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Conservation Calendar


Youth Wood Duck Box Building Day -- The annual Praire Pothole Chapter youth wood duck box building day will be from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 6, at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. The cost is $10 per box and a predator guard, wood shavings, poles and all mounting hardware are included. Limit two boxes per family. For more information, call 320-235-7287 or 320-214-1497.


Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email

Prairie Woods ELC

The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at Discount available on all classes for members.

Winter Family Fun Day -- 1 p.m. Feb. 7. Activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, winter birding and animal tracking. Ski and snowshoe rental is included in the fee, which is $5 per person or $15 maximum per family.

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

Snowshoe hike: 2 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 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.

Cross Country Ski lesson: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Learn the turning, flat, downhill and uphill techniques. Kids welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Need your own equipment. Reservations required, limit of 12. Call 320-354-2055.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Moonlight snowshoe hike: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, weather permitting. Enjoy an evening of showshoeing under the light of the moon with a guide leading the walk. Snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 10 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 354-2002 or 354-2055. Kids must be accompanied by one adult. If you have your own snowshoes you are also welcome on the hike. May be cancelled due to clouds.

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.