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
Intro to Cross Country Skiing - PWELC will provide all equipment and instruction for theses classes.
Please have height, weight, and shoe sizes information available when pre-registering so that we can provide the proper equipment for participants.
Date: Saturday, January 20th
Ages: 5 and older
Where: Warner County Park (Stearns)
Time: 9:00-12:00 (2 - 1.5 hour sessions)
Date: Tuesday, January 23rd
Ages: 5 and older
Where: Quarry Park (Stearns)
WRIGHT 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.
Date: Saturday, June 9th 2018
Where: Collinwood County Park (Wright)
Time: 10:00-12:00 (2 -1 hour paddles)
Date: Sunday, June 16th 2018
Where: Schroeder Count yPark (Wright)
Time: 10:00-12:00 (2 - 1 hour paddles)
Bertram Family Campout
PWELC will provide the tent and smores. You provide the family.
This will be an entry level introducation to camping. We will help you set up a tent, start a fire, and teach how to roast the perfect marshmellow.
Date: Friday-Saturday, June 22nd-23rd
Where: Bretram Chain of Lakes County Park (Wright)
Event 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 and the 26’ Mobile Rock Climbing Wall.
Date: Saturday, July 21st 2018
Where: Warner County Park
Time: 10:00pm - 12:30pm
Mother Nature Done Wright- a mother/child program
This will be the chance for Mom's to hang out with their child(ren) outside and enjoy some quality nature time with them.
We will play games with nature lessons, start fires, and roast marshmellows.
Date: Friday, August 17th
Where: Bertram Chain of Lakes County Park (Wright)
Intro to Rock Climbing at Quarry Park
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
***Keep checking for updates on Stearns and Wright County Kayak River Trips.***
Planing is underway for 2 kayak river trips on both the Sauk River and the North Fork of the Crow River.
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
Schedule a Program