"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.

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls
November 16, 2017
‘Ornate Box Turtles of Clayton County’
Meet at Osborne 11:00 AM for program and optional lunch to follow.
Reservations Required

More details on Events page!

Motor Mill Bridge Lighting Event
Saturday, November 18th
4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Celebrate the start of the holidays at Motor Mill with a bridge lighting, open house, hot cocoa, and cookies.

More Info on Events page!

Holiday Walk: Season’s Greetings
Thursday, December 7th, 6 pm
Osborne Park, Elkader, IA

More Info on Events page.


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 & 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!

The Osborne Partners for Education Endowment Fund

Osborne Education Endowment Fund

Helpful Information

The Osborne Welcome Center will close at 3:45 pm on Nov. 18th for staff to attend the Motor Mill Bridge lighting ceremony.

Clayton County Conservation and the Osborne Welcome Center will be closed Nov. 23rd & 24th, Dec. 25th & 26th, and Jan. 1st to allow our staff time to enjoy the holidays with their families. 

  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.