Shepard Farm

Cottage Grove, MN

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.

Restrooms are open daily. Trails are free to explore every day, from sunrise to sunset.

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Lots for you to do!

Hike the mile-long trail

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.

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Learn at naturalist-led programs

Offered monthly for all ages

Activities Calendar

Spark creativity in the forge

Blacksmithing classes offered for adults 16+

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Garden and grow

Grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers in community gardens

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Be a beekeeper

Rent space for your hives

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Directions & Parking

8946 70th Street S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

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

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

Things to know before you visit.

Visitor Guidelines

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