It is the mission of Hardin County Conservation Board to:

Provide safe and healthful reactional opportunities

Protect and enhance county natural resources

Offer opportunities for our residents to participate in conservation education

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Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District - Tree/Shrub Orders

The Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District is currently selling trees and shrubs! Species, prices, and contact information can be found on the order form below.


To ensure availability, please order early. If you don't see a particular tree or shrub that you are interested in, please call the Soil & Water Conservation District office at 641-648-3463 ext. 3. 


Return order & payment to:

Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District

C/O Sarah Day

840 Brooks Rd.

Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Please contact Sarah Day with Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District at 641-648-3463 ext. 3 with any questions regarding the order forms.  


Iowa DNR Tree Distribution Program

  • The Iowa DNR, through a partnership with Alliant Energy and the USDA Forest Service, is excited to offer private residents the opportunity to buy landscape-sized trees at an extreme discount! Alliant Energy customers can participate and purchase up to two trees per planting address at $25 per tree. 
  • Order forms can be found at the Iowa DNR website on the right-side of the page under "Event Locations". 
  • Available Tree Species: Shagbark Hickory, Hackberry, Ginkgo, Tulip Tree, London Plane Tree, Shingle Oak, Bur Oak, American Linden/Basswood, Pagoda Dogwood, American Hornbeam, White Pine, & Serviceberry    
  • Trees will be available for pick up on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Calkins Nature Area (18335 135th St. Iowa Falls).
More Details


For more information, contact Shaila Claibourn, Urban and Community Forestry Technician, at 515-380-8876 or

Bessman-Kemp Park Hosts 

Hardin County Conservation is accepting applications for a park host at the Bessman-Kemp Park Campground located west of Alden for the 2023 campground season (April-September).

Duties include cleaning bathrooms, fire rings, and cabins, registering campers, managing cabin reservations, and providing a relaxing/safe environment for our guests. Applicant must complete and pass a background check and sex trafficking training, have a valid driver's license, and willingness to live on-site and work weekends, holidays, and nights. The park host will be compensated $600 for the season and provided a seasonal camping spot at the campground at no cost and paid $600 for the 2023 campground season. 
Please have applications submitted to Hardin County Conservation at 15537 S Ave. Ackley, Iowa or by Friday, January 27, 2023 to be considered for the position.