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 US Highway 71. 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 can be used during daylight hours free of charge. A bathroom with a composting toilet is open next to the pavilion. Pets must be on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled with a reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon on Friday. Two-hour equipment rentals are $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894.
- Game day at the Pioneer Cabin: Oct. 20, 4 to 5:30 pm, grades 1-5, $6.50, advance registration required. Who’s up for some friendly competition? After dressing up as a pioneer, unplug for an afternoon of blind man’s bluff, a three-legged race, a game of graces (hoops & sticks), kubb and many more pioneer games. If it’s raining, we’ll see how you do at jacks, pick-up sticks, and card games. Meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site.
- Halloween Haunt: Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., grades K-5, $10, must be accompanied by an adult. Talk to the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are doing to prepare for winter, decorate a cookie, play games and climb the indoor wall, all while wearing your costume.
- Pioneer crafts: November 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m., grades 1-5, $8, advance registration required. Dress up as a pioneer and make different crafts. Learn which crafts to make for fun (corn husk dolls, buzz saws) and which to make for necessity (dipping candles, sewing) and take home what you’ve made. Meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site.
- Story time at the Pioneer Cabin: Nov. 17, 4 to 5:15 pm, grades K-3, $6.50, parent or guardian free, advance registration required. Dress up as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what life was like as a pioneer, listen to a book and do an activity that Laura did. Various books and activities from the September event.
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Strategic farming: Field Notes: Wednesday, 8 am, free, 30-minute University of Minnesota Extension webinar on Zoom for farmers and ag professionals. Register for live sessions at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming . The program will feature a live webinar with interactive discussion among attendees, addressing seasonal cropping issues as they arise. Weekly topics will be announced during the week of the program, maintaining flexibility to respond to issues that emerge in 2022. For those unable to attend live, the discussion-based series will be posted immediately following the webinar on services of podcast-streaming. Subscribe to iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Google podcasts.
Horticulture Display Garden: Open daily from dawn to dusk, West Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of Minnesota, 46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris. Please follow all safety procedures and protocols posted at garden entrances and informational kiosks.