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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 and a 26' portable climbing wall
*An award winning YES! program which is mobilizing youth-led energy action projects across Greater Minnesota.

Smithsonian Eshibition Jun 25-Aug 7, 2016

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News and Events

Earth Day & Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale
Saturday, April 23 8am - 1pm a collaborative event between Praire Woods ELC &Middle Fork Crow River Watershed, North Fork Crow River Watershed, CROW, MPCA, Kandiyohi County SWCD. Join us for breakfast from 8 - 10 (free will donation) and stay for  exhibits and activities that offer information about water quality, energy efficiency, land management, and information about "greening" your life. This year's presentation will be a live performance of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss presented by the PWELC Puppet Theatre.  The perfect Earth Day message for all ages.
Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale - Now that winter is over, clean out those closets and garages. Put that old fishing, camping, hunting gear to good use again. Donate it to Prairie Woods and a new family can give it a good home.   

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit
coming to PWELC and Kandiyohi County!!  Stay tuned for more details.   PWELC and over 16 partner organizations will be working together to promote wise use, enjoyment and appreciation of water in Kandiyohi County during 2016.    Check out Facebook for updates.

The Prairie Woods Pavilion- The excitement is building!   
Our building committee is working away on a design for the Prairie Woods Pavilion which will be located at the PWELC farmsite.  
With generous early contributions from our Prairie Stars and support pledged by Kandiyohi County we have already raised over $150,000 for the project.
If you would like to "buy a piece of the pavilion" please contact Exec. Director, Dave Pederson at 320-354-5894.
Click on this link to see a 3D model of the design in progress: https://skfb.ly/JwYS

Music Under the Prairie Stars 
Our 9th Annual Prairie Stars event is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2016
Please plan to join in our tradition of great food, fellowship and fundraising!

The NEXT BIG  THING at Prairie Woods is HERE!!!
A 26' 5-climber portable climbing wall from Extreme Engineering arrived on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and became an instant success.

A big thanks to Willmar Area Community Foundation, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Prairie Stars, Cindy Westby Bequest, Minnesota Waterfowl Association- Prairie Pothole Chapter, Roger & Kay Strand and Kandiyohi County for helping to make this project a reality.
Watch for the Prairie Woods Pinnacle at Prairie Pothole Days, Kandiyohi County Fair and other special events in a 75mile radius of PWELC.
Call us if you would like to schedule an outreach program featuring the Prairie Woods Pinnacle and/or the Big Canoe.

Prairie Woods on the go!   The Big Canoe and the new Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, 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 recent activity.  

***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.