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.
M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club will hold an M1 Garand Shoot July 6 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. June 5; 10 a.m. June 11; 2 p.m. June 12. 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.
Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. June 5. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!
Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. June 5. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.
Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. June 5. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature. Discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.
Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 11 a.m. June 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.
Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. June 6. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.
I Can Fish: 10 a.m., June 10. 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, young children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-register at the interpretive center. Vehicle needed.
Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. June 10. 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.
Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. June 11. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.
Bluebird conservation story: 10 a.m. June 12. A presentation about the eastern bluebird and what you can do to help it survive and thrive.
Fish features and facts, kids program: 1 p.m. June 12. Using fish pillows and posters, we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.
Bats, nature's night watch: 7 p.m. June 12. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature. Discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.
Dragons in the air: 11 a.m. June 13. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!
Bald Eagle: 2 p.m. June 13. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.
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