Take I-94 to Otter Tail County Road 82 (Exit 61) and travel north two and a half miles to the headquarters. To Write:Fergus Falls Wetland Management District18965 County Highway 82Fergus Falls, MN 56537To Call:Phone: (218) 739-2291Fax: (218) 739-9534Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District through Minnesota's State Relay System by dialing:7111-800-627-3529 (voice, TTY, ASCII)
Take I-94 to State Highway 210 East (Exit 57) and travel north for one mile. The PWLC is on the right side of the road.
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
602 State Highway 210 East
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-4217
Phone: (218) 998-4481
Fax: (218) 736-0941
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District provides quality environmental education for the public at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is located on State Hwy 210, one mile east of Exit 57 off of Interstate 94. The center houses interpretive exhibits and offers educational programs for both the general public and organized groups. Nearly four miles of trails provide opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking and cross-country skiing. The center is the origin of two established birding trails: the Minnesota River Birding Trail, leading southward through the state; and the northbound Pine-to-Prairie Birding Trail. It is also a Prairie Passage site.The lands surrounding the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (Townsend WPA) are open to wildlife observation, environmental education and interpretation, photography, hiking and cross-country skiing. It is not open for hunting, fishing or trapping. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the trails at the PWLC.
When planning a trip to the District, it is important to wear sturdy shoes for land excursions and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.
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The Northern Shrike is a winter visitor to Minnesota. Also known as the “butcher bird,” this masked hunter sits in the tops of trees waiting to spot its prey. Once located, the shrike will capture its food and impales grasshoppers, mice, and other small animals on thorns or barbed wire.