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


For: Adults
Time: Weekdays during the school year
Location: Main Property in West St. Paul
Assist in providing environmental education programs to school groups outdoors in every season. Engage students in farm and agricultural life, search for animal tracks and signs, and discover native Minnesota wildlife and plants.

Ages vary, but students are primarily in K-6th grade. Teaching experience is helpful but not necessary; enthusiasm is required! Training and feedback are provided by professional naturalist staff.

Trail Walker

For: Adults
Time: 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.

Summer Camp Counselor

For: Teens 15+
Time: 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 a memorable camper experience.

After submitting 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.

Looking to volunteer with your group?

Group Service Project Application

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