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Address: 365 Marie Avenue West, West Saint Paul, MN 55118
Phone Number: +1 651-455-4531
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:30

The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center is an environmental education and...

The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center is an environmental education and habitat restoration organization located in West St. Paul. Over the past 40-plus years, Dodge has seen more than one million children and their families pass through our gates, each one leaving with a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around us.

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Beautiful and Serene

One of my favorite places to just walk and commune with nature. It is stunningly beautiful. The trails are well laid out and are easily walkable no matter where you are in your... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2016
Lisa H
Maplewood, Minnesota
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite places to just walk and commune with nature. It is stunningly beautiful. The trails are well laid out and are easily walkable no matter where you are in your fitness. If you go in the late afternoon make sure to use bug spray as the mosquitos are a plenty.

Thank Lisa H
West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A nice place for walking and enjoying nature. Dodge Nature Center has prairies, hardwood forest, wetland, hiking trails and more. They provide experiences in nature through environmental education and have an onsite preschool. Events, programs, and volunteer opportunities are available for all ages. They have four raptors that are unable to be released, I go there for drawing practice. I've... More 

Thank Kathleen M
West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This was place is awesome I get a good workout and I have fun. It was really fun and I learned a lot but two things I don't like is you can't have dogs there and you can't ride your bike.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We attended a festival at the Dodge Nature Center and had a great time! There was live bands, pony rides, a bounce house, tug o war, face painting, walking tacos, ice cream, and a bake sale to list just a few activites as well as information on nature and taking care of animals and the earth. Perfect for children! Shady... More 

Thank Wanda S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

I grew up in the area and recently returned because I had so many great memories as a child. They have raptors, lakes, hiking trails, and a farm. Great place to explore as a child and as an adult. They have great programs for all ages that highlights different aspects of the outdoors. It is a great oasis in the... More 

Thank Ella W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

I have been here a few times but only on self guided tours. The trails are good and well maintained. They have a few live raptors that are very cool to see up close.and it is fun to watch the farm animals too.

Thank Adam H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2014

It's an incredibly beautiful place, and so cool that it's free -- but the model farm is anything but. Maybe it would be a model a few decades ago, but it gives kids and even adults an impression that their food comes from pretty places with animals with heaps of room and TLC next to a cute red barn. Awwww....... More 

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Have been here in all seasons. It is a spectacularly beautiful, free place to walk around. You can also check for programs. But just as a place to walk, spring summer or fall, it is incredibly beautiful.

Thank Seniordad
Burnsville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

Very organized, lots of alternative energy activities for kids to do. Staff very knowledgeable. Trails to hike and water creatures to find.

Thank KPichelman
South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

Dodge Nature Center provides elementary and preschool city kids with an introduction to farm life and instills a real appreciation for the environment around us. In addition, by allowing anyone to use the trails, they offer folks in the area a chance to "get out into nature" just minutes from their own homes.

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