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

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.

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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. 28. 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.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Aug. 28. 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.

Fiddlers "jam" session: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 28. Join the Coffee Shop Fiddlers at the Interpretive Center as they have a little fun practicing and playing fiddle music. Come listen and join in.

Fish features and facts: 11 a.m. Aug. 29. Using fish pillows and posters, we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Animal track making for kids: 10 a.m. Aug. 30. Learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 10 a.m. Aug. 31. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Awesome Amphibians: 2 p.m. Aug. 31. Sibley State Park is a haven for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. Sept. 1. 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.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. Sept. 3. 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.

Hairy critters: 10 a.m. Sept. 2. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

Starry-eyed: 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Have you ever looked up into a starry sky searching for constellations. Learn the mythology behind some constellations and the stories behind your Zodiac sign along with other stargazing tips. We will make a star map you can try out at home.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. Sept. 3. 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.

White-tailed Ways: 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Explore the history and habits of the dear in the Sibley State Park area.

Monarch's miracle: 10 a.m. Sept. 4. A PowerPoint presentation on the changes in this butterfly and its migration.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Sept. 4. 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.

Bald Eagle: 10 a.m. Sept. 5. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Granite, Oak and Men: 2 p.m. Sept. 5. 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.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 10 a.m. Sept. 6. 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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