Clayton County Conservation - Osborne Nature Center

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

Iowa's County Conservation Board System startd 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.

Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Ph: 563-245-1516


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



We have hired a new director at Clayton County Conservation!


Please welcome Jenna Pollock, a Clayton County native, as our new director. We will have a "Meet and Greet" on April 21st from 3-5 pm at the Osborne Center.


The following parks are closed

until further notice:


Bloody Run Park

Turkey River Park

Pony Hollow Trail


Upcoming Public Programs 

Mark your calendars:

Birds, Blooms and Mushrooms
A May Day Hike
Friday, May 1st, 5:30 pm

 Thursday, April 16th, 11 am Reservations Required

See the events page for more details.


Hunter Education

The June class will be the 8th, 10th, 12th and 13th.

The August class will be the 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th.

Go to the education page to register.


Check back for more programs

yet to be scheduled.


Summer Employment Opportunities

Application deadline has been extended to
Friday, March 27th.

We are now accepting applications for Summer Naturalist and Summer Maintenance positions.



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:

Firewood Alert
Keep exotic insect pests away from Iowa trees. Bringing firewood from the states of MI (Lower Peninsula), OH, IL, WI, IN and IA is a violation of federal law as it may harbor Emerald Ash Borer, a major pest of Iowa's native trees.

Please buy your firewood LOCALLY, BURN IT ALL before you leave and
DO NOT take it home.

Visit the Osborne Center to view our display for more information or click on one of the links below.

Iowa DNR

Iowa State Extension

  Mission of Clayton County Conservation Board

The mission of the Clayton County Conservation Board is to promote the health and general welfare of the people; and to encourage preservation, conservation, education and recreation through responsible use and appreciation of our natural resources and cultural heritage.



The Clayton County Conservation Board does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age or disability. If anyone believes he or she may have been subjected to such discrimination, he or she may file a complaint with either the Clayton County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Phone: 563-245-1516

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