Dodge Nature Preschool offers part-day classes for six weeks in the summer for children ages three through five.

Summer 2024

Please note: Summer 2024 will look different than past years because of a construction project on our playground. During construction, we plan to offer many similar experiences in separate areas around the nature center (sandbox, water play, fenced play area, and other options for big-body play).

Summer Calendar

March 1, 2024 – Summer Lottery Open
March 4, 2024 – (8:00 a.m.) Summer Lottery Closes
March 8, 2024 – Summer Lottery Notification
March 11, 2024 – Summer Payment Due
June 24, 2024 – Summer Program Begins
July 4 & 5, 2024 – No Summer Program, Fourth of July Holiday
August 6, 2024 – Last day of Summer Program

Summer Program

The 2024 summer session runs from June 24 through August 6 for children 3 to 5 years old.

– Hike and play through Dodge Nature Center’s prairie, woods, and farm.
– Explore the natural science collections.
– Help grow produce in our garden and cook snacks with our bounty.

To qualify, children must be three years of age by June 15, 2024. Children who have already attended kindergarten are not eligible for preschool summer program.

Mixed-Age Summer Sessions

Choose from summer mornings or afternoons June 24 through August 6.

Morning Sessions
8:45 am to 11:30 am
Tues. & Thurs. – $605
Mon., Wed. & Fri. – $810
Mon. through Fri. – $1,415

Afternoon Sessions
12:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Tues. & Thurs. – $605
Mon. & Wed. – $605
Mon. through Thurs. – $1,175

Ready for Kindergarten

Designed for children entering kindergarten, this camp offers older preschoolers a more focused exploration of nature topics, learning through play, and building social relationships. Outside together, campers will journey and play through the far-reaching corners of Dodge Nature Center. Inside, they will work on art activities, enjoy cooking projects, and read together from favorite chapter books.

Morning Session
8:45 am to 11:30 am
Mon. through Fri. – $1,415

Afternoon Session
12:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Mon. through Thurs. – $1,175

Summer Applications

How to Apply

Join Us for an Information Session


Have older campers? Check out Dodge's Summer Camps for kids entering grades 1–8.

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