“Adopt” an Animal


You can help support the Nahant Marsh Education Center’s mission to educate the public about the wonders of the natural world by adopting one of our resident animals through our “Adopt”-an-Animal program. Your “adoption” donation is tax deductible.

Why “adopt” an animal?

Nahant Marsh’s Animal Ambassadors represent native species of Iowa’s wildlife. They provide unforgettable hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages. As an ambassador, these animals represent their species allowing our education staff to educate the public about them.

All of our animals are on display at the Education Center are cared for by Nahant Marsh staff and receive:

  • Expert care from trained staff who oversee their daily needs
  • Special diets to meet their specific needs
  • Enrichment items to encourage natural behaviors
  • Regular veterinary check-ups to insure optimal health

What animals can I adopt?

Several animals are available for adoption. View a full list of adoptable animals to see which one you would like to support.

Your $75 adoption includes:

  • a personalized adoption certificate
  • a beautiful color photo of your animal
  • a description of its natural and personal history
  • a recognition plaque in the exhibit gallery

Animal “adoptions” are valid for one year from the date of processing. Animals may have multiple “adoptive parents” and must remain under the care of the staff at the Center.

Adopting a wild resident of the Nahant Marsh Education Center is a great gift idea!

You can also support the animals by purchasing items on our Amazon Wishlist, checking out our donations page to see what items our animals may need, or by making a monetary donation amount of your choice.

Thank you to our 2017 Animal Ambassador Sponsors:
Girl Scout Troop 5299- George the Three-toed Box Turtle
Terry Collins- Pancake the Spiny Soft Shell Turtle
Patti Holmlund- Pancake the Spiny Soft Shell Turtle
Shirley Horstmann- Rocky the Bull Snake
Mark and Lisa Cleve and Family- Captain the Blanding’s Turtle
The Wille and Rakus Families- Picasso the Painted Turtle
Kyah and Kile Johnson and Marte McKinnery- Rizzo the Black Rat Snake
Lydia Rohner- Leia the Ornate Box Turtle
A Kind-hearted Quad Citian- Sid the Musk Turtle
Bridgette, Kailin and Sadie- Sunny the Fox Snake
Grayer, Olive and Talon Pruitt- Ethel the Red-eared Slider

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Nahant Marsh

LogoThe mission of Nahant Marsh Education Center is to protect, enhance, and restore the Marsh through education, research, and conservation. Our vision is to foster wonder, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world.


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Nahant Marsh

4220 Wapello Ave.
Davenport, IA 52802