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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

Due to Covid19-  PWELC Buildings will be closed to visitors, except by appointment, until further notice.  Call today to schedule your PWELC adventure or to reserve a building for your special event.
Current office hours are:  8am-Noon, Monday thru Friday. 
Hiking and biking trails are open, free of charge, to the public during daylight hours.
Please observe social distance guidelines and plan to wear masks if you will be in the buildings.

Fat-Tire bike, kayak, and canoe rentals are available by reservation. 
Please call 320-354-5894 during office hours to make arrangements.

Happy Retirement to Dave Pederson, executive director for 17 years! Thank you is not enough for the incredible dedication you gave to Prairie Woods. An Interim Managemet Team has been established to fill the director duties. If you need to get ahold of Dave, head to the Mill Pond and look out on the water, you'll probably find him there.

Music Under the Prairie Stars-
Due to COVID19, the 2020 Prairie Stars event will not be held at PWELC this September.
Although we are unable to gather for our annual fundraiser we still need and very much appreciate your support!
Please consider making your customary gift to the Prairie Stars to help support the work of PWELC.
THANK YOU!!   We are looking forward to celebrating and gathering with you next year!

Just like many restaurants and other local businesses, COVID19 has caused a substantial hardship for PWELC.   Here are some ways that you can help to support our work:

-Make a donation.
-Buy a membership.
-Set up a program for your family or small group
(sporting clays/kayak/nature classes)
-Rent space for a meeting or gathering.
-Rent fat tire bikes.
(Or all of the above)

Peddle and Paddle the Environment - Got your PPE? PWELC is ready to rent Fat Tire Bikes, Kayaks and Canoes at Prairie Woods. Call to find out how your family can enjoy an outdoor adventure. *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 rock climbing 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.

***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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