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Conservation Calendar


Ladies Only Kayaking -- Minnewaska Kayak will be holding Ladies Only Kayaking nights three nights per week at various locations: Tuesdays at Lake Agnes in Alexandria, Wednesdays at Sauk Lake in Sauk Centre and Thursdays at Lake Hassel north of Benson. For more information, call Minnewaska Kayak at 320-239-5925 or visit


Sibley State Park Improvement Association -- The annual meeting of the Sibley State Park Improvement Association will be held Monday, Sept. 22 at the Sibley State Park Interpretive Center at 7 p.m.

Prairie Woods ELC

Fall Open House -- Prairie Woods' Annual Fall Open House will be held Sunday, Sept. 21 from 1-5 p.m. Fun for all ages can be found at PWELC. There will be climbing activities with the outdoor climbing tower, interpretive guide tours of the American Indian history site, the butterfly garden will be open and the Westby Educational Shooting Range will be open from 1-4 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free, though some events will require tokens that can be purchased on site. The Shooting Range activities will require cash. For more information, call 320-354-5894

Sibley State Park

The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002.

Autumn wildflowers: 10 a.m., Sept. 13. Take a short walk to see wildflowers such as asters and goldenrods and discuss their ecology, use and folklore.

Fish features and facts: 2 p.m. Sept. 13. We will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts along with playing the Fish Facts Quiz. This is a kids/parents program.

Beginning winter bird feeding: 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Learn about foods, feeders, bird identification and behavior. Free bird feeder designs and information.

Parker Fremberg trail walk: 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Join the park naturalist on a walk to discover the oak savanna and visit the sites of families that lived here long ago. The trail is 1.5 miles and gently rolling. Binoculars furnished.

Beginning winter bird feeding: 2 p.m. Sept. 20. Learn about foods, feeders, bird identification and behavior. Free bird feeder designs and information.

Autumn animal signs and stories: 10 a.m., Sept. 21. 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 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.