Dodge Nature Center is the perfect place to host a variety of events including business retreats, community gatherings, and catered events.
This charming farm house is equipped with the latest technology, ideal for meetings and events to seat up to 60 guests.
Overlooking the pond and boardwalk, the Aerie is perfect for your next gathering to seat up to 100 guests.
Dodge Nature Center is a Zero Waste facility. Recycling and Compost disposal bins will be provided to renter for all events. Instructions for proper sorting of waste will be posted and provided to renters. It is the renters responsibility to ensure all event guests understand how to properly dispose of waste on-site. One landfill waste bin will be provided for events to prevent waste stream contamination. All landfill waste generated by renters must be hauled off site at the end of the event. Any recycling or compost waste stream contamination will result in a $500 fine.
Dodge Nature Center is a Zero Waste facility. Renters are welcome to bring food or hire an outside catering service of their choosing, but all caterers must be approved in advance by Dodge staff. Rental of the Aerie includes use of the kitchen, which is equipped with a residential-style refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave. The kitchen is equipped to meet a caterer’s needs, but should you decide to provide your own food service the kitchen is not designed for cooking by rental parties. Access to the kitchen is limited to rental hours. The Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center is equipped with water access and coffee makers in each room, but there is no kitchen space in this building. Renters using the Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center will have access to the kitchen attached to the Aerie across a driveway.
Renters are responsible for all linens, serving items and tableware items. Dodge requires the use of green catering practices, limiting the number of one-time use items consumed on site and reducing the amount of waste generated at events. The use of washable dinnerware, cutlery, glassware, linens, and linen napkins OR compostable dishware is required for all events, self-catered or hired. Renters can request the use of washable dinnerware provided by Dodge, with renters responsible for the cleaning of these items at the end of their event. Compostable dishware can be purchased through Dodge. Dodge is happy to provide renters with a list of recommended caterers and suppliers.
Alcohol usage is strictly prohibited on Dodge property when students are present for educational programs (8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday). If alcohol is to be sold, a caterer with the appropriate liquor license/permit and liability insurance is required and must be submitted to Dodge prior to the event. If alcoholic beverages are not being sold a license is not needed, but renters are restricted to serving only wine, beer or champagne (absolutely no exceptions). A licensed bartender is required to serve any alcohol other than wine, beer or champagne. Alcohol may not be consumed by anyone under the legal age of 21. Valid identification may be requested of any guest at any time during an event where alcohol is being served.
Dodge requires renters to hire a peace officer through the City of West St. Paul Police Department to be on-site for all events if alcohol is being served, from the time alcohol service begins until the end of the event. Food must be served in conjunction with alcohol. All alcohol service must end at least half an hour prior to the end of the event and no later than 11:00 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center is a tobacco and smoke free environment. As an educational facility and nature center, it is imperative that no use of tobacco occurs on our premises as it is harmful for our animals and ecosystem, and against our standards as an educational center. All forms of tobacco use are strictly prohibited, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, etc. Renter will be fined for any damage and/or cleanup resulting from any tobacco use occurring during Renter’s event.
Cancellations made 270 days or more prior to the date of use will be refunded 100% of the total rate
Cancellations made 150 – 269 days prior to the date of use will be charged 25% of the total rate
Cancellations made 149 – 30 days prior to the date of use will be charged 50% of the total rate
All cancellations made less than 30 days from the date of use are non-refundable
No refunds will be given for reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, condition of grounds, or forced cancellation due to failure to follow the terms and conditions in Dodge Nature Center’s rental contract.
A refund of fees will be given in the unlikely event that Dodge Nature Center is officially closed due to life-threatening weather, a declared state of emergency, unsafe environmental or health conditions, and/or interruption of utility services. In such an event, the renter agrees that Dodge shall have no responsibility for anything the renter may suffer or incur due to such a cancellation.
Dodge Nature Center offers complimentary parking in three lots on the Main Property:
– 50 parking spots in the parking lot at 1701 Charlton Street
– 40 parking spots in the Dodge Nature Preschool parking lot at 1715 Charlton Street
– 24 parking spots in the parking lot at 365 Marie Avenue W
Please be aware that all parking spots may not be available for your event. The parking lots are open for public use and Dodge cannot reserve parking. If you have a large number of guests additional parking may be available; please contact Dodge to discuss your options.
Guests and equipment may be dropped off in front of the Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center and the Education Building, but no vehicles are allowed to park in front of these buildings due to fire lanes. Any vehicles left unattended in front of the buildings will be subject to towing at the owners expense.