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. 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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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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