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:: Welcome

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a regional center for environmental education and outdoor recreation located in beautiful Kandiyohi County in west central Minnesota.   Thanks for visiting our website!!   We provide an exciting array of hands-on learning adventures for all ages, as well as beautiful facilities for meetings and special events.   Give us a call and let us customize a program or event for your group. 

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Our mission:
To promote an individual and shared commitment to the responsible use, management, and preservation of our natural resources.

We offer customized programs and facilities that help people learn to live well with self, others and the environment.
*Environmental Ed. programs for pre-K thru grade 12 and adults
*Challenge course and teambuilding programs for schools, athletic teams, youth groups, families and corporate groups
*A 500 acre campus featuring: rolling glacial terrain,seven miles of hiking and xc ski trails, prairie,woods and wetlands.
*Great classroom and meeting spaces powered by wind, solar & biomass.
*Outreach programs featuring a 34' voyageur canoe and a 26' portable climbing wall
*An award winning YES! program which is mobilizing youth-led energy action projects across Greater Minnesota.

Smithsonian Eshibition Jun 25-Aug 7, 2016

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News and Events

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit 
The exhibit will be open seven days a week with special programs offered each week.
Join us for:
Grand Opening celebration at 10am on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Master Gardeners - 3 sister's garden presentation Sunday, June 26th at 1:00.

Kandi Historical Society/MPCA Bus tour. Wed, June 29th at 1:00pm.

OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS Concert at 10:30am Saturday, July 2nd. Free will donation concert. The show will be outdoors so bring a blanket.

Guest Speaker -Grace Goldtooth-Lower Souix Community-Thursday, July 7th at 7:00pm.

Voyager Canoe rides on Ringo Lake (with token after viewing exhibit) Thursday, July 14th from 7:00-9:00.

Full Moon Canoe Tuesday, July 19th 7:30-9:30 at PWELC. ($7/person)

Shakopee Creek Headwaters Event Thursday, July 21.

Water Colors with Paula Lunquist Saturday, July 23rd 10:30-11:45. ($25/person)

Lorax puppet show Thursday, August 4 at 3:30.

Water/Ways Exhibit Hours:  M,T,W& F  8a-4pm, Th 8am-8pm, Saturday 10a-4pm, Sun. 1p-5pm.
Check out Facebook for updates.

The Prairie Woods Pavilion- The excitement is building!   
Genesis Architects are completing the design for the Prairie Woods Pavilion which will be located at the PWELC farmsite.  
With generous early contributions from our Prairie Stars, invidual donors and support pledged by Kandiyohi County we have already raised over $200,000 for the project.
If you would like to "buy a piece of the pavilion" please contact Exec. Director, Dave Pederson at 320-354-5894.
Click on this link to see a 3D model of the design in progress: https://skfb.ly/JwYS

Music Under the Prairie Stars 
Our 9th Annual Prairie Stars event is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2016
Please plan to join in our tradition of great food, fellowship and fundraising!

Prairie Woods on the go!   The Big Canoe and the new Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, will be busy throughout the region this summer getting kids up off of the couch and into the great outdoors.   Click on the Facebook link to see photos  of some of the recent activity.  

***WE WANT YOUR SHOES!   Please donate your gently worn shoes to PWELC for our WorldWear fundraising project.  donate shoesAsk us about how your school can easily earn Prairie Woods Bucks by collecting shoes for re-use and recycling.