If you can't come to Prairie Woods, let Prairie Woods come to you!
We understand, with bussing and chaperones, that it can be difficult for some to make a trip to Prairie Woods. If your organization is within an hour drive of Prairie Woods, please consider our outreach programs. Just like our "on-site" programs, we can create a program that works for your interests, space, and time needs.
A special note for our friends in Wright and Stearns Counties: Wright and Stearns County Parks are working with PWELC to fulfill a grant from the Greater MN Parks and Trails Commission with funding made possible through the Legacy Amendment. Call Kory or Steve to discuss options for programs in Wright and Stearns County Parks!
Through studying pelts and skulls, students learn about adaptations among our native mammals.
Along the way, we’ll learn how animals move, what they eat, where they live, and much more.
Initiative Games teach communication, creative problem solving, cooperation and critical thinking skills. Activities illustrate the complexity and interrelatedness of natural systems and provide a fun way to prepare for meeting the challenges of daily life.
Let’s stay found! Students will learn the basics of how to find and shoot bearings using a compass, as well as how to navigate in a straight line. Got it? Test your skills in outdoor (or large indoor space) activities and games.
Predator & Prey .
The complex relationships between predators and prey are made fun and interesting through simulation games. Students have their own roles to play as we learn about population dynamics and survival strategies.
The Water Cycle
Learn where the water is and where it goes. Act out the parts of the water cycle then go on a journey as a water molecule. Finish by writing your life story as a water molecule. We also have ecoscapes (runoff models) that we can bring to your classroom.
Snowshoeing – (weather and space permitting)
If you have the snow and space then we have the snowshoes and can bring them to you. Students will have the opportunity to try their hand (or feet) at snowshoeing.
Lorax Puppet Show
Watch Dr. Seuss's The Lorax come to life in a live puppet show. Students will learn the lessons of the Lorax, the Onceler, the Truffala Trees and all the other friends that lived in the "grickle grass". A short discussion will be held after the performance. Can be done for a classroom or large audience. (Due to the gererosity of an anonymous donor, discounts are available while funds last)
When it comes to water, we're all in the same boat! With Prairie Woods' outreach education program, you can explore a lake or river near your school in our 34-foot voyageur canoe. You and your students can explore a lake or river near your school and learn about water. The Eco-Voyageur program is open to individual classes (15-30 students) or entire grade levels.
WRIGHT AND STEARNS COUNTY PROGRAMS
Summer Program Kick Off Day for Wright County Parks
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Wright County Parks and the Camp Mantiou YMCA for an outdoor recreation event at Bertram Chain of Lakes. Experience the Prairie Woods ELC fleet of Canoes, Kayaks, and the 34’ Voyageur Canoe. The Prairie Woods ELC Theater will also be presenting the LORAX Puppet Show.
Date: Saturday, June 17th 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Throughout the summer Wright County Parks will offer the “Paddle Wright” series.
“Paddle Wright” will be a variety of paddling options guided by Prairie Woods Environmental learning Center. All programs are 2 hours in duration. Equipment and instruction will be provided. Pre-registration required along with signed waiver. Minors must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
-17 foot Canoes (2-4 people per boat). This program will be for people ages 8 years old and up.
-10 foot sit upon Kayaks (1 person per boat). This program will be for people 11 years old and up.
-34 foot Voyageur Canoe (18 person Max). This program will be for all ages.
$5/person max $15 for families.
Friday, June 9th 2017 from 7:15pm-9:15pm. 34ft Voyageur Full Moon Canoe at Collinwood.
Wednesday, June 21st 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Canoe Bertram Chain of Lakes
Wednesday, July 19th 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Kayak Bertram Chain of Lakes
Monday, August 7th 2017 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. 34ft Voyageur Full Moon Canoe at Bertram.
Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.Kayak Bertram Chain of Lakes
Summer Program Kick Off Day for Stearns County Parks
Join Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and Stearns County Parks for an outdoor recreation event at Warner Lake County Park. Experience the Prairie Woods ELC Kayaks, the 34’ Voyageur Canoe and the 26’ Mobile Rock Climbing Wall. The Prairie Woods ELC Theater will also be presenting the LORAX Puppet Show.
Date: Friday, June 16th 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
STEARNS COUNTY BIG CANOE CRUISES
Just out for a cruise….IN A 34 FOOT CANOE. Join Stearns County Parks and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning center to help row, row, row our boat as we cruise around lakes in Stearns County Parks. We will provide the boat, life jackets, paddles, and nature interpretation. All you have to do is provide the motor. *Pre-registration is required for all participants along with signed waiver. Minors must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Ages: all ages
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017
Where: Lake Koronis Regional Park boat access
Cost: Program paid for by the grant obtained by Stearns and Wright Counties from the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission with funds provided from the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Date: Sunday, July 23rd 2017
Where: Warner Lake County Park Access.
Intro to Rock Climbing at Quarry Park
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Staff will provide all of the facilitation and equipment. All skill levels are welcome. Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace. Rock Climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights!
Adult Climb: Wednesday, June 28th 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Youth / Family Climb: Wednesday, July 26th 2017 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Adult Climb: Wednesday, August 30th 2017 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Climb the Prairie Woods Pinnacle at Quarry Park. Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00-3:00pm
For information on other classes that may be available or to discuss a customized program for your school or group contact:
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
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