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Environmental Education Opportunities For Students

The Osborne Center offers a wide variety of programs to students from preschool to high school.  All programs offered to students who live within Clayton County are free of charge; out-of-county students will be charged $2 per student.  On-site field trips to the Osborne Center are offered throughout the year.  Any school district interested in a field trip is encouraged to call and ask for more information.

Some of the programs offered at the Osborne Center include archery, native wildlife exhibit tours, canoeing, nature walks, scavenger hunts, and track detectives. For a more detailed list of programs offered, please call the Nature Center and ask for Kenny or Abbey 563-245-1516.

Hunter Education Classes 

hunteredThe Clayton County Conservation Board offers two Hunter Education Classes each year.  Classes are held in June and in August.  The classroom portion is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, along with four hours on Saturday at the range.  Students are required to attend all classes each session.

A group of dedicated volunteer Hunter Education Instructors teach students about a wide range of hunting related topics.  On Saturday, the class is held on the outdoor range where students are able to participate in hands-on activities.  This includes live fire of a .22, 20 gauge, black powder and archery.  Instruction is also given on casing and uncasing a firearm, map reading, zones of fire, fence crossing and shoot and don’t shoot situations.

Hunter Education at Osborne is done for the year. Check here for class availability statewide.

Junior Naturalist Camp

troutThe program is offered only to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students attending Clayton County Schools or schools serving Clayton County students.

The JNP is an overnight camp program that focuses on exploring nature and the environment.  Activities are led by naturalists at the Osborne Center, local resource specialists and sportsmen.

Junior Naturalist Camp 2018


Young Conservationist Program                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Young Conservationist program aims to provide a meaningful, hands-on stewardship experience for persons aged 13-18. This free program will meet on three consecutive Thursdays, July 6th, 13th, and 20th. Young conservationists will spend the mornings at the Motor Mill Historic Site, working on timber stand improvement, invasive plant identification/removal, and trail maintenance. Each session will include a lesson on the science behind land management decisions, lunch, and plenty of time to explore. Ideal for any young person interested in a career in conservation, volunteer service, or just a great way to spend a summer day outside. Open to persons inside or outside Clayton County.  Young Conservationist Flyer
Iowa Junior Naturalist Program 

This is an opportunity for children ages 6-12 to experience (and share with adults) such diverse programs as environmental education, outdoor recreation, natural resources, conservation and historical interpretation.


AGE:    Participants should be between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS: Attend three public programs offered by county conservation boards, Iowa DNR State Park Units, local libraries, nature centers, YMCA camps, 4-H or any other programs with a nature theme.

INDEPENDENT ACTIVITIES:    Complete two independent activities such as reading a nature book, fishing, hunting, camping, bike riding along a nature trail, hiking, etc.

AWARDS:    Upon completion of the above requirements, participants will receive a certificate of achievement and a colorful embroidered Iowa Junior Naturalist patch. Participants can collect them all. For more information contact the Osborne Center at 563-245-1516.

Monthly Public Programs 

The Clayton County Conservation Board offers monthly public programs throughout the year.  These programs are usually free of charge unless listed otherwise. See the events page for more information.


Older Wiser Livelier Souls

Join Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls the 3rd Thursday each month, March through November, for an interesting program followed by an optional lunch.

The theme for 2018 is “Northeast Iowa Grows it Better”.

March 22*: Mushrooms at Turkey River Farm
April 19:  Shrimptastic
May 17: Greenhouse Crawl
June 21: Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch
July 19: Blueberry Hill
August 16: Forest Hill Farm

The Osborne Partners for Education Endowment Fund

Osborne Partners Education Endowment Fund