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Current / Upcoming Youth and Public Programs

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

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


Earth Day Celebration

Open to all

A fun and educational experience for the whole family. Booths, exhibits, and activities offer information about water quality, energy efficiency, land management, and much more. Pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-10am (free will donation).

Enjoy food, entertainment, kid activities and information about “greening” your life.

No pre-registration necessary.

Date: Saturday, April 26th

Time: 8:00-1:00pm

Cost: Free

Nature Days

Grades K-3

WHAT’S THAT????? Let’s check it out! For three mornings we will explore the natural world in which we live. We will use hands-on activities and games to better understand the forest, prairie, and the wetlands at Prairie Woods.

Date:    Tues-Thurs, June 10, 11, 12


            Tues-Thurs, July 8, 9, 10                     

Time:    8:30am-11:30am         

Cost:    $55


 Full Moon Canoe

Grades: 5th and up

Come with your friends or family to enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set and the moon rise all in the same evening. Canoe, paddles, life jackets and instruction provided by Prairie Woods ELC.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date:    Sat, July 12                 

Time:    7:30p-9:30p                

Cost:    $7 per person.


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

Beginner Archery Class
Grades 5 and up

This class gives you the opportunity to learn the basics of using a compound bow and arrow.  We will be working on form, safety, technique, how to properly use the equipment, etc. A hands-on class of learning and fun while practicing and playing archery games that all ages will enjoy.  All equipment will be provided.

Tuesday, March 4 4:00-5:30pm


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.

Tuesday, March 11, 18, and 25th



Firearm Safety Field Day

Ages 11-17
This class is the field portion that is needed to complete the online MN DNR Firearm Safety Course.
Date: Sat, April 12th
Time: 8:00-4:00
Cost: $7.50

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


Spring at the Pioneer Cabin

Ages: 2nd – 6th Graders

There’s so much to be done to prepare for summer. Help the Pioneers say goodbye to winter by preparing the garden, doing some wash, cutting wood, and sprucing up the cabin. After all that hard work there might be time to play some games and make a toy to bring home.

Date: Friday, April 11

Time: 4 – 5:45 pm

Cost: $8 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: Monday, April 28

Time: 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Cost: $4.50 per child (adults free)



Midsommar Celebration

Ages: All (children younger than 5th grade must be with an adult)

Bring the whole family to find your Swedish roots. Join in this most important Swedish holiday of music, dancing, and ice cream. First we’ll dress as pioneers. Then after learning a bit about this area’s Swedish settlers we’ll churn some ice cream, decorate with flowers, and let the party begin with music and dancing.

Date: Friday, June 20

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $6 per person (max $18 for family)



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!




Join us on June 16th 2012 for our 8th 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.

A huge thanks goes out to:
Chad Mithaugen for the water
Precise Ice of Belgrade for the ice
Country Stop for the watermelon
North American State Bank for the donation toward shirts
Prairie Woods ELC for the facility and trails
Bayer Built for the door prizes
Micki's for the door prizes
Halvorson Agribility for the hats
And all the people who helped make the day and this event a success.

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.
Click here for more details

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center;   12718 10th Street NE; Spicer, Minnesota 56288   {320}354.5894