Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

Dodge Nature Center and Preschool - Nourish Your Need for Nature(TM)

Dodge Nature Center is a privately funded environmental education organization in Minnesota with 4 metro nature destinations located in West St. Paul, Cottage Grove and Mendota Heights. Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, the organization was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota and a pioneer in environmental education. Today, Dodge Nature Center and Preschool are recognized nationally in the field of environmental education.

Free and open to the public, your gift supports over 59,000 experiences each year for people of all ages. Dodge has 460+ acres of prairies, hardwood forest, lakes, wetland, 8 miles of hiking trails, a working farm, 450,000 honeybees, a variety of animals from wildlife to farm animals, and more than 40 curriculum topics in our outdoor classrooms. With your support, we provide unique hands-on nature experiences by getting kids outdoors and creating the next generation of environmental stewards. For more information visit

Our Mission: Providing exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education.

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