"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
Tuesday, August 22
“Mississippi River Adventure on the Maiden Voyage”
Shuttle leaves Osborne Park at 9:15 a.m.
Reservations Required

More details on Events page!

This Land Is Your Land: A history
Tuesday, August 22nd, 5:30 pm
Osborne Nature Center

BLM, NPS, DNR, CCCB… The alphabet soup of land management agencies tells a fascinating and powerful story,
from politics to near-extinctions. Come and learn how we got here and where we might be going.


Learning to Love Lepidoptera
Friday, September 8th, 5 pm
Osborne Nature Center

Lepidoptera is the order of insects which includes butterflies and moths. This program will tell the natural history
of these critical insects before tagging and releasing several monarchs for the massive Monarch Watch Project.

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 30th, 10 am
Bloody Run County Park

Gussy up the rugged & beautiful Well’s Hollow trail and celebrate public lands with this volunteer day.

Motor Mill Art Show
Saturday, September 30th, 1 – 5 pm
Motor Mill Historic Site

Bent Willow Art Gallery, along with several other local artists, will be displaying their work at the scenic Motor Mill Historic Site.
Come celebrate our amazing local artists!

Heritage Days Celebration
October 14 & 15, 2017
Osborne Park

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


  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.