerance policy for physical and verbal violence. Dodge must remain a safe and friendly environment for all of our students and staff.
Fees to Avoid: Cancellation requests must be made at least one week prior to the start of the program to qualify for a refund. All cancellations include a $50 processing fee per program. No transfers are permitted. *There is a $5 dollar late charge each 15 minutes after check-out ends at 3:15 p.m.

Event Details
Age Grades 3-5
Cost $115
Date(s)
Event Series
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2020
Time 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location Main Property, Main Office Entrance 1
365 Marie Avenue W, West St. Paul, MN 55118
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