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:: Welcome

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:   OPEN to hikers and Kicksledders (not currently groomed for skiing due to lack of snow).   

RED SLEDS (kicksleds) are now available for use at PWELC!
Call 354-5894 during the week (before 2:00 Fridays) to set up a kicksled rental for an evening or weekend.
Kicksled rentals are $5 for students and PWELC members.   $15 for non-members.   First rental is free for new or renewing members!!

About 200 people enjoyed the RED SLEDs at the Spicer Winter Fest kick-off  prior to the castle-lighting ceremony on Jan.19th from 3-5pm.   Check out our Facebook page for some pics.   Look for us again next year at the Winter Fest!  It was an arctic blast!!   

NEXT UP!--  Prairie Woods Winter Fun Day - Sunday Feb. 10, 2019   11am-4pm.   Celebrate winter at Prairie Woods with skiing, snowshoeing,  winter hobby exhibits, music, and a warm bowl of chili and hot chocolate. This year we plan on adding Scandinavian kicksleds to the party!  Exhibits will include fat bikes, beekeepers, homebrewers, woodcarvers, photography and more.   Join us for a great time.   Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a winter hobby to share.

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.  donate shoesAsk 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. 
Our mission:
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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