About Clayton County Conservation “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 started in 1955. Clayton County’s Conservation Board continues to strive to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Code (acquire, develop,Continue Reading

Iowa’s Fiery Forests “The fire stick was like a paintbrush. Touch it here in a small dab, and you’ve made a meadow for elk; a light scatter there burns off brush so the oaks make more acorns.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings ofContinue Reading

By Patrick Shea – Bicycle Touring came into my life during my college years. I attended a small school on Lake Superior’s south shore, where the deciduous and boreal forests meet and mingle. From Northland’s campus in Ashland, Wisconsin, I spent four years in an ever-widening spiral of aimless pedaling.Continue Reading

“The fire stick was like a paintbrush. Touch it here in a small dab, and you’ve made a meadow for elk; a light scatter there burns off brush so the oaks make more acorns.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. This month,Continue Reading

The Motor Trail Runs are back for 2024! ​Race day presents runners with two options: a 5K on dirt, grass, rocks, roots, and steep terrain, or a 10K with stout climbs on the soft-surfaced Motor Mill trail connecting the Motor Mill historic site to the town of Elkader. Both routes featureContinue Reading

Clayton County Conservation presents the 2024 summer camp schedule.New this year is the River Rats Day Camps which are geared towards older youth ages 10-15years old. Each camp will focus on a different theme for a full day of outdoor exploration andenvironmental awareness. Activities will include hiking, beginner paddling, gamesContinue Reading