"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.



Motor Motor 5K Trail Run 
Saturday, March 17th, 9 am
Motor Mill Historic Site, Elkader, IA
Test your mettle and enjoy the scenery with this trail race on the rugged bluffs surrounding
the Motor Mill Historic Site.

Registration link and more info on the Events page.

O.W.L.S (Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls)

Shiitake Mushroom Growing Workshop

March 22,  9:45 AM
Turkey River Farms

Pete and Natasha Hegmann will be teaching participants to grow shiitake mushrooms on logs with the help of Will Lorentzen or Jupiter Ridge Farm.  Each participant will receive a mushroom log that they have inoculated themselves as they learn how to grow mushrooms.

The program will include a luncheon prepared by Turkey River Farm. Make sure to dress for the weather for this farm tour and workshop. Meet at Osborne Park at 9:45 to shuttle to the farm. Please make reservations as early as possible to make sure we have enough supplies on hand by calling (563) 245-1516 or visit the Osborne Nature Center.

Cost for workshop, mushroom log, and lunch:
$25.00 per person
$40.00 per couple (one log)
$15.00 for extra log

NatureNature Kids Tree Kids
Sunday, April 15th
Osborne Nature Center

Nature Kids is for children 3-5 years who want to learn about the natural world around them through
stories, crafts, and outdoor exploring at Osborne.
April Theme — Trees
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome to join.
Reservations need to be made (space is limited) by calling 563-245-1516.

Announcing the upcoming project: 

Osborne Nature Center Exhibit Renovations
Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation Grant Award- $17,116.76
ITC Midwest Grant Award – $1,500

Completion Date Spring 2018!




Visit Osborne, Job Posts & 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!

Deadline extended for applications –
Seasonal maintenance workers (5) will assist with maintenance and development of the county parks.

Employment Application

Seasonal Maintenance

Junior Naturalist Camp

troutThe program is offered only to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending Clayton County Schools or schools serving Clayton County students.

The JNP is an overnight camp program that focuses on exploring nature and the environment.  Activities are led by naturalists at the Osborne Center, local resource specialists and sportsmen.

Junior Naturalist Camp 2018

The Osborne Partners for Education Endowment Fund

Osborne Education Endowment Fund

Helpful Information

Due to the spring thaw & recent heavy rains, the following county parks are closed until further notice:
Bloody Run Park
Turkey River Park
Pony Hollow Trail
Frenchtown Park

  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

Clayton County Calendar of Events 2018


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.