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Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center :: Public Events



Current / Upcoming Youth and Public Programs

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

All attendees must register in advance.     Call (320) 354-5894 to register.


Night Hike

Grade 4 and up

Find out what goes bump in the night. During the hike we will learn how animals, including people, rely on their senses in the dark. We will also cover other topics that come stars (hopefully.)
Meet at the barn
Date: Friday, September 26th.

Time: 7:30-9:00pm

Cost: $5

Halloween Haunt

Grades K-5
This Halloween party is the most fun of the year.

Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail, carve a pumpkin, and decorate a cookie.
Climb the indoor wall in your Halloween costume.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Friday, October 31st                     

Time: 6:00-9:00pm         

Cost: $8





We hope that the Gary Westby Educational Shotgun Shooting Range will be Open in early April this year (2014)

After School Archery Club
Grades 5 and up 

It is a lot of fun learning and practicing the skill of archery. We will be using compound bows to improve our skills.  We will play games, shoot 3-d targets, do Olympic style archery, use the atl-atl’s, all while aiming to have a great time.  Equipment will be provided.

Dates: Tuesday, September 9, 16, 23



3D Deer Archery Shoot

Grades: 5th and up

If you have a couple archery seasons under your belt or are thinking about hunting deer with a bow and arrow for the first time---This class is for you. This class is a chance to add new or develop existing deer hunting archery skills.  We will talk about shooting form, judging distance, ethical shooting, and tracking deer. Then we will go out and practice the skills on some 3D deer targets.

Date: Fri, June 27

Time: 9-12

Cost: $15

Pheasants Forever Shooting Camp
For youth that have completed DNR firearm safety.
.22 and sport clay shotgun shooting.
In addition to shooting, there will be lunch and doorprizes
Date: Saturday, August 23rd
Time: 8:00am-1:00pm
Cost: FREE
Contact Lee Thompson at PF for more information.
(320) 894-6617


Game Day at the Pioneer Cabin

Ages: 3rd – 6th Graders

Who's up for some friendly competition? After dressing up as a Pioneer, unplug for an afternoon of blind man's bluff, three legged race, graces(hoop and stick), and many more games. If it's raining out we'll see how you do at jack's, pick up sticks, and card games.

Date:Thursday, September 25th

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm

Cost: $6 per person



Story Hour at the Pioneer Cabin

Ages: K-3rd Graders

Come to the Pioneer Cabin at Prairie Woods! Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like. We will take a page out of the book and do an activity that Laura did. Kids, ask your parents if they want to come too!

Date: Thursday, Oct 23rd

Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm

Cost: $5.00 per child (adults free)



Ornaments for Kids

Ages: 3rd - 6th grade

Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Pioneer Cabin. During your visit you can dress up as a pioneer and get creative while making holiday decorations.
Stay warm with some hot cider.

Date: Tuesday, November 18th

Time: 4-5:30pm

Cost: $8

Ornaments for Adults
Ages: Adults and families
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Pioneer Cabin. Picture this: a cozy 1870's cabin with a fire in the woods burning stove, the smell of hot cider filling the room, and you using your creativity to design your own straw ornament. A Scandinavian tradition.
Date: Thursday, December 4th
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $10



Birthday Parties at the Log Cabin

Looking for a unique idea for a birthday party? Why not celebrate your birthday like a pioneer? Dress as a pioneer and play games from the 1800s. We’ll even make a toy to bring home. Choose from a variety of activities including making ice cream. Call PWELC 354-5894 to plan your pioneer birthday party!


Squirrel Social
Grades: 1-6
We are going nuts at PWELC. So we need some squirrels....flying squirrels. Come join us and get your chance to try the ride that lets you swing through the treetops like a Flying Squirrel. We will also learn something about teamwork, safety, and trying our best.
Date: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 3:30-5:00
Cost: $10



Join us in June our Annual Jesse John Mithaugen Victory Run. Let's try to double last years size—everyone bring a friend and spread the word. It will be a great day filled with celebration, families, memories of Jesse and others.

Past results of the 5K run are posted on

Summer Camps

Youth and Public Programs

Forkhorn Camp I
Forkhorn campers will sleep in tents under the stars as they learn beginning hunter skills. This camp is designed to provide extensive hands-on instruction in basic firearm safety and shooting techniques. MN DNR firearm safety is a part of this camp. It also includes: Beginning rifle, shotgun, and archery instruction,whitetail deer ecology, outdoor survival skills, and hunters ethics
Date: June 15-19, 2014
Time: Check-in Sunday at 3pm, check-out Thursday by 1pm
Ages: 11-15
Cost: $380 ($100 nonrefundable deposit due at registration)

Forkhorn Camp II
Forkhorn II is an advanced forkhorn camp for youth who are graduates of forkhorn I or have completed their DNR Firearm Safety Training. This camp will go beyond the basics. Participants will be certified in MN Bow Hunters Education Program.
In order to be certified in MN DNR Bow Hunters Education participants are required to complete class on-line prior to the start of camp and have purchased a Bow Hunters Education All Day Field and Range Voucher.
Date: June 22-26, 2014
Time: Check-in Sunday at 3pm, check-out Thursday by 1pm
Ages: 12-15
Cost: $380 ($100 nonrefundable deposit due at registration)

An Evening Under the Prairie Stars
a fundraiser for Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

Announcing the sixth annual, earth conscious benefit for Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, An Evening Under the Prairie Stars. Please join us as a guest, a volunteer, or a sponsor for this beautiful evening on the prairie.
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Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center;   12718 10th Street NE; Spicer, Minnesota 56288   {320}354.5894