Water/Ways - Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a regional center for environmental education and outdoor recreation located in beautiful Kandiyohi County in west central Minnesota.



Water/Ways - June 25 - August 7, 2016


Our Local Water Story

In collaboration with Kandiyohi County Historical Society, we are creating a local history exhibit using historical photos printed on canvas, complemented by artifacts and hands-on activities. The exhibit will highlight the importance of water in the past, present, and future of Kandiyohi County. Adopt-a-drain.org is running a stewardship campaign, using a platform developed by Hamline University. Our goal is to integrate watershed awareness exhibits and activities into local community events.

Events & Activities

June 21—Installation of Smithsonian Water/Ways, exhibit with visiting statewide host sites.

June 25Water/Ways Exhibit Grand Opening (10-11 a.m., exhibit open until 4 p.m. — Free and open to the public), on display June 25–August 7 at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. 

June 29—Kandiyohi County Historical Bus Tour

July 2—Okee Dokee Brothers Concert at PWELC

July 4—Spicer 4th Celebration.

July 7—Grace Goldtooth Presentation, Grace Goldtooth, of the Lower Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Office, will have an evening presentation (topic/time TBD).

July 13–17—New London Water Days.

July 14—Ringo Lake Paddle, Visit the exhibit between 4-8pm and receive a token for a free 15-20 minute paddle in the 34’ Voyager Canoe, any time between 7-9pm.

July 19—Full Moon Canoe, 7:30-9:30pm at Prairie Woods ELC Farmsite, $7 per person.

August 13—New London Music Fest

September 9—Music Under the Prairie Stars

September 10—Prairie Pothole Day, Prairie Pothole Chapter of Minnesota Waterfowl Association.


Additional Events and Activities, to be scheduled

Smithsonian project partners have assisted with creating a glass mosaic to be installed below the dam in New London in the summer of 2016 as part of the RiverSpace Project.

Kandiyohi County Historical Society will have a Natural History Theme with a strong water focus throughout 2016.

Sundays, July 10–August 14, Music in the Park in Spicer; listen for “Water Facts” and Adopt-a-Drain promotions.

June 27–August 7 at PWELC; weekly speakers, presenters and forums yet to be decided.


Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10 Street Northeast
Spicer, Minnesota 56288



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