Public Programming

Spring/Summer 2017
*Preregistration is required for all classes.

Challenge Course Programs

Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
All Ages
Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically & mentally at your own pace. Rock climbing is a true adventure sport. Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun! Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. The Prairie Woods ELC instructors are here to help every climber reach new heights! Equipment will be provided. (Meet in basement of Main Building).
Date: Thurs. June 22nd
         Thurs. July 6th
         Thurs. August 24th
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost: $10.00/session

PWELC Sampler
Grades: 1st & Up
Come experience what PWELC has to offer. We will visit the Pioneer Cabin to see how people lived "back in the day", do the Flying Squirrel, Climb the Wall, Track some Animals and learn some Outdoor Survival Skills.
Bring a sack lunch. (Meet at main building.)
Date: Tues. June 6th
Time: 8am - 4pm
Cost $20

Environmental Education Programs

Paddle the Crow
All Ages
Come with PWELC & the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District to "Paddle the Crow." This will be a 3 hr river trip down the Middle Fork of the Crow River. We will paddle 17 ft canoes in addition to PWELC's 34 ft Voyageur Canoe (perfect for novices & families with young children). The trip will start at the boat access/fishing pier parking lot on the New London Mill Pond. From there we will be shuttled to "Dilly Bridge" north of New London & paddle back to the Mill Pond. Lunch afterwards will be provided by the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District.
All equipment will be provided.
Date: Sat. June 3rd
Time: 9am- 12pm
Cost: $7/person or $20/family

Nature Days
Grades: k - 3rd
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. (Meet at the main building.)
Date: Tues-Thurs. June 13, 14 15
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Cost: $55

Full Moon Canoe
Grades: 5th & Up
Come with your friends or family to enjoy the solitude of a Prairie Woods wetland while watching the sun set & the moon rise all in the same evening. Canoe, paddles, life jackets and instruction provided by PWELC staff. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (Meet at farmsite.)
Date: Thurs. Aug. 7th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost $7/person 

Shooting Sports

MNDNR Firearm Safety
Ages: 11 and up
This class is the field day for the on-line class.
Pre-registration required for limited number of spots.
Date: Sat, April 8th
Time: 7:30 check in starts
         8:00 class begins
Cost: $7.50

Beginner Archery Class
Grades: 5th & Up
This class gives you the opportunity to learn the basics of using a compound bow & 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. (Meet at the Farmsite)
Date: Tues. March 7th
           Tues. March 21st
Time: 4-5:30pm
Cost $10.00/session

Youth Shotgun Sporting Clays
Sponsored by Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament

Ages: 12-18 years
Have you been to the Gary Westby Sporting Clay Shotgun Range? The clays come from the left, right, straight at you, from behind you, there is even one that rolls on the ground. You may bring your own (12 or 20ga) shotgun or borrow one of ours. There will be two ranges set up; one for 1st time shooters in addition to our regular sporting clay range. Sign up for a 45min. session. Program costs are greatly reduced due to contributions from the Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament. (Meet at Westby shooting range.) 
Date: Tues. July 25th
Time: 6:00-6:45pm,6:45-7:30pm, 7:30-8:15pm, 8:15-9:00pm 
Cost: $5

Youth sporting Clay & .22 Shoot sponsored by Pheasants Forever
Ages: 11-16 years
This is a great opportunity to shoot for the first time or to improve your already existing shooting skills. included in the class will be instruction on safe gun handling and shooting technique. Firearms, shells and targets will be provided. You may bring your own 12 or 20ga shotgun. All levels of shooters are invited. (Meet at the Westby shooting range.)
Date: Sat. Aug. 12th
Time: 3pm - 5pm with hotdog dinner to follow program
Cost $5

Time Travel Programs
Game Day at the Pioneer Cabin
Ages: 3rd - 6th
Who's up for some friendly competition? After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for a morning of blind man's bluff, a three legged race, a game of graces (hoops & sticks), kubb and many more pioneer games. If it's raining, we'll see how you do at jacks, pick up sticks and card games. (Meet at farmsite)
Date: Wed. June 28
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: $8

Pioneer Skills
Ages: 3rd - 6th
Do you have what it takes to live as a pioneer? Test you knowledge while participating in our version of "Oregon Trail". Brush up or develop your compass skills. Try your hand at the cross cut saw & buck saw. If time allows, you might go home with a craft as well. (Meet at farmsite)
Date: Thurs. Aug. 3
Time: 9am - 12pm
Cost: $15

Pioneer Day
Ages: 3rd - 6th
Help Anna Danielson get ready for fall. Find out what pioneer life was really like with this ALL day adventure. We'll start the day by dressing as a pioneer. Then we'll get busy with our indoor chores which will include preparing our own pioneer lunch. Followed by some outdoor activities such as laundry, cutting wood & beating rugs. After chores we should find time to play a few games, make a craft & maybe evn end witha a swet treat of homeade ice cream! (Mett at farmsite)
Date: Wed. Aug. 16
Time: 9am - 4pm
Cost: $35 (includes lunch)

Fun For the Whole Family

Earth Day Celebration & Recycled Outdoor Gear Sale
All Ages

A fun & educational experience for the whole family. Booths, exhibits and activities offer information about water quality, energy efficiency, land management and much more. Pancake & sausage breakfast from 8-10am (free will donation). Enjoy food, entertainment, kids activities and much more. This year's main presentation will be the Zoomobile (10:30am). (Meet at Main Building)
Date: Sat. April 22nd
Time: 8am-1pm
Cost: Free

Forkhorn Camps

Ages 11-16
This firearms safety course is a part of an overnight summer camp where participants will sleep in tents and cook their meals over a coleman stove.
This camp is designed to teach beginning hunting skills. It will provide extensive hands-on instruction in basic safety and shooting techniques for rifle, shotgun, and archery. It will also include classes on Whitetail deer ecology, outdoor survival skills, and Hunters ethics along with traditional camp activities like canoeing and rock climbing.
Camp starts: Sunday,July 9th 2017 @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 13th @ 1:00
Cost: $380

Ages 12-16
This firearms safety course is a part of an overnight summer camp where participants will sleep in tents and cook their meals over a coleman stove.
This camp is for youth who have completed their Firearms Safety Training. Forkhorn II goes beyond the basics and focuses on archery and deer hunting. Campers will learn to properly shoot compound bows and much more. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and more. Participants will earn their MN DNR Bow Hunting Certification.
Camp starts: Sunday, July 16th 2017 @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 20th 2017 @ 1:00
Cost: $380

BIRTHDAY PARTIES....Everyone with a special birthday deserves a special get-together. Let Prairie Woods help you create great birthday party memories.

Check out our birthday themes:

Indoor Climbing Wall, Archery, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Pioneer Cabin, XC ski, snowshoe, canoeing or ??   Give us a call!

Forget the hassle of cleaning up your house before (and after) the party.   Let us help! 
For a 2 hour event, staff provides 1 1/2 hours of programming with the final 1/2 hour for you to open presents and/or eat.
Costs start at $70 for up to 7 children.
Each additional child is $10.

Please call for more details. 320-354-5894