The Hardin County Conservation Board and the citizens of Hardin County invite you to
come and experience the beauty and uniqueness our county has to offer.
Welcome to Hardin County Conservation
It is the mission of the Hardin County Conservation Board to provide safe and healthful
recreational opportunities, to protect and enhance county natural resources and to
offer opportunities for our residents to participate in conservation education.
The first meeting of the Hardin County Conservation Board was held on July 8, 1958. On
August 12, 1958, the first parcel of property was given to Hardin County Conservation
Board and is now known as Bigelow Park. On October 5, 1960, Homer Calkins was hired
as the first executive director.
Over the years the Hardin County Conservation Board had acquired 63 areas and
manages over 2,798 acres of timber, prairie, wetlands, parks, campgrounds and the
Calkins Nature Area.
Hardin County has a rich history in many aspects. The Iowa River Greenbelt has been
an attraction for people since prehistoric times. One reason for this is the three geological
surfaces found in Hardin County, consisting of the Iowan Erosion Surface east of the Iowa
River, the Des Moines Lobe west of the Iowa River and the Southern Iowa Drift Plain in
the southern part of the county.