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January 2020

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  1. Sat Feb. 22

    Hardin County Archaeology Day Join Hardin County Conservation on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Calkins Nature Area for our first annual Hardin County Archaeology Day! Activities will include classes, demonstrations, spear throwing, guided tours and more.
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  1. day 3 IFA

    Day 3 with IFA High School J-Term Students

    Students practiced wilderness rescue and safety. Pictured is a group of students who got help with rescuing a group member playing the injured with serious head injury symptoms. The member was safely stabilized on a flat surfaced and rescued to safety.
  2. IAFA Day 2

    Day 2, Iowa Falls-Alden High School J-Term Students enjoying hotdogs and beans over their fire

    On Tuesday, January 7th, our second day with Iowa Falls-Alden High School J-Term students, they continued with their fire building skills, as well as their over-the-fire cooking!
  3. IA Falls JTerm Primitive

    Iowa Falls-Alden High School J-Term students practicing Winter Survival

    The Iowa Falls-Alden High School J-Term program invited Hardin County Conservation staff to assist as part of the judging panel for the primitive shelters and fire building skills for their Winter Survival projects. Read on...
  4. Archaeology Day

    1st Annual Hardin County Archaeology Day

    Join Hardin County Conservation on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Calkins Nature Area for our first annual Hardin County Archaeology Day! Activities will include classes, demonstrations, spear throwing, guided tours and more. Read on...
  5. Shooting Range Members

    Thank You Pine Ridge Shooting Range Members

    The Conservation Board would like to thank the staff and members of the Pine Ridge Shooting Range for helping us replace the decking on the bridge at Pine Ridge Park. The bridge is now much safer to travel over and allows for better access.
  6. Girl Scouts Bugs

    Thanks to Eldora/South Hardin Girls Scouts

    Thanks to the Eldora/South Hardin Girl Scouts for coming out to earn their bug badges in October 2019. We caught predacious diving beetles, dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, scuds, water boatmans, and backswimmers in the nature center pond. Read on...
  7. No Pets

    Please - No Pets At Calkins

    As you enter the driveway at Calkins Nature Area, there are signs that say "No Pets." As much as we would love to have your pets visit us, we do not allow pets for a number of reasons. Read on...
  8. Brook Trout

    Wildlife Closeup: Brook Trout

    Brook trout are Iowa's only native member of the salmonid family. Rainbow trout and brown trout were brought here as sport fish for anglers many years ago. They are not native. Read on...
  9. Squirrels

    Friday Fun Fact - Squirrels

    Friday’s Fact: When winter approaches, squirrels utilize an unusual food saving strategy known as “caching.” Read on...
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