Fly Casting Classes

Join us on Saturday April 20th or Saturday April 27th for fly fishing classes! We will meet at Calkins Nature Area from 12 pm to 2 pm and cast in the open front yard of the nature center. This is a beginner only class and teaches the basics to properly cast a fly with a fly fishing rod. There are 12 spots available and you must RSVP and make your $20 payment to hold your spot. Payments can be addressed to Hardin County Conservation, but you must send your payments to Calkins Nature Area 18335 135th St., Iowa Falls, IA. For more questions, contact the nature center at 641-648-9878 or you can reach us via email. ...Read More


Fly Tying Classes

On February 9th and February 16th from 12 pm to 2 pm, Hardin County Conservation will be hosting fly tying classes at Calkins Nature Area. These classes are great for families, crafters, beginner and experienced tyers, or those generally interested in learning how to tie flies and jigs for fishing. There are 15 spots available for both classes, meaning pre-registration is required. The class is $20 per person and all tying materials, vises, and other necessary supplies will be provided at no additional cost. You will also get to take home all of the flies that you tie! After all, it is rewarding to catch a fish on a fly or lure that you hand crafted. If you have never fly fished or tied flies, we highly recommend attending the class on ...Read More


Christmas at Calkins on December 8th

Christmas at CalkinsSaturday, December 8, 20182:00pm - 5:00pm Hardin County Conservation, in cooperation with the Friends of Calkins Nature Area, will be hosting the annual Christmas at Calkins. We invite you to come out to Calkins Nature Area to visit Santa and enjoy a variety of fun activities, live entertainment, and enjoy snacks and hot chocolate. The event is FREE and open to the public. We ask that children remain under the supervision of an adult at all times. Activities taking place (* indicates weather dependent): Animal Track Wreath Making Giant Prairie Slingshot Prairie Seed Snowball Craft New Museum Scavenger Hunt Cookies, snacks, and hot chocolate Cross country skiing* Snowman building* Entertainment Line Up: Live ...Read More