A birthday party at Dodge Nature Center lasts two hours. The first hour of the party includes an age-and seasonally-appropriate Nature Center activity led by a naturalist. The second hour includes access to our one room schoolhouse where your group can play games, eat cake and ice cream, open presents, etc. The Nature Center does not provide games, decorations, treats, or entertainment during the second hour of the party. Birthdays parties at Dodge are appropriate for children 3 years and older.
Birthday parties can be held:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Reservations should be made a minimum of two weeks before the desired date of your party. Please email the Nature Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
651-455-4531 to check availability.
Aquatics. Discover the critters that live in water here at the Dodge ponds. (3 yrs and older; Spring and Summer)
Insects. We will explore the prairie using nets and hike around Dodge to find some of Minnesota’s smallest residents. (3 yrs and older; Summer and Fall)
Animal Tracks & Kicksledding Look for scat, tracks, and animal homes, followed by a visit to the pond trying your skills on the kicksleds. (4 yrs and older; Winter)
Animal Tracks & Signs Hike Dodge in search of homes, tracks, scat, and more. (5 yrs and older)
Scavenger Hunt Explore Dodge while searching for a variety of nature’s treasures. (5-8 yrs)
Reptiles & Amphibians Get up close and personal with turtles, frogs, snakes and more. (3 yrs and older; Indoors)
Minnesota Wildlife Learn about your wild neighbors. See animal artifacts and meet some of Minnesota’s wild animals. (3-8 yrs)
Down on the Farm Learn what happens on a farm, meet some of the animals, and jump in the straw. (3 yrs and older)
Outdoor Adventures Climb “Challenge Hill”, build forts, and explore the woods. (4-8 yrs)
Wilderness Skills Learn how to build shelters and fires for survival situations. Bring hotdogs to roast over the fire for lunch. (9 yrs and older)
Fees (For maximum of 15 children):
$65 Nature Center Members
The member rate applies to families with a current $60 annual family membership.
Consider becoming a member of Dodge Nature Center by calling and requesting an application at 651-455-4531 or check our website at www.dodgenaturecenter.org. For only $20 over the non-member rate, you’ll receive the following benefits:
Can we bring more than 15 children? Due to staff and space, birthday parties are limited to 15 children.
Are extra adults allowed to stay? Seating will comfortably fit the 15 children. There is some space throughout the room for extra adults that would like to stay.
Is there a refrigerator/freezer? No, however there is running water and electricity in the schoolhouse.