Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center Inc

A nonprofit organization

$4,560 Raised by 36 Donors

91% complete

$5,000 Goal

Help us to connect people with nature in this unique and beautiful area!

"...When I was sitting in the prairie, I wrote about some things that I saw, like water, the sky, prairie and geese.  It is really important to me."  -Prairie Science Class Fourth Grader.  

In the early 1970s, local conservationists first envisioned an environmental learning center for the Prairie Pothole Region.  Some years later, in 1989, The Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center was established to lead the way in making this vision a reality.  

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is an environmental education facility operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since 1998 the Center has offered a variety of environmental education programs to learners of all ages, including interpretive programs and guided walks.  Over 325 acres of native and restored prairie and 28 wetlands can be found at the PWLC.  With nearly four miles of foot trails there are ample opportunities for environmental education, wildlife observation, and relaxation.  The Center hosts the Prairie Science classes, 4th and 5th grade classes of the Fergus Falls School District.  Other area schools send classes for outdoor education through field trips to the center.  The Friends subsidize bus transportation for these trips through "The Yellow Bus Fund."
  Children have the opportunity to plant and nurture native prairie species through the greenhouse naturalist program funded by the Friends. 
In addition, the Center hosts teacher workshops and training sessions for wildlife professionals year-round. Special outreach events hosted by The Friends provide opportunities for children and adults to celebrate the cultural and natural history of the prairie and investigate the wonders of wetlands.  Monarch tagging day held each August and supported by the Friends, allows the public to come to the Center and tag monarch butterflies so we can identify the fall migration pathway and important habitats of this prairie species.

Your donations will assist us in continuing to support the effort of connecting people with nature in this unique and rare natural setting. 2020 has been particularly hard on the Friends since due to COVID-19 as we have not been able to hold our annual in-person fundraiser. Yet our expenses continue as we make available our Greenhouse Naturalist to help teach the daily Prairie Science classes held at the center. Please consider donating to the Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and help us support our mission "to enhance and promote understanding and conservation of the prairie pothole region, primarily through support of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center." 

"A passion builds inside anyone who spends time on the prairie."

- D. Showalter (2007, Prairie Thunder: The Nature of Colorado’s Great Plains, Skyline Press, Pueblo, CO, p. 21)

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Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center Inc

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Friends of PWLC 602 State Highway 210 East
Fergus Falls, MN 56537


(218) 736-0938

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