Calkins Field Trips

Field Trip BeginningAre you looking for a fun, interesting, and educational activity to do with your school or community group? Well, a guided field trip to Calkins Nature Area may be just what you are looking for.

Scheduling a Field Trip

Field trips are a free service that Hardin County Conservation staff provide. We can accommodate groups up to 50 people, but we can do larger groups with teacher/staff participation. There is also an area to eat your sack lunch or snacks for mid-day field trips.

Call the Calkins Nature Center at 641-648-9878 or email Chris Barber, Interpretive Park Manager, for more information or to arrange a field trip.


The kids love to race the box turtles after learning the differences between reptiles and amphibiansHere are some of the activities during your visit:

  • Bird Watching at the Bird Observatory
  • Forest Hike
  • Live Animal Exhibit
  • Museum Visit
  • Nature Games
  • Plus Personalize Programming
  • Prairie Hike