Garden tool talk: Sept. 15, 6 to 7 p.m., in the horticulture display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Learn how to sharpen, maintain and clean your garden tools. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information see wcroc.cfans.umn.edu or call 320-589-1711.
Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark daily until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.
Fall Migration Birding Walk: Sept. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Glacial Lakes State Park, rural Starbuck. Meet at the beach parking lot and join the area naturalist for a morning of birds and fall migration. Following an introduction to birds and some birding tips or tricks, the naturalist will leading a one-hour walk to explore fall migration and discover which birds are making all of the chirps, tweets and toodle-dees. This is great for beginning birders or anyone just wanting to get out birding with the naturalist on a beautiful fall morning. Bring your nature questions as well as your binoculars and camera if you have them. Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated visitors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Clean up the Crow: Sept. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mill Pond boat landing, New London. The 16th annual morning of garbage picking will be followed by a complimentary lunch at the Goat Ridge Brewery to tell stories about the trash found (i.e. a TV, Frisbee, wallet), and other ways to positively impact water quality on the Crow River. All volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Andy Johnson at 320-796-0888 or email Andy@mfcrow.org.
Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. Construction projects include renovation of the amphitheater near the Interpretive Center and a new trail connecting Sibley State Park to the Glacial Lakes State Trail, which requires closing of the Mt. Tom Trail this summer. The beach store is open. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Trails at the rural Spicer center may be used during daylight hours at no cost. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled on a reservation basis, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon Friday.
Adaptive Grazing Field Day: Sept. 21, 3 to 7 p.m., Voss Farms, 27725 Business 23 E., Paynesville, free. Register in advance by calling Jared Luhman at 507-271-5968 or email email@example.com. The Doug Voss family raises grass-fed beef, free range chickens, and has custom and seasonal grazing enterprises. Adaptive grazing, fencing, water infrastructure, bale grazing and more will be showcased at this field day. Voss is also the Grazing Lead for the Sustainable Farming Association. More soil health resources and events can be found on the Sustainable Farming Association website at sfa-mn.org.
Suicide Prevention: Sept. 21, Oct. 19 or Dec. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., free, online. NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a suicide prevention class tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. It is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. To register, see “Classes” at namimn.org. For more information, call 651-645-2948.