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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!

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Lakeland Broadcasting, SWIF, United Way, Jennie-O Turkey Store


News and Events

EARTH DAY 2015-  
Saturday, April 25, 2015  (8am-1pm)
Plan to join us for pancakes, exhibits & lots of family friendly fun.
pancake breakfast 8-10am, watershed and soils info, free trees, archery,  climbing wall, live hawk demo, birding info & more.
A FREE Event.    Free-will donations are greatly appreciated.
For more info call Prairie Woods at 320-354-5894.

**NEW!** The Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale will be held in conjunction with Earth Day this year at PWELC.
Donate gently used outdoor gear to be sold on Earth Day to support youth and family programs at Prairie Woods.
Call to arrange pick-up or drop-off of donated items.   And check out some great deals on good used gear on Earth Day.

Music Under the Prairie Stars Friday, Sept 11, 2015

Trail Conditions:   Trails are open for hiking during daylight hours.  Please keep pets on leash and in control of their handlers at all times, particularly during nesting seasons and when other hikers or student groups are present.

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.  Shoes can be dropped off anytime---- or bring them to Earth Day!