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. 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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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.

WinterMorning

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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