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  1. Thu Feb. 2

    Tree Planting Workshop The goal of the workshop is to spread knowledge and awareness of the importance and benefits of trees in the community, and to encourage successful tree planting efforts by private homeowners. Speakers will include Joe Herring, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forester, members of the Iowa Falls Tree Keepers group, and Gary Stenzel. Attendees will gain knowledge of city tree planting ordinances and initiatives, tree selection, proper planting techniques, and information on this spring’s up...
  2. Sat Feb. 11

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Annual Events

Hardin County Conservation Board hosts and partners in many public events each year. 

Calkins Nature Area’s Archaeology Day

Spring Wildflower Walk

The day is spent hiking the 76 acres of Calkins Nature Area grounds, scouting wildflowers, capturing breathtaking photos, and enjoying every serene second of nature's captivating spring beauty.

Spring and Fall River Floats

Fly Tying

Calkins Interpretive Assistant presents a fly tying tutorial class at Calkins Nature Area. 

Summer Night Hike

During the summer in Hardin County, the conservation staff invites the public to join us at Calkins Nature Area for the annual night hike. The hike includes various family-friendly activities and stops set up in the moonlit woodland bottoms of the Iowa River on the Calkins Nature Area grounds.

Halloween Hike

Join us for a night of spooky adventures in October ! The night is full of costumes, candy, games, and a hay ride! Children and parents are welcome to join in the fun with face-painting, scary stories, creepy critters and Halloween crafts. The event is free to attend and great for families.

Christmas at Calkins

Join us in December for the annual Christmas at Calkins holiday event. People of all ages are welcome to attend and join in on the holiday fun. This free event will include games, crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa himself!

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