Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a regional center for environmental education and outdoor recreation located in beautiful Kandiyohi County in west central Minnesota. Thanks for visiting our website!! We provide an exciting array of hands-on learning adventures for all ages, as well as beautiful facilities for meetings and special events. Give us a call and let us customize a program or event for your group.
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To promote an individual and shared commitment to the responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural resources.
We offer customized programs and facilities that help people learn to live well with self, others and the environment.
*Environmental Ed. programs for pre-K thru grade 12 and adults
*Challenge course and teambuilding programs for schools, athletic teams, youth groups, families and corporate groups
*A 500 acre campus featuring: rolling glacial terrain,seven miles of hiking and xc ski trails, prairie,woods and wetlands.
*Great classroom and meeting spaces powered by wind, solar & biomass.
*Outreach programs featuring a 34' voyageur canoe, 26' portable climbing wall, and "Lorax" puppet show.
*An award winning YES! program which is mobilizing youth-led energy action projects across Greater Minnesota.
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|News and Events
Think Snow! Prairie Woods ELC grooms 7 miles of xc ski trail. XC Ski and snowshoe rental available- Just $5 for students and PWELC Members. $15 for non-members. **Trails Are Not Currently Open Due To Lack Of Snow**
5th Annual Prairie Woods Sleigh & Ski Festival- Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 11am-4pm.
Free Chili Feed, Live Music, Horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides, Winter Hobby Share, indoor climbing wall, xc ski, snowshoe and more!
Call us if you would like to share a hobby or winter sport. Join us for family friendly fun!
Prairie Woods on the go! The Big Canoe, the Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, the enviro-puppet theatre and the Yellow Boats Project were busy throughout the region this summer getting kids up off of the couch and into the great outdoors. Click on the Facebook link to see photos of some of the activity from the past year and give us a call to schedule a PWELC program at your event.
Remember.... We Deliver! If you can't come to us, we'll come to you.
Give us a call if you would like to have the big canoe, portable climbing wall, Yellow Boats, xc skis, snowshoes, teambuilding, a variety of environmental ed. programs or the LORAX puppet show (ask about discounted Lorax performance due to an anonymous donor) come to your school or community event.
***WE WANT YOUR SHOES! Please donate your gently worn shoes to PWELC for our WorldWear fundraising project. Ask us about how your school can easily earn Prairie Woods Bucks by collecting shoes for re-use and recycling.
Click here for the World Wear Agreement.
Nothing at PWELC "just happens." Good things happen only when people like YOU help to make them happen. Please support our work with donations of time, talent or funds and join us for some of the exciting programs and events throughout the year.