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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

The 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

The 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.

Jr Naturalist Brochure 2019

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.

Older Wiser Livelier Souls
(O.W.L.S)

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

Some of these programs made available through the 

Osborne Partners for Education Endowment Fund

Osborne Nature Center will be closed on weekends beginning Nov 1

The Native Animal Exhibit will be open 8-4 Mon-Fri.

WHEN NATURE CALLS

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29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

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Equal Opportunity
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.