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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. 

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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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News and Events

Music Under the Prairie Stars 
We had a great evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising at our 9th Annual Prairie Stars event on Sept. 9, 2016
Thanks to all who participated as guests, committee members and contributors of silent auction items.
The fund-a-need auction raised nearly $15,000 in five minutes toward a new vehicle for our rapidly expanding outreach programs.  

The Prairie Woods Pavilion- The excitement is building!   
Plans are completed for the pavilion and we are finishing up our fundraising efforts in order to complete the project by May 2017. 
Click on this link to see a 3D model of the design in progress: https://skfb.ly/JwYS
If you would like to "buy a piece of the pavilion" please contact Exec. Director, Dave Pederson at 320-354-5894.

Halloween Haunt -  Join us Fri. Oct. 28 for our annual Halloween Haunt! Wear your costume & have a blast climbing the indoor wall, strolling along the enchanted trail, decorating cookies, carving a pumpkin, playing games, having a dance party & more!! $8/child, or max $15/family. Call ahead to register 320-354-5894 (we want to make sure your child gets a pumpkin)

Prairie Woods on the go!   The Big Canoe and the new Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, were very 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 recent activity.
In the coming year we will continue to expand our outreach efforts.  Give us a call if you would like to have the big canoe, portable climbing wall  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.