Winter Activities

When the weather turns cold in Hardin County, the fun is just beginning! 

Explore the views and solitude of the trails provided for you at one of our many parks!

Is the snow piling up? No worries, visit Calkins Nature Area to check out a pair of cross-country skis.


  1. Conservation Calendar

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  1. Sat Apr. 17

    Creature Features: All About Amphibians Coming up in April, FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS! Creature Features will be on Saturdays in April. These short, 30 minute programs are free of charge and anyone can attend. Programs will be held at Estes Park in Iowa Falls from 12 pm to 12:30 pm and will be hosted by Calkins/Hardin County Conservation Naturalists. Each week will feature different animals (some live animals) and animal topics you see listed below. April 10 - Mysterious Mammals April 17 - All About Amphibians April 24 - Raptors of Iow...
  2. Sat Apr. 24

    Creature Features: Raptors of Iowa Coming up in April, FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS! Creature Features will be on Saturdays in April. These short, 30 minute programs are free of charge and anyone can attend. Programs will be held at Estes Park in Iowa Falls from 12 pm to 12:30 pm and will be hosted by Calkins/Hardin County Conservation Naturalists. Each week will feature different animals (some live animals) and animal topics you see listed below. April 10 - Mysterious Mammals April 17 - All About Amphibians April 24 - Raptors of Iow...
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Just strap on your boots or snowshoes and explore the beauty of winter. You just may spot a white-tailed deer or wild turkey scratching through the snow to find a meal or watch the dark-eyed juncos hopping stem-to-stem across the prairie, stripping seeds off the dried prairie grasses.

WinterMorning

On very cold mornings, you may spot a sun dog, like the one shown below. These are expectionally bright and are accompanied by a vertical sun pillar, parhelic circle (the horizontal line), the 22 degree halo and a circumzenithal arc.

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