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Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Weekend activities
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201


Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers, snowshoers and skiers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. The seven miles of ski trails are open from 9 a.m. to sunset. No dogs on ski trails, and pets should be on a leash. Ski and snowshoe rental is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and other times by appointment. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by e-mail at For more information check the Web site at or call.


Winter family fun day: 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7; $5 per person, $15 max per family. Celebrate winter with outdoor activities for everyone in the family; snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter birding and animal tracking. Ski and showshoe rental included, ski instruction provided by volunteers.

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.

Snowshoe hike: 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting; following a brief talk, a naturalist will lead a beautiful and exhilarating winter hike. Snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 10 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 320-354-2055. Kids must be accompanied by one adult.

Animal track making for kids: 2 p.m. Sunday; learn about animal tracks by making tracks from plaster of paris and rubber molds. Take a short walk in the snow to look for tracks and signs of wildlife. An adult must accompany children. Reservations required, limit 10. Call 320-354-2055.

Physical activities

Willmar Civic Center

Skating and curling will be either in the Civic Center or the Blue Line Arena; $2 for all ages; $1.50 skate rental, unless otherwise stated.

Open skating: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays

Leisure time hockey, adults only: 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Sunday

Youth open hockey, grades 4 through 9: times will vary on Monday evenings.

Outdoor skating rinks

Warming houses: Garfield, Lincoln and Hilltop, open and staffed, at 4 p.m. school days, 1 p.m. weekends and school holidays; close at 9 p.m. nightly.

If you would like your Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday event listed in Weekend, submit it online at 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 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.