Public Programming


Winter 2017/2018

*Preregistration is required for all classes


Get outside and explore this winter! Hit the trails and have an adventure on the skinny skis. Learn some winter survival skills. Then we will come inside to finish the day at the indoor climbing wall. (Meet at main building.)
Date: Monday, February 19
Time: 8:00-4:00PM
Cost: $25/person

PWELC Sampler...Grades: K and up
NL-S Schools are Off

Come experience what Prairie Woods ELC has to offer. While everything that we do is AWESOME – activities will depend on the weather.
The possibilities are endless. Cross Country skiing, Snowshoeing, Archery, Climbing Wall, Orienteering, Geocaching…….the list goes on and on.
Bring a sack lunch. (meet at main building)
Date: Friday, March 2nd
Time: 8:00-4:00
Cost: $25

Challenge Course Programs

Inddor Rock Climbing Gym…..All ages
Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and 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 at main building.)
Date: Thursday, February 1st
Thursday, March 1st
Thursday, April 5th
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Cost: $10/climber for each class

Environmental Education Programs

Intro to Cross Country Skiing….grades 2 and older
Don’t let the snow keep you inside all winter long. Come learn the basics of cross country skiing. Then hit the trails to practice your new skills. Instruction and equipment provided. (Meet at main building)
Date: Tuesday, January 30th
Or Tuesday, February, 27th
Time: 4:00-5:30
Cost: $8/session

Snowshoeing…..grades 4 and older
Artic Adventure or at least Prairie Wood’s version. On snowshoes, you can explore “off the beaten path” and beyond the trails. Enjoy this magical adventure through quiet woods and hills, while watching for tracks and signs of our animal neighbors. Instruction and all equipment provided. (Meet at main building.)
Date: Tuesday, February 6th
Time: 4:00-5:30PM
Cost: $8/person

Shooting Sports

After School Archery Club…….grades 5 and up
It is lots of fun learning and practicing the skill of archery. We will be using compound bows to improve our skills. We will play games, shoot 3-d targets, do Olympic style archery, use the atl-atl’s, all while aiming to have a great time. Equipment will be provided. (Meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 13 and 20
Time : 4:00-5:30pm

Cost: $30/person

Time Travel Programs
Ornaments for kids
Ages: 3rd – 6th Grade
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Pioneer Cabin. During your visit you can dress as a pioneer, get creative while making holiday decorations, and warm up with some hot cider. (meet at farmsite)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12
Time: 4:00- 5:30 pm
Cost: $10

Pioneer Winter Survival….Grades 3rd – 6th
Do you have what it takes to survive a Minnesota winter pioneer style? Come to the 1888 cabin, dress as a pioneer, help saw wood, make candles, learn how to build a fire with flint and steel, try snow shoeing and warm up by the fire with some hot apple cider. (Meet at Farmsite)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 22nd
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

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 8th @ 3:00
Camp ends: Thursday, July 12th @ 1:00
Cost: $380

Ages 12-16
This archery safety course is a  DAY CAMP. (New format in 2018)
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.


Wright County
Voyager Canoe - Collinwood Park - Saturday June 9th
       Voyager Canoe - Schroeder Park - Saturday June 16th
       Bertram Family Campout - Bertram Chain of Lakes - Friday, June 22nd - Saturday, June 23rd
       Mother Nature Day - Bertram Chain of Lakes - Friday, August 17th


Stearns County
       Cross Country Ski - Warner Park - Saturday, January 20th
       Cross Country Ski - Quarry Park - Tuesday, January 23rd
       Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, June 28th
       Summer Event Day - Warner Park - Saturday, July 21st
       Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, July 26th
       Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, August 30th
       Rock Climbing - Quarry Park - Thursday, September 27th

** $5 ski rentals for youth (up to 18 years old) and Prairie Woods ELC members (Call ahead for Trailhead Hours)***

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