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


For more information, go to the events page.

Big River History Float
Saturday, July 9th
10 am
Reservations Required

Frenchtown County Park

Mystery, Mingle, Munch, Mob
Thursday, July 21st
10 am

Reservations Required
Osborne Park

Hunter Education
August 8th, 10th, and 12th
6 pm-9 pm
August 13th
7:30 am-12:30 pm
Reservations Required
Osborne Park
See the education page for more details.
To register click here.

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

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.