Things To Do

Hardin County is full of recreational and educational opportunities!

Use the tools on this page to discover something new that Hardin County Conservation might have planned for you! 

Discover annual events like a kayaking trip down the scenic Iowa River, or even our exploration backpacks provided by Calkins Nature Area to expand your knowledge of your native woodland and prairie surroundings. Is it too cold outside? Never, check out winter activities for you to explore, as well as listings on our events calendar!


  1. Conservation Calendar

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  1. Sat Jan. 25

    Discover Iowa's Birds, Winter Rec Fest Calkins’ Nature Area staff members will teach all about Iowa’s winter birds inside the Hardin County Conservation Mobile Wildlife Observatory. Learn to use binoculars to view wild birds, learn more about winter bird, and see some birds up close inside our mobile observatory. As part of our activity, we will also be making snow animals at Riverbend Park after our bird discussion.
  2. 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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If you are interested in scheduling an event, email Calkins Nature Area staff.