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


Junior Naturalist Camps
We still have room in our Junior Naturalist Camps this summer. See the education page for more information and an application.

Hardwoods and Hi-Tech

Saturday, July 18th, 10am at Osborne Nature Center

Join the seasonal naturalists for an opportunity to learn how to identify many of Iowa’s trees! Incorporating the use of technology in today’s society is very important. In addition to learning how to identify some of Iowa’s trees, we will be using handheld GPS systems to test your knowledge. 

See the education page for more info!

Canoe the Turkey
August TBA, Elkader to Motor Mill
Enjoy some of Northeast Iowa’s best scenery and wildlife viewing during this fun float.

41st Annual Osborne Heritage Days
Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11
10 am – 4 pm each day
Osborne Pioneer Village

Learn more about Heritage Days!

Hunter Education
Our last class for 2015 is August 10, 12 and 14 from 6-9 pm and August 15 from 7:30-12:30 pm

Students must attend all 4 classes per session. On-line registrations are encouraged. See the education page to register. 


See the events page for more details.

WW Homestead Dairy
Thursday, July 16th, 10am
Reservations Required

John Deere Tractor and Engine Works Museum
August 20th 


Visit Osborne & More!

Osborne Welcome Center and Osborne Park

The Osborne Park is located 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13 and features at 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

Bloody Run Park

The back part of  Bloody Run Park is open, but the front part is closed until further notice.

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.