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365 Marie Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55118, Main Entrance
1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN 55118, Farm Entrance
1715 Charlton St., West St Paul, MN 55118, Preschool Entrance
Admission: $0.00
Fees for Programs Vary
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Tue. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wed. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thu. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fri. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sat. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sun. 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Park Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset;

The unique Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul-Mendota Heights is ideal for an unstructured ramble outside, and also offers educational programming in their beautiful farm buildings. There is a charge for the programs, but a family walk through the Dodge property costs nothing and the trails are open to the public during daylight hours seven days a week.

Dodge Nature Center

Here's what you might find on your walk:

  • A working farm - Dodge Nature Center keeps farm animals to educate and during the warmer months, it's possible to observe them in their yards. You can't access any of the barns or go beyond the fenceline without participating in a program (which we have done - and it's great!), but you can still get close to the animals.

  • Wildlife - we trailed turkeys, spotted turtles from the boardwalk, and checked out the raptor exhibit.

Wild Turkey at Dodge Nature Center
Dodge Nature Center

  • Ingredients for nature play - in our wandering we found hills to scale, natural bridges, and plenty of building materials. There was even a nature playground that is used daily by the onsite Dodge Nature Center Preschool, but I was assured the public is welcome to play when school's not in session (sorry, I couldn't get a picture of it, but my own preschooler would have loved it).

Dodge Nature Center Play Aea

Indoor Activities at Dodge Nature Center

Moving indoors, Dodge Nature Center offers all kinds of classes, tours and events aimed at a wide span of ages. We have, for instance, taken part in their homeschool science classes, taken farm tours through St. Paul ECFE, and observed other parent-child programs.

Birthday Parties at Dodge Nature Center

Families can book birthday parties at the center for up to 15 children. Parties include time with a naturalist and access to the schoolhouse. You can choose between a variety of naturalist programs.

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