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Conservation Calendar


Spring 3-D Shoots -- Little Crow Archers will hold Spring 3-D Shoot May 22-23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. There will be 30 Outdoor 3-D targets. It will be held at the Little Crow Archers' Outdoor Range, 16952 118th St. NW, Sunburg. For more information, contact Dennis Winzenburg at 320-366-3651.

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.


Spring 3-D Bow League -- The Little Crow Archers and Swift County Archers are hosting a Spring 3-D League for six weeks starting April 28 and running through June 5. It will run Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon at the outdoor range near Sunburg (16952 118th Street, watch for signs). The cost is $36 per person. For more information, contact Dennis Winzenburg at 320-366-3651.

M1 Garand Shoot -- The Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club will hold an M1 Garand Shoot June 1, 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 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

Songs of the Forest: 9 a.m. May 22. The naturalist will lead a walk to various habitats to identify different bird songs and discuss the reasons for singing.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. May 22-23. 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.

Parker Fremberg trail walk: 10 a.m. May 23. 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.

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.