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outdoors Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Events

CURE Bridge Builder Gathering -- CURE is hosting a seminar on "Industrial Sustainable Agriculture: Can We Integrate Large Scale Production and Natural Resource Management" on Thursday, March 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Kilowatt Center in Granite Falls. Tim Gieseke of the Minnesota Project will be the speaker. Admission is free. For more information, call the CURE office at 1-877-269-2873 or visit www.curemnriver.org.

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Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 meetings -- The Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter #2 will hold general meetings leading up to its banquet on April 3, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Willmar. The meetings will be held at the Kandiyohi Entertainment Center in Willmar at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30.

Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association -- The West Central chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Melvin's on the Lake in Spicer. All persons interested in the sport of spearing are welcome to attend. Roger Strand will provide a program on "The Life Cycle of the Wood Duck".

Prairie Woods ELC

The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at pwelc@wecnet.com. Discount available on all classes for members.

Winter Family Fun Day -- PWELC's Winter Family Fun Day will be held Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1-5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Events include cross country skiing and snowshoeing, the indoor climbing wall, quest treasure hunts, information on winter birds, and darkhouse angling and spearing information.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002.

Winter trails: Nordic skiing and snowmobile trails are groomed, weather permitting. The trail center in the lower level of the Interpretive Center is open 24 hours a day. There is a warming room, bathrooms and water fountain. A cross country ski pass is required for age 16 and older.

Snowshoe hike: 2 p.m. Feb. 14, 21 and 28, weather permitting. Following a brief talk on snowshoe design, manufacture styles and use, a naturalist will lead a walk. Snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 12 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 320-354-2055.

Fiddlers "jam" session: 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. Join the Coffee Shop Fiddlers in the Interpretive Center as they have a little fun practicing and playing fiddle music.

Bluebird conservation story: 3 p.m. Feb. 22. A presentation about the bluebird and what you can do to attract them to your home.

To get your outdoors activity in the Conservation Calendar, mail a copy of a flier or handout to West Central Tribune, c/o Outdoors, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201; fax to 320-235-6769; or email tjb@wctrib.com and put "Conservation Calendar" in the subject line. Submissions must be received by Wednesday to be published in the following weekend edition. No phone calls, please.

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