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 Aug. 31

    Hunter's Education Field Day Course Hardin County Conservation staff will be hosting a Hunter's Education Field Day Course at Calkins Nature Area on Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM. Registration for this seminar will be available through the Iowa DNR's Hunter Education site. This is a field day for the certification of young hunters who have already completed their online portion of the Iowa Hunter's Education course. This is going to be the only course we will host between now and the end of 2021, and is scheduled ahead of all 20...
  2. Sat Oct. 9

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If you are interested in scheduling an event, email Calkins Nature Area staff.