Christmas at Calkins a Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out for Christmas at Calkins this past Sunday, December 11, 2016. We hope the families had fun with crafts, snacks, activities, and meeting Santa Claus. Calkins next event will be sometime in late spring, but we will keep you updated often with progress reports on the new museum and shop buildings at the nature center!

Facilities at the nature center will be open ...Read More


Viewing Platform at Pintail Wetlands

Newly constructed observation deck at Pintail Wetland.

Hardin County Conservation has finished up the viewing platform out at Pintail Wetlands. This was made possible through grants from our local Audubon Society group, Praire Rapids Audubon Society and the Iowa Ornithologist Union. The platform turned out great with ...Read More


New Raptor Pens at Calkins

Construction will soon begin on a renovation of our existing raptor pens. The existing pens are constructed of old telephone poles, galvanized metal chain link fence, and nylon netting all of which are in desperate need of replacement before winter hit.

The new enclosures will be roughly the same size but will be constructed of vinyl coated chain link fence which is safer for the birds, long lasting, and will provide better viewing opportunities for visitors.

The construction will be done by Breeze Construction of Alden and should take about a week to ...Read More


Calkins Nature Area Receives Donation From Flint Hills Energy

Ryan Edecker presents Chris Barber with a donation check.Calkins Manager, Chris Barber, received a check from Ryan Edecker of Flint Hills Energy at a check presentation ceremony at the Calkins Nature Center. Flint Hills Energy made the donation in order support our mission of environmental protection and educations. A big thank you to them for their ...Read More