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Thursday, September 21st
“Dutton’s Cave”

Shuttle leaves Osborne Park at 10:30 a.m.
This trip will visit Dutton’s Cave north of West Union just as autumn begins to work her magic in the park.

As we take in the beauty of Dutton’s Cave, learn about the decline of North American bats and the impact here in Iowa.  The year 2017 witnessed a sharp decline in Iowa bat species as their newest threat, White Nose Syndrome, took hold. We will discuss what this means for Iowa as we take a short hike to explore this beautiful park.

Dutton’s Cave is easy walking for most abilities. The shuttle will leave from Osborne Park at 10:30 a.m. and return to Osborne about 2:00 or so. Program fee is $2. Participants may order a sack lunch for $6 or bring their own. Reservations are required at 245-1516 to ensure a spot.

National Public Lands Day
Thursday, September 28th, 4:15 PM – 6:00
Bloody Run County Park

September is National Public Lands Month! Join Clayton County Conservation for a part-celebration, part-clinic event at Bloody Run County Park on Thursday, September 28th at 4:15 PM. Participants will get a crash course in creating hiking trails with hand tools by helping maintain the rugged, 1 mile Well’s Hollow trail.

All ages are welcome at the event, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Safety glasses and gloves will be provided. Participants are urged to bring their own water bottle, along with comfortable shoes, pants, and long sleeves. Meet at the main campground.

Bloody Run Campground is located on Bloody Run Road, off HWY 18 about two miles west of Marquette, IA. Follow the gravel road less than a mile to reach the campground.

Motor Mill Art Show

Come celebrate our amazing local artists at the first Motor Mill Art Show on September 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  Favorite images of Motor Mill, both new and old, professional and amateur, will be showcased.  If you have a favorite Mill image, please share it with us! The art does not have to be your own work.  Motor Mill inspired art can include the Mill itself as well as art focused on the beautiful natural setting of the Turkey River, bluffs, wildlife, and plants of the area.

Artists are invited to display their works at the show as well as come to create art on site the day of the show.  If you don’t want to bring your art work but would like to share it, please contact Osborne Welcome Center at 563 245 1516 by September 22 to make arrangements to photograph it for display.  Tours of the mill site, live music, plans for future site improvement, and refreshments will be part of the celebration of the Mill.

Artists may offer their work for sale, if at least 50% of the items are directly themed to Motor Mill.  Please bring a place to display and sell your art outside.  If it is a rainy day there will be space available on the 3rd floor of the Mill.  To reserve space to display or sell, call 563 245 1516  or email

Heritage Days Celebration
October 14 & 15, 2017
Osborne Park

Heritage Days