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

Events

Canoe Outing -- The Western Minnesota Sierra Club group will hold a canoe outing May 22 in Sibley State Park. Sierra Club outings are open to the public, and everyone is invited to enjoy our environment and learn more about it with us. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Swimming Beach on Lake Andrew, about a half mile west of the Park Office. Canoes and life vests can be rented for $20 all day from the park by stopping at the Park Office on County 48, where you can also pay the park entrance fee. Bring your own snacks, as well as potluck items to share for lunch. Note that we will not be cooking, and everything you bring must be carried across portages.  The outing will end by mid-to-late afternoon. If high winds are forecast, our group will break into teams to take advantage of the park's geo-caching program instead (bring your GPS). If moderate-severe storms are forecast, we will arrange eco-movies and discussion at a local site. Pre-registration required. Email Outing Leader Kay Slama at slama@morris.umn.edu or phone her at 320-796-5871 if you plan to participate in this outing or wish more information.

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Spring 3-D Shoots -- Little Crow Archers will hold Spring 3-D Shoot 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.

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.

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.

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.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. May 16. Join this high tech treasure hunt and learn the basics of this new worldwide recreational sport. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservation required, register at the interpretive center or park office.

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, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. May 22-23. Join this high tech treasure hunt and learn the basics of this new worldwide recreational sport. GPS units provided. Limit of 20, age 8 or older and children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservation required, register at the interpretive center or park office.

Parker Fremberg trail walk: 10 a.m. May 23. Join the park naturalist on a walk to discover the oak savanna and visit the sites of families that lived here long ago. The trail is 1.5 miles and gently rolling. Binoculars furnished.

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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