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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.

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 29 and June 5. 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: 10 a.m. May 29, 31 and June 5. 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.

Bats, nature's night watch: 2 p.m. May 29 and June 5. A PowerPoint presentation explores the amazing nighttime creature. Discover the myths and facts of this fascinating but misunderstood animal.

Deer watch: 7:30 p.m. May 29. Following a slide show on the history and habits of the deer in Sibley participants will take an observation walk. Binoculars are recommended.

Wet and wild bugs: 11 a.m. May 30. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of aquatic insects. Examine snorkelers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs and underwater dragonflies. PowerPoint and collecting walk.

Fish features and facts: 1 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m. June 6. Using fish pillows and posters, we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 3 p.m. May 30. Have you heard the "wail" of the loon and wished you knew more about Minnesota's state bird? Discover the calls of the loon, its habitat, food requirements and family life.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. June 5. Sibley is home to over 20 different dragonflies. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. June 5. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Amazing Amphibians: 2 p.m. June 6. Sibley State Park is a home for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders.

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.