Dodge Nature Center




St. Paul, MN

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Completed 2005

Team: Shelter (*See History Page)

Designed to recall “Grandma’s Cottage in the Woods” this preschool is set within the beautiful Dodge Nature Center & Farm in West Saint Paul, MN. Large icons of home and secure surroundings (massive wood trusses, fieldstone foundation, and hardwood floors) mixed with child-sized nooks and windows create a truly welcoming environment. The goal is to soften the transition from home to school. A variety of textures, window heights, and places to explore engage the children with the building and encourage them to connect with this place. Things such as a butterfly garden and binoculars set-up to view a muskrat lodge continually draw the students to the natural surroundings.