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Dodge Nature Center

Inspiring commitment to the thoughtful care of the environment.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 3/13/2012
325 Marie Ave. W.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651-455-4531
Fax: 651-455-2575
Other Names Used Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center
EIN 41-6081794
Principal Staff Jason Sanders, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 26
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Clients Served 45,000
Tags / Keywords Conservation & Protection, Botanical & Horticultural, Beautification, Environment, Animal Protection & Care
General Information
Board Chair Jim McCarty
Number of Board Members 25
Board meetings with quorum 7
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 18.14
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Dodge offers a variety of community education programs that benefit people of all ages. The Dodge Nature Preschool, one of the premiere nature-based preschools in the country, uses the inherent wonder, complexity, and beauty of the natural world as a catalyst for a child's growth and development. Environmental curricula for school groups is available on 35 different topics throughout the year. During the school year, Dodge Nature Center offers several after-school programs that are designed to excite Kindergartners through eighth graders about nature, science, and land restoration. Offered during the summer and when school is on break, Dodge camps send children on a fun-filled adventure where they gain an appreciation for nature and participate in hands-on recreational, nature, and agriculture-based activities. Dodge hosts evening and weekend community programs and events, including three community festivals. Designed specifically for seniors, the OWLS program teaches older adults about the natural environment in Dodge’s beautiful setting. The educational farm helps explain the significant role agriculture plays in our daily lives and our environment, and makes for a unique learning experience. New this year is a newly-installed wind turbine that has added a sustainable energy program.
Current Goals
At Dodge, the passionate staff and volunteers inspire an excitement and interest in nature and the outdoors that is not only vital to a child’s development, but also to building their respect and appreciation for our environment. The Dodge experience allows children to see first-hand the natural science they read about in the classroom, and they leave Dodge excited about the chicken they held, the insect they discovered, and the different types of animal ‘scat’ they can now identify and dazzle their family with during dinner conversation. With hard work and community support, Dodge seeks exemplary results in offering beautiful natural spaces, providing environmental education, sharing the results of preserving and conserving a pristine natural environment, and supporting a small, working farm that demonstrates responsible agriculture and food choices.
Community or Constituency Served
Dodge serves children and adults of all ages including preschoolers, school-aged children ages 6-12, teens, adults, college-aged students, parents, non parents, and seniors.
Geographic Area Served
Dodge draws participation from across the Twin Cities metro area; however 70% of students and other visitors come from Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington Counties in Minnesota.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,574,887 79.5%
Management: $279,294 14.1%
Fundraising: $126,817 6.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $5,111,243 $4,867,754 $5,046,828
Beginning of Year $4,867,754 $5,046,828 $6,725,198
Difference $243,489 ($179,074) ($1,678,370)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $5,111,243
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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