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

Events

PWELC membership dinner -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will be having its annual membership meeting/potluck dinner on Monday, Aug. 16. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. Please RSVP to 320-354-5894.

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M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club will hold an M1 Garand Shoot Aug. 3 at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range, starting at 6:30 p.m. The events are open to the public. Shooters must be at least 18 years of age. The cost is $10 per shooter, $8 for WRPC members. Rifles are provided, or bring your own. Ammunition is supplied.

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.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Aug. 7. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Prairie wildflowers I.D. and use: 10 a.m., Aug. 7. 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.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Aug. 7. 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.

Doug Wood's Earthsong concert: 7 p.m. Aug. 7. The concert mixes humor, appreciation of natural beauty and a deep understanding of the environment in a live performance as Wood sings about the land, the wind, the waters and life.

Fish features and facts, kids program: 11 a.m. Aug. 8. Using fish pillows and posters, we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Aug. 9. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 9. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

Animal track making for kids: 10 a.m. Aug. 10. Learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Aug. 10. 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.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 10 a.m. Aug. 11. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Bald Eagle: 2 p.m. Aug. 11. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

I Can Fish: 10 a.m., Aug. 12. Following a 60 minute talk on fishing safety, identification, equipment, location and how to fish, we'll go fishing in Lake Andrew. All fishing equipment and bait provided. Limit 20 kids and they must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register at the interpretive center or call 320-354-2002. Vehicle needed.

Hairy critters: 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. Aug. 13. 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.

Bats of North America: 2 p.m. Aug. 13. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing diversity of bats and the importance of this "winged" mammal in insect control.

Prairie wildflowers I.D. and use: 10 a.m., Aug. 14. 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.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. Aug. 14. 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.

Snakes of Sibley: 2 p.m. Aug. 14. Join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration.

Wet and wild bugs: 11 a.m. Aug. 15. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

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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