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.
Current information and photos
|Current News and Events
|Trail Conditions: All trails have been packed, groomed & tracked. The Trail Head will be open this Saturday & Sunday (2/16 & 2/17) from Noon - 5pm. Equipment rental is $5 for members or students. $15 for non-members. Become a Prairie Woods member for $30 individual or $45 family--- and ski, snowshoe or kicksled rental is free the first day!
Prairie Woods Winter Fun Day (RED SLEDS & YELLOW SNOW) was a blast! A HUGE thanks to all the volunteers and exhibitors that pulled off the event. Thank you to all the visitors that decided to embrace the snow.
up next...Earth Day Celebration - April 13th 8am-1pm
Prairie Woods, in partnership with local watersheds, Kandiyohi Soil & Water District & MPCA, presents a day of food, activity, fun & information. FREE community event. Pancakes at 8-10am. The Audubon Center of the North Woods will have a live animal presentation at 9 &11am. Sloppy joes & hotdogs for sale 11-1pm. Exhibits, activities, information on how to "green your life" from 8am-1pm.
also check out...The Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale - April 13th 8am-1pm
Yes, same day as Earth Day! Doing some spring cleaning & don't know what to do with that old bike, camping gear, fishing pole, boat, four wheeler??? Donate it to Prairie Woods for the Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale. Looking for some used outdoor gear??? Check out the sale and see what you've been missing! Call to donate 320-354-5894
Click on "Programs and Events" above to check out our calendar of interesting and fun programs.
Check Facebook for recent photos and other updates.
Prairie Woods on the go! The Big Canoe, the Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, the enviro-puppet theatre and the Yellow Boats Project will be 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 planned and past activities and give us a call to schedule a PWELC program for your group or community festival.
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 come to your school or community event. (ask about discounted Lorax performance due to an anonymous donor)
***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.
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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