"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.

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

‘Shrimptastic Tour’
Thursday, April 19
Shuttle leaves at 10:15am
Reservations required.
More info on events page.

Earth Day Hike

April 22, 2:00pm
Osborne Pond

Come and join Clayton County Conservation in celebrating Earth Day with a short hike through the prairie and forest around Osborne Pond. The hike will be less than 2 miles total through relatively easy terrain; all ages and ability levels are welcome to come and explore with this free program.

Forage the Forest
May 19, 10:00am
Bloody Run County Park, McGregor

Learn about Iowa’s wild edibles through “Forage the Forest,” a free program hosted by the Clayton County Conservation Board and the McGregor Marquette Chamber of Commerce. Program includes an easy walk, and will last 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Nature Kids
Saturday May 26th
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
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.
May Theme — SEEDS
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.




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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!

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 (now open but please keep vehicles on roadways)
Turkey River Park
Pony Hollow Trail
Frenchtown Park

To sign up for the next Hunter Education Course here at the Osborne Nature Center, follow this link Hunter Ed Course Registration

  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.