Campers have fun while gaining appreciation for nature by meeting live animals, building forts, and getting their hands dirty.

How to Register

New online registration has begun for Camps! If you are not applying for a scholarship, follow these steps. To register:
1. Fill out the Camper Registration Form.
2. Select the desired camp below.
3. Complete the payment form under the ‘Register Now’ section.

Please note your registration is not secured until both the Camper Registration Form and payment are completed. If you have any questions or run into issues with this new process, reach out to us at or 651-455-4531.

Interested in Scholarships? Find more information here. If you have more specific questions, reach out to Pete Cleary, Director of Environmental Education, at or 651-789-5205.

Spring Break Camps

March 2020

Spring Camps for Grades K-8
Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2, 2020
Check-in: 8:15-8:30 a.m.  Check-out: 3:00-3:15 p.m.
Spend spring break outdoors. The weather might be unpredictable, but the forecast shows a 100% chance of fun!

Grades K-1
In the Maple Woods
Nature Detectives Club
Milk and Cookies
Bird Bonanza

Grades 2-4
Pizza, Popcorn and Pancakes
Eyes on the Sky
Maple Syrup Time
Lumberjack Camp

Grades 5-8
Cast Iron Chef
Animal Care 101

Registration will close Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Summer Camps

June - August 2020

Summer Camps for children entering Grades 1-8
See Dodge Nature Preschool for Pre-K
June 22 – August 13, 2020
These four day camps run Monday – Thursday
Check-in: 8:15-8:30 a.m.  Check-out: 3:00-3:15 p.m.
Bring your sense of adventure to camp this summer. New friendships and a sense of independence included in this summer experience!

Grades 1-2
Baa, Cluck, Moo
Forts and Fires – FULL
Minnesota Creature Power – FULL
Intro to Magic – FULL
Into the Wild – FULL
The Nature of Art – FULL
Storybook Adventures – FULL
Weird Science – FULL

Grades 3-5
Fish and Swim – FULL
Dodgé-mon Go! – FULL
Fear Factors
Duct Tape Creations
Down on the Farm – FULL
Myths and Legends – FULL

Grades 5-8
Shepard Farm Overnight

Grades 6-8
Outdoor Skills
Backcountry Expedition

Registration for each camp will close a week before the start date.

Fall Camps

MEA Break October 2020

Fall Camps for Grades K-8
Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
Check-in: 8:15 -8:30 a.m.  Check-out: 3:00-3:15 p.m.
Fall camps are full of energy and seasonal color. Send the kids on over to the nature center during MEA break. Featured camps, dates, and application will be posted in September 2020.

Information You Need to Know

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