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 June 11, 2022. 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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, along with four hours on Saturday at the range on August 8, 10, 12, & 13, 2022. 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.
Summer day camps are full-day outdoor programs from 9am-3pm (exception for the night camp) 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. Camper registration due back to Osborne office May 20th or register online using the link below.
UPDATE 3/28/22: All Junior Age Camps are full for 2022. There is still room in the intermediate and Junior Naturalist over-night camps.
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
Join Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls the 3rd Thursday each month, March through November, for an interesting program followed by an optional lunch. Registration for our event can be found here OWLS Registration or by calling the office at 563-245-1516.