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Prairie Wetlands Learning Center Education Wing Grand Opening
Midwest Region, August 6, 2008
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The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) held the ribbon cutting and grand opening for it's new Education Wing on Wednesday, August 6. Over 120 members of the public attended including local and state elected officials, local business and civic leaders, and of course - students!

The 12,000 square foot addition was funded with Minnesota Bond funds, and provides 4 new classrooms, office and exhibition space for the PWLC's very popular Prairie Science Class. In the coming school year, this partnership with the Fergus Falls Public Schools places 200 4th and 5th graders at the PWLC every school day, with each student in the program spending 1/2 a day exploring the prairies and wetlands to learn math, science, language arts and health.

Started with 50 students 6 years ago, this unique program is the only one of it's kind in the nation, and has demonstrated lasting results for both students and USFWS. Besides the Prairie Science Class, many other groups will utilize the space including local and regional groups, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and teachers. More details are available by contacting the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.


Contact Info: Kenneth Garrahan, 505-248-6632, ken_garrahan@fws.gov
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