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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.

Our naturalists also visit school classrooms within the county. These free programs allow teachers to provide supplemental learning opportunities to their students.  Clayton County Conservation’s naturalists lead these programs to provide an opportunity to delve deeper into local ecology and science, and to enhance what is being learned in the classroom.


Classroom Naturalist Programs are very popular with all county schools, so it's important to schedule early, before our calendar is filled.  Classroom Naturalist Programs are scheduled from November through March, but if a teacher needs a special program in October or April, let us know and exceptions can be made for seasonal programs by request.


Hunter Education Classes

The Clayton County Conservation Board offers two Hunter Education Classes each year:

  • An Internet Field Day Course will be held TBD. To attend internet field day, students must complete the online course work. Once you've completed the online portion, print off the field day voucher and bring it with you to class.

  • A Full Classroom Course is held on TBD.  Students are required to attend all class sessions. 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.

To register for hunter education classes go to the IOWA DNR and search for the Clayton County Conservation location.

Junior Naturalist Camp

The program is offered only to 6th-10th 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.

2023 camps will be held June 20-21, June 27-28, and July 11-13. 

Summer youth
day camps

Summer day camps are full-day outdoor programs from 9am-2pm for children ages 6-12. Each camp will focus on a different theme, but all campers will get a chance to search for wildlife, make crafts, go on hikes, and hone their nature awareness skills while exploring the parks of Clayton County. 

2023 Motor Mill S.T.E.A.M. camps will be held July 21 and Aug 11. 

2023 Youth Day Camps will be held on June 1, 8, & 15th as well as July 6 and 27th. NOTE: All of the day camps for 6-9 year olds are full (exception is the STEAM camps at Motor Mill). There are still openings for 10-12 year olds. 


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 Upcoming Events page for more information.

Some of these programs made available through the 

Osborne Partners for Education Endowment Fund

The Welcome Center/Osborne Nature Center & Native Wildlife Exhibit is open
Mon-Sat. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM & Sun. Noon-4:00 PM. 

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