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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. 

Current information and photos

Current News and Events
Winter Fun Day  - Thank You!
Winter Fun Day on Feb. 9th had 350 visitors enjoy a sunny MN day. Thank you to everyone that helped us pull it off.

Vickie Vogt and the Mexican Hat at the MN State Fair
Danny & Ida Leite
Vicky Thompson
Joe Bee Honey
DREAM Academy
Phil Scheevel
Kandiyohi 4H
Pheasants Forever
PWELC Limited Hunt
Master Gardeners
Willmar Nordic Ski Club
Mike Bundy
MN Darkhouse Anglers Assoc.
Jean Ruter
Glacial Ridge Curling Club
Little Crow Photography Club
NLS National Honor Society
Pat Hood and Friends
John Woodhall
Paul Rock
PWELC Board Members

Up Next...
Earth Day Celebration!
      April 18th 8am-1pm

Earth Day's 50th Anniversary - Come celebrate with us! Start with a free-will donation breakfast of pancakes & sausage. Talk with exhibitors, conservation groups and goverment agencies about environmental issues that interest you. Many hands on activities for the kids. Main presentation will be at 10am The Lorax by Dr. Suess, presented by the PWELC Puppet Theatre.

Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale       April 18th 8am-1pm
Calling all gently used outdoor gear looking for a new family! Donate no longer used camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, boating, lawn games, and all other nature appreciation items to PWELC. Call 320-354-5894 - pick up maybe available for larger items. Donated items maybe tax deductible. Items will go on sale at 8am on April 18th. All proceeds go towards youth programming. Let's Make a Deal!  

Stay tuned for trail updates... 
2/20/2020 All trails have been groomed and tracked between yesturday and today. Trails are in good condition. Come out before the big melt this weekend.  Current trail conditions (freeze/thaw cycles with no new snow) require intensive trail grooming effort.  Thanks for your patience and please purchase a DNR Great Minnesota Ski Pass to help support our trail grooming efforts!

We are renting skis, snowshoes & kicksleds in the Trailhead 8:30am-4pm Mon - Fri, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun Noon-5pm. 
Rentals are just $5 for students or PWELC members, $15 for adult non-members (Cash or check).   
Become a new or renewing Prairie Woods member and your first-day ski rental is free!

PWELC grooms six miles of xc ski trail and we have over 140 sets of ski equipment for rent, 27 kicksleds and dozens of pairs of snowshoes.

The new 7.9kw solar array on the pavilion has been completed and is putting power out onto the grid.   Thanks to our Prairie Stars Fund-a-Need donors!   Be sure to check it out when you hit the ski trails this winter.  The recent solar addition brings us up to 40KW total capacity with a combination of wind and solar.  We love sunny and windy days.  Thanks to MNSolar for fitting us in to the work schedule before the end of the year!

The Mountain Bike Trails have not been groomed at this time.   The Kandi Trail Riders Club has completed 4.5 miles of mountain bike trail.   KTR welcomes volunteers to assist with winter trail grooming.   Please contact the PWELC office if you would like to assist with winter fat bike  trails. 

Click on "Programs and Events" above to check out our calendar of interesting and fun programs.   
Check Facebook for recent photos and 
other updates.

Prairie Woods on the go!   The Big Canoe, the  Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rock climbing tower, the enviro-puppet theatre and the Yellow Boats Project 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 planned and past activities and give us a call to schedule a PWELC program for your group or community festival.
Remember.... We Deliver!  If you can't come to us, we'll come to you.

Give us a call if you would like to have the big canoe, portable climbing wall, Yellow Boats, xc skis, snowshoes, teambuilding, a variety of environmental ed. programs or the LORAX puppet show come to your school or community event. (ask about discounted Lorax performance due to an anonymous donor)  

***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. Click here for the World Wear Agreement.  

Nothing at PWELC "just happens."  Good things happen only when people like YOU help to make them happen.   Please support our work with donations of time, talent or funds and join us for some of the exciting programs and events throughout the year. 
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, 26' portable climbing wall, and "Lorax" puppet show.
*An award-winning YES! program which is mobilizing youth-led energy action projects across Greater Minnesota.

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