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

Programs & Applications

For more information on programs, go to the events page.

Nature Kids

Tuesday, January 16th, 10:00AM-11:00AM
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. January Theme — Winter Birds
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.

Winter Skills: Well Dressed & Unafraid
Saturday, January 20, 2018,  10-11 am
Pike’s Peak State Park

This public program will give participants an opportunity to grow their survival skills heading into the new year by learning primitive methods for fire building, shelter making, acquiring food, and general winter survival safety lessons.
The free program will take place outside, so attendees should dress accordingly. We will cancel in the event of overly hazardous weather. All ages welcome.
This free program is sponsored by McGregor Marquette Chamber of Commerce.  Hot Chocolate and cookies provided by the Chamber.

This Land Is Your Land: A History

Tuesday, January 23rd, 5:30 pm
Osborne Nature Center

BLM, NPS, DNR, CCCB…. The alphabet soup of land management agencies tells a fascinating and powerful story,
from hot-blooded politics to near-extinctions. Come and learn how we got here, and where we might be going with this primer on
public lands history in Iowa and America.


Saturday, February 10th, 10-3
Osborne Park, Elkader, IA

Shake off the cabin fever and stretch your legs with naturalists from Clayton and Fayette counties. Attendees will have
the chance to learn to use snowshoes and cross country skis at this clinic.
Reservations required.
Snowshoes come free; skiing will cost all of $1.00

Motor Motor 5k



Motor Mill Intern (1) will develop, interpret, and present materials for the mill.
Seasonal naturalists (2) will work on a wide variety of environmental education programs.
Seasonal maintenance workers (5) will assist with maintenance and development of the county parks.

Employment Application

Motor Mill Internship

Seasonal Maintenance

Summer Naturalist

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

Iowa DNR Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Special Collection:
Public meetings Jan. 18 —
2:00 p.m. Harpers Ferry Community Center
6:30 p.m. Elkader Keystone AEA 
For more information please visit the link below or call (563) 929-0070. 
IA DNR News Release

The Iowa DNR has provided a dumpster at Osborne for deer carcass disposal.


  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.