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.

  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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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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