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

Events

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.

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Youth Ringnecks Camp -- The Kandiyohi County chapter of Pheasants Forever will host its annual Youth Ringnecks Camp Saturday, Aug. 22 from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Youth ages 7-16 are eligible to attend. Activities include challenge ropes courses, pellet gun and sporting clays shooting, archery and environmental games and activities. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away. Come dressed for the outdoors and the weather. The Willmar Junior High School will be the bus pickup site. The bus will leave at 8:15 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. To register, contact Jim at 320-894-6095 or email jwtetz@gmail.com or visit www.kandipf.com.

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.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Aug. 22. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservation required, register at the interpretive center.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Aug. 22. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Waterfowl woodcarving: 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Join Gary Bullemer, Sibley State Park's assistant manager, as he explains and demonstrates his craft of making working waterfowl decoys. An assortment of waterfowl woodcarvings will be on display.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. Aug. 23. Have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., Aug. 24. 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.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. Aug. 24. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Monarch's miracle: 10 a.m. Aug. 25. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservation required, register at the interpretive center.

Fish features and facts: 10 a.m. Aug. 27. Using fish pillows and posters we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Granite, Oak and Men: 2 p.m. Aug. 27. 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.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Aug. 28. 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.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 29. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. Aug. 29. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started and as well as a brief history on navigation. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservation required, register at the interpretive center.

Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature. Discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.

Deer watch: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Following a slide show on the history and habits of the deer in Sibley participants will take an observation walk. Binoculars are recommended.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. Aug. 30. Have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

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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