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The Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

The Friends of the Prairie Wetland Learning Center is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that exists solely to support the work of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, enhancing and promoting the understanding and conservation of the prairie pothole region.  To visit the Friends' web site, please click this link:  http://www.friendsofprairiewetlands.com

A Grass Roots Effort . . .

In the early 1970s, local conservationists first envisioned an environmental learning center for the Prairie Pothole Region, specifically in the northwest region of Minnesota. The Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center was established in 1989 to lead the way in transforming that vision to reality. They solicited local support and, with the assistance of Minnesota Legislative Representation, secured $3 million for the construction of the visitor center. Land was purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club and the City of Fergus Falls, and in 1998, the Friends celebrated the opening of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.  

What the Friends Do

  • Promote conservation and understanding of the prairie pothole region.

  • Support activities of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

  • Creatively generate funds and foster volunteer involvement at the PWLC.

  • Solicit community, regional, statewide and Federal support.

Specific Accomplishments

In addition to playing a key role in obtaining funding and support for construction of the visitor center, the Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center have: 

  • Obtained grant funding for design and production of an orientation video for visitors to the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center;

  • Obtained grant funding for the design and installation of interpretive exhibits for the Learning Center;

  • Obtained a three-year grant for the construction of nearly four miles of accessible nature trails;

  • Obtained grant funding for the installation of a weather station at the Learning Center;

  • Obtained grant funding to support and promote the volunteer program at the Learning Center;

  • Obtained grant funding to develop and maintain an interactive kiosk, the Restoration Library, to teach visitors and private landowners about restoration and management of native prairies;

  • Volunteer hundreds of hours in support of Learning Center programs, projects, and events;

  • Continue to successfully operate a gift shop at the Learning Center to generate revenue for special programs; and

  • Contribute annually to the college graduate intern program at the Learning Center.

Fergus Falls Wetland Management District is also proud to partner with the following organizations:

Ducks Unlimited  www.ducks.org  

Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau   www.visitfergusfalls.com 

Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club   http://www.fffgcmn.org 

Fergus Falls Public Schools   http://www.fergusfalls.k12.mn.us 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources   www.dnr.state.mn.us 

Minnesota Waterfowl Association   http://www.mnwaterfowl.com 

National Wildlife Refuge Association   refugeassociation.org

Pheasants Forever, Otter Tail County   http://www.ottertailpf.org

Pine to Prairie Birding Trail – Minnesota's first birding trail   www.mnbirdtrail.com

 

 

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2016
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