Clayton County Conservation – Young Conservationist Program

Be a part of Clayton County Conservation’s first-ever Young Conservationist Program!

Sessions on Thursdays:
July 6th
July 13th
July 20th

Anyone aged 13-18 may join The Young Conservationists program. It is a hands-on
exploration of the art and science of conservation.
Sessions will take place at the Motor Mill Historic Site, improving forest health through restoration work.
Each session includes an educational element, work project, lunch, and time to explore.
We will depart Osborne in a 15-passenger van at 9:00 AM, and return
by 1:00 PM.
To sign up call or visit the Osborne Nature Center @ 563-245-1516
or email

Young Conservation Informational Flyer

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls
Canoeing Frenchtown
Thursday, July 20th
Reservations Required

 Osborne’s next exciting Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls program will be a Mississippi Backwater Canoe Float at Frenchtown for this year’s theme “Treasures of the Driftless”.

O.W.L.S. is offering a unique opportunity to canoe the backwaters of the Mississippi River on Thursday, July 20th from 11-1:30.  Join Naturalist Abbey Harkrader for a relaxing float exploring the river’s natural beauty north of Guttenberg at Frenchtown County Park.  Expect to see beautiful sights including birds, marsh mallow, and arrowhead in bloom. We will be paddling a calm backwater that is easy to paddle but let us know if you need to be paired with a more experienced paddler.

Canoes and life jackets are provided for the trip or you can bring your own. Participants may want to bring clothing and shoes that can get wet or muddy, a hat, sunscreen, shades, binoculars, water bottles, and possibly a fishing pole if you are licensed.  You may reserve a sack lunch, or bring your own. We have limited seats so make your reservation today by calling (563) 245-1516 or visit the Osborne Nature Center located on Highway 13, five miles south of Elkader.

Nature’s S.T.E.M.
Friday, July 21st, 9:00am-3:00pm
Motor Mill Historic Site
Join Clayton County Conservation on July 21 from 9:00am-3:00pm for a fun filled day of science experiments, sand castles, and much more. Explore historic Motor Mill as we discover the connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with nature. This free day camp is open to 6-12 year old’s, by the end of the day they all will be masters of S.T.E.M.
Sign up by calling 563-245-1516.

Heritage Days Celebration
October 14 & 15, 2017
Osborne Park

Heritage Days