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The Calkins Nature Center

Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Calkins Nature Area is a truly unique asset to Hardin County. Located between Iowa Falls and Alden, Calkins Nature Area boasts a first rate nature center of over 6,000 square feet which greets you as you enter 76 acres of rolling hills, nestled up to the banks of the Iowa River. With a keen eye, many of Iowa’s native wildlife species can be spotted year round while exploring the extensive network of nature trails at Calkins. There are miles of trail system on the grounds of Calkins Nature Area for exploration and discovery. Visitors can get an up-close view of Monarch metamorphism in the Shirley Welden Butterfly House and test their bird identification skills at the bird blind. Calkins Nature Center contains a Native American and Natural History Museum that tells the story of the county’s ecological and cultural history. The museum is home to one of central Iowa’s largest collections of Native American artifacts dating back to the earliest inhabitants of North America. There is also a classroom, resource library and great room that is available for meetings and public programs.

Admission is free to the public. Calkins Nature Center is located at 18335 135th Street, Iowa Falls, IA

Open Daily 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The grounds, including the trails and animal exhibits, are open from sunrise to sunset.

Farm2Ranch406 Stevens Street, Iowa Falls, IA 50126 • Tel: (800) 442-3276 • Email: