M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club will hold its annual M1 Garand shoots on July 7 and Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range. In the case of inclement weather, the matches will be held the next Tuesday. The cost is $10 for non-members and $8 for members. All rifles, ammunition, targets and instruction will be furnished by the range safety personnel.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman Shooting Sports Sampler -- Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) will hold a Shooing Sports Sampler July 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. Women can learn new skills or practice shooting on the sporting clays range, rifle range, and Olympic and 3-D archery ranges alongside trained staff that can teach and guide you through each event. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, contact Amy Denz at 320-276-8284.
Birding and Wildlife for Families -- Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) will hold a Birding and Wildlife for Families program Aug. 22 from 7-11 a.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide as you wander along the trails to observe birds and other wildlife. Learn the basics of equipment used for birding and wildlife observation. The cost is $15 for individuals or $50 per family. For more information, contact Amy Denz at 320-276-8284.
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.
DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. July 3. A tour of the fish hatchery in New London will leave from the interpretive center by personal auto. A DNR fisheries employee will help you examine walleye egg stripping, incubation, hatching, fry rearing and stocking.
Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. July 3. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.
Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., July 4. Take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses. Will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.
Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. July 4. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.
Granite, Oak and Men: 4 p.m. July 4. The beautiful and skillfully constructed buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38. The park naturalist will use a PowerPoint presentation and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.
Bald Eagle: 7 p.m. July 4. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.
Remarkable Reptiles: 11 a.m. July 5. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.
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