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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.

Autumn animal signs and stories: 10 a.m., Oct. 9. Beavers store food, birds migrate and chipmunks hibernate during winter. View the signs and hear the stories of animals preparing for winter.

Fall colors walk: 2 p.m., Oct. 9. Walk with a naturalist along a wooded trail and learn how sunlight, temperature, soil and leaves work together to produce fall colors.

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

Animal track making for kids: 10 a.m. Oct. 16. Learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. Oct. 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.

Autumn animal signs and stories: 10 a.m., Oct. 17. Beavers store food, birds migrate and chipmunks hibernate during winter. View the signs and hear the stories of animals preparing for winter.

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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