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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.


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

Butterflies, winged wildflowers: 10 a.m. June 26; 10 a.m. June 29. Explore one of nature's most beautiful and graceful creatures while observing some of the more than 54 different butterflies in Sibley.

Snakes of Sibley: 10 a.m. June 26. Join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 2 p.m. June 26. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

Fiddlers "jam" session: 6:30 p.m., June 26. Join the Coffee Shop Fiddlers at the Interpretive Center as they have a little fun practicing and playing fiddle music. Come listen and join in.

Awesome Amphibians: 11 a.m. June 27; 10 a.m. July 2. Sibley State Park is a haven for 10 of the 19 species of amphibians found in Minnesota.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 2 p.m. June 28; 7 p.m. July 3. 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.

Hairy critters: 2 p.m. June 29. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

Remarkable Reptiles: 2 p.m. June 30; 11 a.m. July 4. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota. Learn about snakes, turtles and lizards.

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. June 30; 2 p.m. July 3. 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.

I Can Fish: 10 a.m., July 1. Following a 60 minute talk on fishing safety, identification, equipment, location and how to fish, we'll go fishing in Lake Andrew. All fishing equipment and bait provided. Limit 20 kids with at least one adult. Pre-register at the interpretive center. Vehicle needed.

Dragons in the air: 2 p.m. July 1. 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!

DNR fish hatchery tour: 10 a.m. July 2. A tour of the fish hatchery in New London will leave from the interpretive center by personal auto. A DNR fisheries employee will help you examine walleye egg stripping, incubation, hatching, fry rearing and stocking.

Granite, Oak and Men: 2 p.m. July 2. The beautiful and skillfully constructed buildings in Sibley were built by unemployed World War I veterans who lived and worked here from 1935-38. The park naturalist will use a PowerPoint presentation and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.

Prairie wildflowers: 10 a.m., July 3. Take a stroll to examine and identify native prairie wildflowers and explore their uses. Will also examine the park staff efforts to restore this rare natural resource.

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.