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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

Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 2 p.m. July 3; 10 a.m. July 6; 10 a.m. July 9. 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.

Loon, Minnesota's state bird: 7 p.m. July 3; 2 p.m. July 10. 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.

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.

Remarkable Reptiles: 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.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. July 5. 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, kids program: 2 p.m. July 5. Using fish pillows and posters, we will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts.

Hairy critters: 2 p.m. July 6. Using stuffed animals, skills and skulls, you will be introduced to the many animals of Sibley.

Dragons in the air: 2 p.m. July 7. 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!

I Can Fish: 10 a.m., July 8. 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.

Wet and wild bugs: 2 p.m. July 8. 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.

Bald Eagle: 2 p.m. July 9. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol, the bald eagle plus discover the bald eagles of Sibley.

Butterflies, winged wildflowers: 10 a.m. July 10. 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: 7 p.m. July 10. Join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration.

Minnesota's State Symbols: 11 a.m. July 11. Find out how the Minnesota state bird, flower and even muffin came to be during this PowerPoint presentation and discussion program.

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.