The third entity of the Ellsworth College Foundation is the Friends of Calkins Nature Center. Like the other entities, Friends of Calkins has a board made up of Hardin County individuals and relatives of the Calkins’ family. There focus is to bring nature to all. They offer many, many children’s activities, camps and events. Along with the staff at Calkins’ (employees of Hardin County Conservation) and HCC Director Wes Weise, the nature center, animals, and land are well taken care of and preserved for the benefit of all.

Gwen Groen

Gwen Groen

Calkins Nature Center a beautiful addition to Hardin County and serves individuals from across Iowa and beyond. Calkins offers walking paths, snowshoes, cross-county skiing and a staff always there to introduce you to their “wild kingdom” and animals.

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