Dodge Nature Center

Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center encompasses 4 metro nature destinations. The main property in West St. Paul is a 110 acres of environmental education preserve that opened to the public in 2000 as a nature pre-school. The entire 110 acres serves to connect children to nature through creative play in the outdoors.

Dodge Nature Center is a non-profit organization and developments in nature-based play within the organization are on-going dependent on donations.


  • Loose Materials for Building

  • Climbing Area

  • Natural Water Areas

  • Open Field

  • Music Area

  • Garden

  • Wildlife Habitats

  • Sit Spots- Quiet Areas

  • Interpretive Signage

  • Naturalist-led programs

  • *The main goal of this space is to encourage outdoor play without instruction.

Installation Details

  • Cost: On-going and donation dependent.

  • Designer: This play area was designed in-house

  • General Contact for Questions: 651-455-4531