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. Fri May 28

    Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientist Workshop: Raptors and Migratory Birds Join Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center), Mark Roberts (Clinton County Conservation), and Brian Ritter (Nahant Marsh Education Center) at Calkins Nature Area on May 28th and 29th for a Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientists Workshop. Their programming will be based around the Raptors and Warblers of Iowa. This event is free to attend, it is HIGHLY interactive, and it is great for all ages. If you have any interest in birding, hawks, owls, or migratory avian species at all...
  2. Sat May 29

    Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientist Workshop: Morning Hike, Warbler Talk, Warbler Hike Register for the opportunity to join Kelly McKay (BioEco Research and Monitoring Center), Mark Roberts (Clinton County Conservation), and Brian Ritter (Nahant Marsh Education Center) at Calkins Nature Area on May 28th and 29th for a Building Better Birders and Citizen Scientists Workshop. Their programming will be based around the Raptors and Warblers of Iowa. This event is free to attend, it is HIGHLY interactive, and it is great for all ages. If you have any interest in birding, hawks, owls, o...
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If you are interested in scheduling an event, email Calkins Nature Area staff.