Hours: The Education Center is open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-Noon (extended to 3 p.m. during the summer months). There is no fee to visit the Education Center, but donations are appreciated. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. If the main gate is locked, trails are accessible from the front parking lot. Look for the opening in the fence near the kiosk.
Education: Nahant Marsh Education Center through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges offers a wide variety of environmental education programming for:
- School groups
- Scout groups
- Early learners
- Church groups
- Senior groups
- Nature lovers of all ages!
Ecology: Nahant Marsh is home to over 150 species of birds; more than 400 species of plants; and a wide variety of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, including several rare and endangered species The trails, dock, and bird blind at Nahant Marsh allow you to experience different habitats including:
- Wet prairie meadow
- Mesic prairie
- Sand prairie
- Open water habitat
- Floodplain forest
- Vernal pond
Recreation: Nahant Marsh is a great place to explore wildlife and learn about the flora that once covered much of the landscape in Iowa. As a preserve, we allow low-impact recreation activities such as:
- Bird watching
- Wildlife and landscape photography
- Snowshoeing, and cross country skiing on trails
- Biking on paved surfaces
- Adventure packs – These packs are filled with nature guides, nets, and seasonal self-lead activities. See staff to check one out.
Programs, Services, and Activities: Nahant Marsh provides a wide variety of programs and activities for all ages. Check out our calendar of events for community programs, special events, and day camp. For information on field trips or to schedule a group visit, contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click here to download the Field Trip Planning Guide; full of all the information you need to know when planning a group visit!
Membership: Nahant Marsh Members receive discounts on our programs and special events! Download our 2016 Membership Brochure Here!
Facility Rental: The Education Center is available for rental for groups, parties and family gatherings. For information on birthday parties, click here. To inquire about birthday parties , please contact Amy Loving, email@example.com or 563-336-3373.
For information on general facility rental, click here. To inquire about facility rental, contact Lindsey Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-336-3374.
See all that we accomplished in 2015! Click here to view our 2015 Annual Report.