Public Programs

Each year Hardin County Conservation and Calkins Nature Area partner with other organizations and agencies to host a variety of educational programs that are open to the public and free to attend. 

Some of our recent public educational programs include:

  • Spring Wildflower Walk
  • Canoe and Kayak River Expeditions
  • Landscaping With Native Plants Seminar
  • Archaeology Seminars
  • Hunting Seminars
  • Birds of Prey/Raptors (live exhibition)

Watch our calendar of events on this site, local newspapers, radio stations, the My County Parks website and our Facebook page for information about upcoming public programs.


Traveling Environmental Education Programs


Each year, Calkins Nature Area staff gives dozens of talks at schools, retirement homes and various community groups. We strive to make our programs interesting and interactive for all ages. We love to bring live critters with us when we can. Conservation staff can also assist groups with prairie and tree planting demonstrations. These programs are performed free of charge as long as they are in Hardin County.

Contact Calkins Nature Area staff by phone at 641-648-9878 or email Calkins staff to schedule a program for your school, organization or other community group. 

Summer Day Camps

We invite youth to join us for a week of daily summer camps. Each camp will allow children the opportunity to unplug and immerse themselves in a week of experiencing nature. Camp activities include a wide variety of nature-themed games, crafts, wilderness skills and exploration hikes. 

Dates and details will be announced on our Facebook Page and website calendar each year. 

Scenic Manor Group
Tundra the owl
Camp Nature Hike
Calkins Summer Camp Indoor