Adult Education

Nahant offers a variety of classes geared toward adults. Some classes run for six weeks while others only a couple of hours. Ongoing and upcoming programs are linked to a page where you can get more info and register.

Education staff is also available to give group presentations (garden clubs, sierra clubs, church groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.) on a large number of topics. Contact Amy at or 563.336.3373 to discuss fees and presentation options.


Upcoming Classes and Workshops

*To register for these programs and for a list of other educational classes, please visit our Events Calendar.

Breakfast Nature Club: Learn the secret life of Iowa’s wildlife during this monthly class at Nahant Marsh. On the first Friday from 8:00-9:00 a.m., we will explore the characteristics and adaptations of a group of local flora and fauna. Click here for the schedule of topics and to register. Cost: $10 Adult non-members, $7 Adult members.

July 16 ~ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ Landscaping with Native Plants: Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardner, will show you tips and tricks to design your landscape with a variety of native prairie plants. Beginning at 10 a.m., this program could go up to 2 hours. Cost: $10 Adult non-members, $7 Adult members.

July 30 ~ 8:00-10:00 p.m. ~ MOTH-ers Day Party: Celebrate National Moth Week at Nahant Marsh with a presentation by Moni Hayne. Moni is author of the e-book, “Garden Insect Pests: Pictures for Identifying and Organic Controls” and is an expert in the field of entomology. After the presentation, participants will observe how black-lighting is used to document and identify moths. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration is recommended. There is no fee for this program, however, donations are welcome. The event is in cooperation with the Scott County Master Gardeners.

August 13 ~ 3:00 p.m. ~ Pests and Winter Prep: This class is designed for those who have takena beekeeping class or have experience in beekeeping. Class will meet at the educational center for a 1 hour of classroom then head out to inspect hives for varroa mites and other problems.  Learn how to remove honey and how to prepare hives for winter survival.  A bee suit is required for anyone attending. Cost: $15. 2 hours +

August 20 ~ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ Edible and Medicinal Plants: Native plants has been used for centuries as a source of food and medicine. Learn some of the common species and practical tips on how to incorporate them into your daily life. This class is geared towards those looking for an introduction to wild edible and medicinal plants. Cost: $10 Adult non-members, $7 Adult members




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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