Clayton County Conservation - Osborne Nature Center

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

Iowa's County Conservation Board System startd 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.

Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Ph: 563-245-1516


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

Heritage Days Celebration

Heritage Days 2015: October 10 and 11


 General Store Osborne  General Store Osborne  Osborne School house  Osborne Blacksmith shop

Heritage Days began in 1975 as a way to bring life back to the tiny community of Osborne, Iowa.  Tucked in among the rolling wooded hills between Elkader and Strawberry Point, the once thriving town has lost most of its inhabitants to other areas since its heyday in the 1930’s.  Heritage Days was planned to take visitors back in time to this community, and all other Iowa towns of the pioneer era, through living history demonstrations, contests and other activities.

balemaker  buffalo chip throw  buffalo chip throw  boy scouts at osborne

From its modest beginnings, with only a handful of demonstrations, Heritage Days has grown to become one of Northeast Iowa’s most popular fall festivals.  Held on the second weekend of October each year, Heritage Days usually falls during the peak of the fall leaf season. Thousands of visitors to the area stop at Osborne to take a brief journey back in time.

stew at Osborne Heritage Days  Heritage Days Osborne  chili Osborne Heritage Days  Heritage Days

Demonstrations include: basketry, candle making, quilting, spinning, story telling and flint napping. 

Heritage Days   Pumpkin Contest Osborne  Heritage Days          

Contests include: buffalo chip throwing, chili cooking, and pumpkin decorating

rope making osborne       pumpkin decorating     

Tasty Foods include: caramel apples, pie, buffalo stew, fry bread, and lefse.

root beer              



Mission of Clayton County Conservation Board

The mission of the Clayton County Conservation Board is to promote the health and general welfare of the people; and to encourage preservation, conservation, education and recreation through responsible use and appreciation of our natural resources and cultural heritage.



The Clayton County Conservation Board does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age or disability. If anyone believes he or she may have been subjected to such discrimination, he or she may file a complaint with either the Clayton County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Phone: 563-245-1516

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