"The Clayton County Conservation Board invites you to visit and enjoy the natural resources and recreational opportunities in Clayton County."


For more information on programs, go to the events page.

Clayton County Conservation wants to hear from YOU!  We’re updating our 5-year plan and want to know what areas we’re doing well and what areas need more focus.  You’re feedback will help inform the Board and guide them in the decision making process. Thank you!

Spread the word – Take the Survey!



Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls

More details on Events page!

Nature’s S.T.E.M.
Friday, July 21st, 9:00am-3:00pm
Motor Mill Historic Site

Explore historic Motor Mill as we discover the connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with nature.
This free day camp is open to 6-12 year old’s.
Reservations required 563-245-1516

Visit Osborne & More!

Osborne Welcome Center and Osborne Park

The Osborne Park is located 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13 and features a Native Wildlife Exhibit, walking trails, open shelters, Nature and Welcome Center, gift shop.

Come visit with us and see what great and unusual products are available right here at Osborne!

Helpful Information

Paddling the Turkey and Volga Rivers is not advised due to high water (7/22)

Pony Hollow Trail – is closed today (7/20) due to fallen trees from last night’s storm. Please be patient with crews as they work to clean up the trail and our other county parks that had damage.

  Bloody Run Park News 


Bloody Run Park News

Ticks and lyme disease

It’s tick season; be sure to check when you’ve been out in the woods or grasslands. Follow these links for symptoms, treatment and prevention of lyme disease:


Visitor/Nature Center Hours

Summer Schedule
April to October
8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday
12:00-4:00pm Sunday

Winter Schedule
October to April
Monday- Saturday
Closed on Sundays

All parks close at 10:30 pm


Iowa’s County Conservation Board System started in 1955. Clayton County’s Conservation Board continues to strive to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Code (acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the citizens of the county forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas. To promote and preserve the general welfare of the people). The Clayton County Conservation Board manages some 1000 acres.