All photographers (professional or amateur) who conduct posed photography are required to apply for a permit. Nature photography is welcome without a permit. Any photos taken at Dodge Nature Center intended for sale or publication require permission with an applicable fee. Photography is not allowed on Dodge’s Shepard Farm in Cottage Grove at this time, but this will be an option in the future.
Please apply for your permit in advance to avoid the additional fee and to allow us to confirm availability. You may apply for a single-day permit or an annual permit (good for one year after your payment date). Once your application is received and approved, we will send instructions for payment and email your permit. Businesses applying for an annual permit with more than one photographer must pay $10 for each additional person.
Once approved, your permit must be printed or accessible on your mobile device during your media session(s). Natural resources, farms, and other Dodge Nature Center property are not to be damaged, altered, or tampered with; gates must stay closed and buildings cannot be entered. Annual permit holders must request a specific location, date, and time for each photo shoot. All photo shoot requests are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis with a limited number of photo shoots approved for each date.
Thank you for your cooperation.