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 may look different than past years because of a planned construction project in our playscape. Updated information about Summer 2024 availability, registration, etc. should be available in early 2024.

See below for information about what was offered for the summer of 2023.

Summer Program

The 2023 summer session runs from June 26 through August 8 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.
Dig, slide, swing and climb on the Dodge Nature Preschool playground.

To qualify, children must be three years of age by June 15, 2023. Children who have already attended kindergarten are not eligible for preschool summer camp.

Summer Calendar

March 1, 2023 – Online Summer Application available. Placements made on an ongoing basis.
June 26, 2023 – Summer Program Begins.
July 4, 2023 – No Summer Program, Fourth of July Holiday.
August 8, 2023 – Last day of Summer Program.

Summer Sessions for 3- to 5-year-olds

Choose from summer mornings or afternoons June 26 through August 8.

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. – $1,100

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., Wed. & Fri. – $810

Afternoon Session
12:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Mon. through Thurs. – $1,100

Summer Applications

How to Apply

Join Us for an Information Session


Have older campers? Check out Dodge's Summer Camps for children entering Grades 1-8.

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