Calkins Museum Remains Closed, Grand Opening TBD

The Calkins Nature Area museum is still under construction at this time. We are nearing completion of the wildlife and ecosystem exhibits, but still have work to do on the Native American portion of the expansion. As we draw closer to the conclusion of this project, please keep an eye out for a grand opening date. A public grand opening will be posted on our website when the project is finished. Until that time, we thank you for your patience as we work diligently to finish this amazing museum!Read More


Scheduling Education Programs for the School Year

With the school year rapidly approaching, interpretive programs will soon fill the majority of our education calendar. If you are a teacher, community group leader, or a member of a community organization, we recommend taking advantage of our free interpretive programs. Our programs are presented in your respective classrooms or meeting places. In other words, we come to you! All of our staff members are seasoned biologists who have many years of field related experience working with plants, invasive species, and wildlife. Often times, we discuss topics based around wildlife, conservation, the environment, and Iowa's natural history.Read More


Monarch Butterfly Tagging Event

Calkins Nature Area will be hosting its annual monarch butterfly tagging event on Wednesday, September 19th from 5-7 pm @ Calkins. The event is FREE and open to the public. At this event, you will have the opportunity to catch, tag, and release your very own monarch butterfly. We purchased 200 tags this year because participation has been so high the past couple of years. Bring your friends, family, and anyone else you know to this wonderful event. Not only is it a fun experience, but it provides researchers with a lot of important scientific data. Tagging monarchs helps in estimating overall monarch population size, the abundance of males vs. ...Read More


Hunter Education at Calkins

Hunter Education

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