Dodge Field Trip FAQ
|Students||$6 per student, per program|
|Teachers & Chaperones||No charge, with one adult per five children ratio. $6 per additional adults.|
|Paraprofessionals||No charge (should not be counted in the adult to child ratio)|
|Groups of 10 students or fewer||Minimum fee of $60|
|Payment Due||Two weeks prior to a program, unless otherwise discussed.|
|Scholarships||Available to those who qualify|
Schedule a Field Trip
Total Payment is due two weeks prior to your scheduled visit and must be mailed to Dodge Nature Center along with the payment enclosure form or a copy of the invoice. To make a payment by credit card please call 651-789-5215.
If a cancellation is made 30 or more days prior to the program date, you will be assessed a $50 processing fee. If a cancellation is made within 30 days of the scheduled visit, the full program fee must be paid.
What about the weather?
Dodge Nature Center does NOT cancel classes due to inclement weather. Staff will modify programs to keep students safe when conditions are severe.
How should we dress for our program?
Dodge Nature Center programs include activities that require the participants to be outside and active. Please check the weather forecast and make sure that your group is dressed appropriately for their experience at the nature center. Closed-toe footwear that can handle mud and water is essential. Long pants are also recommended. For winter months participants are encouraged to wear boots, warm coats, hats and mittens. Rain gear is suggested in spring and fall. Additionally, during summer months, please apply bug spray before arriving.
How do I adjust the number of students attending?
If adjustments in student numbers are necessary, please contact the Schedule Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit. Schools or groups adjusting student numbers less than two weeks prior to their scheduled visit will be charged for the total number of students originally registered, unless the number has increased. It is important to note that it may not be possible to accommodate a large increase in students on short notice. Dodge Nature Center does not give refunds for students that are not able to attend the day of a field trip.
What happens if my group arrives late?
Dodge Nature Center cannot alter the time of your scheduled program and does not reduce fees if your group’s program is shortened due to your late arrival. A group scheduled and confirmed that does not show up will be charged the full program amount.
Can we come out for a self-guided trip?
All pre-arranged or organized groups of 7 or more people (including children) must call in advance to request permission for use of outdoor facilities and spaces. Certain fees may apply. Please call 651-455-4531 to schedule your visit. Dodge Nature Center is a carry-in, carry-out facility. Please keep the grounds clean and free of debris by taking with you what you brought.