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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.

YES! Youth Energy Summit YES!



News and Events

Music Under the Prairie Stars 
SAVE the Date!!!!!!   Friday, Sept 11, 2015
We would love to have you join us for this premier PWELC fundraising event of the year.
Great food, great people (like you) & great music, all under a big tent in the Prairie Woods Farmsite.
The Prairie Stars Committee is hard at work putting together another high quality evening.
Volunteers and cool silent auction items are needed and welcome.
Stay tuned for more info. and plan to buy your tickets early.  

The NEXT BIG  THING at Prairie Woods is HERE!!!
A 26' 5-climber portable climbing wall from Extreme Engineering arrived on Saturday, May 9, 2015.....
Just in time for busy season at PWELC.
A big thanks to Willmar Area Community Foundation, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Prairie Stars, Cindy Westby Bequest, Minnesota Waterfowl Association- Prairie Pothole Chapter, Roger & Kay Strand and Kandiyohi County for helping to make this project a reality.
Watch for the Prairie Woods Pinnacle at Prairie Pothole Days, Kandiyohi County Fair and other special events in a 75mile radius of PWELC.
Call us if you would like to schedule an outreach program featuring the Prairie Woods Pinnacle and/or the Big Canoe.

Prairie Woods on the go!   The Big Canoe and the new Prairie Woods Pinnacle- mobile rockclimbing tower, are 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.  

Riddle:  Add together one of the most common last names in the United States + the opposite of daughter + the first name of the author of 007.  Mix with water and you have a big clue for a coming attraction for PWELC and Kandiyohi County.
ANSWER: Smith + son + ian Water/ways traveling exhibition (check our facebook page updates)