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Conservation Calendar
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.

Sibley State park will have its annual outreach day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Parking is free and no permit will be required. The outreach day is held in conjunction with Prairie Pothole Day, which is held about a mile north of the park entrance at Stoney Ridge Farm on U.S. Highway 71.

Most of the programs will be at the Interpretive Center. The schedule for the day is:

Pat Boros Trail Run: 8:30 a.m. Run starts from Cedar Hill Picnic Area. Everyone welcome to participate, entrance fee for run.

Pontoon rides: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free pontoon rides on Lake Andrew courtesy of Let's Go Fishing, launching from the fishing pier at the swimming beach.

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

Kids fish and fishing program: 11 a.m. Kids, want to learn all kinds of cool stuff about fish and fishing? Bring parents and learn how to identify fish, make fish prints and your very own fishing lure.

Granite, Oak and Men: 11 a.m. 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.

Fiddlers "jam" session: 1 p.m. 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.

Snakes of Sibley: 3 p.m. Join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration. A bull snake and possibly others will make an appearance. Find out what other snakes live in the area.

Animal track making for kids: 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Sept. 18. 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.

Hairy critters: 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

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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