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Hours, Directions, Address & Contact Information


For current building hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click on the Alert above as the hours below have changed.

The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District headquarters office is normally open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.  

Hiking trails are located at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and are open daily, 365 days per year, sunrise to sunset for hiking only (no bikes, no pets).  Trails are open on Federal holidays.

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center visitor center and the Bluestem Store are open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  The visitor center and store are closed on Federal holidays.  They may be open on some evenings and Saturdays for special events.

To Visit or Contact the Fergus Falls WMD Headquarters

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 District
      18965 County Highway 82
      Fergus Falls, MN 56537

To Call:

      Phone: (218) 739-2291
      Fax: (218) 739-9534

      Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District through Minnesota's State Relay System by dialing:
      1-800-627-3529 (voice, TTY, ASCII)


To Visit or Contact the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

Take Interstate 94 to State Highway 210 East (Exit 57) and travel north for one mile. The PWLC entrance is on the right side of the road.  Look for brown and white directional signs on I-94 and on Highway 210.

To Write:

      Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      602 State Highway 210 East
      Fergus Falls, MN 56537-4217

To Call:

      Phone: (218) 998-4481
      Fax: (218) 736-0941


What is the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC)?

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 (no bikes, no pets). 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. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on the trails at the PWLC.


Accessibility Information

Click this link for information about how visitors with disabilities enjoy the PWLC.  

Click here for information specific to our annual Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop and Summer Explorers Biology Camp.


Know Before You Go

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.  Leave pets and bikes at home.