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


See the events page for more details.

Floating at Sunset
Saturday August 1st
5 pm
Turkey River Landing – across from the Rural Heritage Museum (old sale barn)

Motor Mill Announcement We regret to announce that Motor Mill Historic site will not have its regular tours on August 8th and 9th due to volunteers needing to staff the Clayton County Fair Booth. You may visit Motor Mill Historic Site for guided tours again on August 22nd and 23rd when they will next be offering tours of the historic 1860’s mill, related buildings, and town site. Tours are offered throughout the day from 12-5pm on open weekends.

The Lost Art of Creek Stomping
Saturday August 29th
10 am
Osborne Park

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. 


John Deere Tractor and Engine Works Museum
August 20th
Shuttle leaves Osborne at 9 am
Reservations Required

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

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.