Things To Do

Hardin County is full of recreational and educational opportunities!

Use the tools on this page to discover something new that Hardin County Conservation might have planned for you! 

Discover annual events like a kayaking trip down the scenic Iowa River, or even our exploration backpacks provided by Calkins Nature Area to expand your knowledge of your native woodland and prairie surroundings. Is it too cold outside? Never, check out winter activities for you to explore, as well as listings on our events calendar!


  1. Conservation Calendar

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  1. Tue Feb. 9 - Mon Mar. 1

    Youth Ice Fishing Photo Contest Kids Fishing Photo Contest is going on until mid-February so get your children outdoors and on the ice for some great fishing. Photo submissions can be sent our nature center email address, calkins@hardincountyia.gov Things to note: The fish must be caught between January 16 and February 20 of 2021 Only kids 15 years or younger can participate. There is no fee to send in photos. When you send in pictures, make sure your child AND the fish are in the photo. Add a time and date in the email ...
  2. Sat Mar. 20

    Socially Distanced Lunch and Learn: All About Otters Bring your lunch to the park, take a seat, and learn about some unique wildlife with Calkins’ Nature Area staff members. The first weekend we will be discussing the unique characteristics of otters, the habitats they call home, and why they are an important species for our aquatic ecosystems.
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If you are interested in scheduling an event, email Calkins Nature Area staff.