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Weekend activities
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Outdoors

Sibley State Park

Interpretive Center open during the week; call 320-354-2002 for hours.

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.

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Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. Saturday; a naturalist-led walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Fish features and facts: 10:30 a.m. Saturday; examine fish parts, fish life and Minnesota fish facts along with playing the Fish Facts Quiz; a kids'/parents' program.

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

Bluebird conservation story: 11 a.m. Sunday; a presentation about the bluebird and what you can do to help it survive and thrive.

Woodland Wildflowers: 2 p.m. Sunday; following a presentation, participants will take a short walk to view Sibley's wildflowers.

Prairie Woods ELC

At Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, hikers are welcome on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets must be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by e-mail at pwelc@co.kandiyohi.mn.us. For more information check the Web site at www.prairiewoodselc.org or call.

Lower Sioux Agency

The Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site is nine miles east of Redwood Falls on Redwood County 2. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and holidays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for ages 6-12. For more information call 507-697-6321 or check the Minnesota Historical Society Web site at www.mnhs.org.

Footprints of History: Join a guided tour which will offer insights into traditional Dakota culture; how the lives of the Dakota changed because of government policies and treaties; the role and purpose of the Lower Sioux Agency; how the Agency would have looked 150 years ago; and the events that led up to the U.S.-Dakota War. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Spring planting day: Learn about the planting techniques that were used by the Dakota Indians long ago and how gardening has changed over the years at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Join in the children's program on spring planting and help plant corn, beans and squash in the Dakota garden. Children can take home a plant.

Physical activities

Disc Golf course

Open during park hours, park in main lot, 9-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Washington Learning Center; 325 Willmar Ave. S.W., Willmar

If you would like your Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday event listed in Weekend, submit it online at www.wctrib.com. Click on "submit event" under the calendar on the home page and fill out the form.

Or write the information briefly and mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail donnam@wctrib.com with Weekend in the subject line.

Events must be open to the public. Arts events are listed in today's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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