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

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

Come and explore the magic of a midsummer night on the prairie with a hike up to a beautiful prairie planting at the Motor Mill Historic Site. After exploring the flowers, insects, and wildlife flourishing at dusk, we’ll sit back and enjoy the firefly display glowing in the valley asContinue Reading