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

Events

Friends for the Upper Sioux Agency State Park annual meeting -- The Friends for the Upper Sioux Agency State Park will be holding its annual meeting at 7 p.m. April 29 at the park's visitor center. The speaker will be Brad Cobb from the Green River Corridor Initiative on the subject of the Minnesota River Water Trail and what the Green River Initiative is all about. A short break with refreshments will be followed by the annual meeting portion of the evening with updates about the park. Any questions may be directed to the park at 320-564-4777.

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Spring 3-D Shoots -- Little Crow Archers will hold Spring 3-D Shoots April 17-18 and May 22-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the two Saturdays and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the two Sundays. There will be 30 Outdoor 3-D targets. It will be held at the Little Crow Archers' Outdoor Range, 16952 118th St. NW, Sunburg. For more information, contact Dennis Winzenburg at 320-366-3651.

CURE Hungry Hollow Creek Cleanup -- Clean Up the River Environment will hold a cleanup event for Hungry Hollow Creek from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 8. Meet at Carl's Bakery in Granite Falls prior to the cleanup. Bring boots, gloves and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce at 320-564-4039 or the CURE office at 1-877-269-2873.

19th Annual River and History Weekend -- CURE will host the 19th Annual River and History Weekend May 15-16 at Lac qui Parle County Park (Nash's Grove). There will be six canoeing trips that weekend. Guest speaker Wayne Ostlie will present "1890-1920 in the Upper Minnesota Valley: Railroads, Boom Towns and Hand-Painted Post Cards". A potluck supper will begin at 5 p.m.

Spring Into Summer Event -- Decision Hills Bible Camp in Spicer will hold a Spring Into Summer Event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 15. On sale will be used sporting equipment, outdoor games and furniture, camping gear, boating equipment and more. Master Gardner Judy Toth will also be available to answer questions and explain how to make a rain garden.

Youth ATV Safety Training -- The Renville County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be holding an Youth ATV Safety Training event at the Renville County Sheriff's Department, Room 117, in Olivia at 10 a.m., June 26. This training is for ATV operators of at least 12 years of age. Prospective students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, have your own ATV and proper safety gear and have completed the Minnesota DNR Safety CD, which can be obtained by calling 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157 Pre-registration is required. To register, call 320-523-1161. For more information contact Deputy Tom Hendrichs at 320-523-3780 or 320-523-1161.

Weekly/monthly

Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email wrpc_info@yahoo.com.

Spring 3-D Bow League -- The Little Crow Archers and Swift County Archers are hosting a Spring 3-D League for six weeks starting April 28 and running through June 5. It will run Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon at the outdoor range near Sunburg (16952 118th Street, watch for signs). The cost is $36 per person. For more information, contact Dennis Winzenburg at 320-366-3651.

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.

Open Climbing -- Indoor rock climbing wall. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Reservations required, please call by Thursday.

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center's hours vary. Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on trail condition visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 24. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

Awesome Amphibians: 2 p.m. April 24-25. Sibley State Park is a haven for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota.

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 1. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10:30 a.m. May 1. 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.

Geocaching for Beginners: 10 a.m. May 2. Learn the basics about the rapidly growing hobby of geocaching, learn how it started, 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 or park office.

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

Bird watching walk: 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 8. The naturalist lead walk to various habitats to observe birds. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended and some will be available for use.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. May 8-9. 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 or park office.

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. May 15. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Woodland wildflowers: 2 p.m. May 15-16. Following a presentation, participants will take a short drive and walk to experience Sibley's wildflowers. Vehicles needed.

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. May 22. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Geocaching for Beginners: 2 p.m. May 22-23. 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 or park office.

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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