Volunteer Opportunities

Share your nature appreciation

Supporting the connection between community and nature is extremely vital, as future generations are at risk of losing touch with the natural world. Dodge volunteers foster nature connections and experiences by sharing their talents, ideas, and diversity of perspectives. You must have a volunteer application on file with the nature center before volunteering.

Help Wanted

Summer Camp Counselor

For: Teens 15+
Time Commitment: Mid-June through early August. Camps run Monday – Thursday, 8:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul or Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove
Enjoy the rewarding experience of being a camp counselor by assisting with naturalist-led activities and acting as a role model for young campers. Help naturalist staff with preparation, activities, group management, and ensuring that the camper experience is memorable.
If you are interested in joining our summer team, submit a volunteer application. Staff will reach out for an informal interview. If accepted, new volunteers are required to attend an orientation/training in early June.

Trail Walker

For: Adults
Time Commitment: All days, any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul
Come join the friendly folks keeping an eye on Dodge’s grounds. You’ll answer questions about the property, give directions and advice on which trail to walk, and help ensure the safety of visitors.


For: Adults
Time Commitment: Weekdays during the school year
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul
Assist in providing environmental education programs to school groups by teaching/leading small group hikes. Ages of students vary, primarily K-6th grade. Teaching experience is helpful, enthusiasm is required. No experience needed. Training and feedback provided by professional naturalist staff.

Looking to volunteer with your group?

Group Service Project Application

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