Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world ...
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
--- Margaret Mead
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.
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:
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
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Northern leopard frogs need both prairies and wetlands to complete their life cycle. Listen for their snoring calls in spring breeding ponds. Watch for their long leaps when hiking the trails in late summer.