Calkins Nature Area

Winter Activities at Calkins Nature Area

Trail Groomer

Looking for a fun and challenging activity to break up the doldrums of winter? Come out to Calkins and give cross country skiing a try. We have equipment that can be checked out for free during business hours provided it is being used on the grounds at Calkins.

You may also rent equipment from us if you would like to take it off the premises or plan on keeping it over the weekend. Please download the rental agreement above for fees and guidelines.

Hardin County Conservation will groom ski trails with a groomer soon after an adequate snowfall. Trail grooming is currently being performed at Calkins Nature Area and Hardin County Conservation Headquarters Segment and we are looking at expanding our network of groomed trails soon.


Calkins Nature Center is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The grounds, including the trails and animal exhibits, are open from sunrise to sunset. Admission is FREE to the public.