Membership & Donations & Supporters

Why Become a Member?
Your membership supports the mission of Prairie Woods, “We will promote an individual and shared commitment to the responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural resources.”

You will be supporting students, scouts, families as they take their first canoe trip, try archery, rock climb, walk through the prairie, dig in the pond, learn about mammals, birds and trees.


Member benefits include:

  • Knowing you are supporting excellent & essential programs
  • Invitation to special events, including the annual Evening Under the Prairie Stars.
  • Copies of our newsletter, the Warbler
  • Updates on Constant Contact
  • Fat Tire Bike Rental Discounts - 2hr rental $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers
  • Paddling Program Discounts 
  • Winter Rental Discounts - Ski, Snowshoe, and Kicksled rentals; $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers

Membership rates

  • Individual: $35
  • Family: $50
  • Organization / Business: Please call for details

Benefactor Membership

  • $100 to $499
  • $500 to $999
  • Lifetime Member: $1,000 or more

Click here to download a membership form. (.pdf 84k) 

Please call or e-mail us for additional information.


Individual Membership $35


Family Membership $50


Benefactor $100

Benefactor $500

Lifetime Membership $1000

Wish List
Prairie Woods depends on the contributions of our community members to meet needs for our programs. If you can provide any of the following needs, please let us know. 

  • Sponsorships for groups to attend Prairie Woods programs range from $1 to $20 per student, and are greatly appreciated.
  • Endowment Contributions in any amount are needed and welcomed
  • Donations for book purchases to expand PW’s library.
  • Donate good used equipment for the Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale
  • 45-60hp diesel tractor w/ loader (used, in good condition)
  • Sit upon kayaks Fullfiled!! Thank You!
  • Smaller front wheel drive or 4 wheel drive economical vehicle for off-site programs.Fullfilled! Thank You!

  • Portable climbing wall for outreach and on-site challenge course programs ($45,000) Fullfilled!! Thank You!

  • Lead gifts for a Prairie Woods pavillion in the farmsite and camper cabins.
  • Apple grinder Fulfilled!! Thank You!
  • Apple press Fulfilled!! Thank You!

Contributor List
Prairie Woods depends on contributors to provide excellent educational opportunities at a reasonable cost. We are committed to offering programs for students at rates that are accessible to all. Our contributors help make this happen. 

Here are some of the Friends of Prairie Woods who have provided support over the years: 

Kandiyohi County
Lakeland Broadcasting
Jennie-O Turkey Store
Earl B. Olson
Heritage Bank
Pioneer Heritage Insurance
Lake Region Bank
ACMC  -  Affiliated Community Medical Centers
Family Practice Medical Center
United Way of West Central MN
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Willmar Area Community Foundation
Atwater State Bank
Duininck Brothers Inc.
Home State Bank
Karen Schneider
Wilt & Betty Croonquist
Ron & Dee Erpelding
Leroy Dahlke
Jeff & Sue Danielson
Engan & Associates
West Central Tribune
West Central Sanitation
Anfinson,Thompson & Co. CPAs
John & Mary Lindstrom
Jeff & LeeAnn Ettinger
Steve Hage
Bob & Pauline Halvorson
Joel & Cathy Halbritter
Boyd & Dina Hengel
Bill & DeeDee Johnson
Bob & Patricia Kaiser
Marcia Kleven 
H. Willard Linder
Steve Linder
Steve & Becky Martinka
Dr. Jim & Colleen Michels 
Doug Mossberg
Dennis & Ruthanne Neeser 
European Energy Connections 
Dave Pederson & Ruth Fairchild
Eleanore Pederson 
Dale & Deb Anderson
Jerome & Elaine Schliep
Joel Schmidt & Amanda Raetzman 
Tim & Denise Smith 
Dr. Roger & Kay Strand
Ben & Louise Thoma
Dr. James & Marilynn Tiede
Clark Vollan
Paul & Sandra Vollan
Paula Vollan
Lakes Area Dental
Northern Factory Sales
Northern State Supply
Bob & Patricia Dols
State Farm Ins- Mick Quinn
Joan & Kevin Quinn
Doug Allen
Dennis & Karen Peterson
Dooley's Petroleum, Inc.
South Central Tent Rental
Three Sisters Furnishings
Dr. Bob & Patricia Kaiser
Jim & Terry Tetzloff
Mike & Judy Tebben
Richar & Betty Larson
Luke & Alison Geiger
Bill & Betty Huff