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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

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

Earth Day Celebration - April 22, 2017    8am - 1pm
Start the day out with a free will donation pancake & sausage breakfast. Stay for the many exhibits, booths, presentations & activites about how to "Green Our Lives". At 9am there will be a presentation on the Ag Water Quality Certification process followed by a panel discusion. This year's main, family, presentation will be the Zoomobile with some live critters at 10:30. Sloppy Jos will be available for purchase for lunch & 4H will be selling snacks throughout the day. Great FREE event for the whole family. Poster for Details  News Release
Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale - April 22, 2017     8am - 1pm
Doing a little spring cleaning? Wondering what to do with that slightly used fishing/camping/hunting/biking/skiing/boating/paddleing/outdoor gear? Donate it to our Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale! We will even make arrangements to pick it up for you. After cleaning out some space, come to the sale to see what others have donated & take home a new treasure for yourself. All proceeds go to youth programs at PWELC. To donate call 320-354-5894.

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
Nothing at PWELC "just happens."  Good things happen only when people like YOU help to make them happen.   We need you to help make the pavilion happen!   If you would like to "buy a piece of the pavilion" please contact Exec. Director, Dave Pederson at 320-354-5894.

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 (ask about discounted Lorax performance due to an anonymous donor) 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.