Shepard Farm

Halloween at Shepard Farm

Carve out your calendar: Halloween Extravaganza flies to Shepard Farm on October 29, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.! The family-friendly afternoon includes nature activities, trick-or-treat trail, wagon rides and more. Stop in for a spell! Preregister online to secure your tickets at $8.

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Your nature destination in Cottage Grove

Welcome to Shepard Farm

Shepard Farm (140 acres) offers a setting unique from other Dodge properties, with 100-year-old woods, 1920s-era historic buildings and barns, restored prairie, large community gardens, a bee apiary and animal pastures. After acquiring it from the Wilder Foundation in 2013, Dodge has thoughtfully developed it to serve as a destination for agricultural and environmental education in Washington County.

Download Shepard Farm Map (PDF)

Trails now open

Come explore the mile-long trail, open sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. The trailhead is marked by a white kiosk to the west of the parking lot. Please leave your dogs at home and secure your bicycles by the parking lot.

Free guided hikes are offered monthly. Register for them and more nature programs for children, adults and families.

Activities Calendar

Lots for you to do!

Hike the trails

Open 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset

View Map and Guide (PDF)

Learn at naturalist-led programs

Monthly guided hikes and more

Activities Calendar

Garden and grow

Grow vegetables, fruits and flowers in community gardens

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Rent space for your bees

Cultivate hives and produce honey

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Directions & Parking

8946 70th Street S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Pedestrians can enter Shepard Farm from paved trails along 70th Street S. and Jamaica Ave.

Vehicles can access the property via a one-way road. Please enter from 70th Street S. and exit on Jamaica Ave. The paved lot offers ample parking for cars; please do not park in the school bus drop-off/pickup loop.

Things to know before you visit.

Visitor Guidelines

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