Winter Activities

When the weather turns cold in Hardin County, the fun is just beginning! 

Explore the views and solitude of the trails provided for you at one of our many parks!

Is the snow piling up? No worries, visit Calkins Nature Area to check out a pair of cross-country skis.

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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, 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 ...
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Just strap on your boots or snowshoes and explore the beauty of winter. You just may spot a white-tailed deer or wild turkey scratching through the snow to find a meal or watch the dark-eyed juncos hopping stem-to-stem across the prairie, stripping seeds off the dried prairie grasses.


On very cold mornings, you may spot a sun dog, like the one shown below. These are expectionally bright and are accompanied by a vertical sun pillar, parhelic circle (the horizontal line), the 22 degree halo and a circumzenithal arc.

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