PROGRAM CANCELATIONS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
Considering the safety and wellness of our guests, and following guidelines set by the CDC, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and our education partner, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, all programs from March 16 until at least April 12 have been canceled or postponed.
Our annual March Madness Trivia, scheduled for March 28, will be postponed. We will announce the new date once it is confirmed.
The Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt, scheduled for April 4, will not be rescheduled and has been cancelled.
The Master Conservationist program’s first meeting on April 1, will be canceled and the class will resume to the regular schedule on April 15. To replace the introductory class on April 1, participants will contribute to a virtual meet and greet. If you are registered for the program, check your email for notifications.
All other programs (Sunset Hike on March 26, Breakfast Nature Club on April 3, Nature Hike on April 4, and Family Program on April 11) from today until April 12 have been canceled. For now, the trails at Nahant Marsh are still open to the public.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as it is available. Our Facebook page and website will be updated as things progress.
Nahant Marsh is a 305-acre preserve nestled in southwest Davenport. It is part of a 513-acre wetland complex that is bordered by the Mississippi River, Interstate 280, and Highway 22.
Education Center Hours
The Nahant Marsh Education Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon (extended to 3 p.m. from April through October). Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. If the main gate is locked, trails are accessible from the front parking lot - just look for the opening in the fence near the kiosk. Click here for a trail map.
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.
Nahant Marsh Education Center, through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, offers a wide variety of environmental education programming for people of all ages. Educational programs are conducted both on and off-site and provide programming that focuses on midwest ecosystems, conservation, and stewardship.
Wetlands are a vital part of our ecosystems. They filter pollutants, reduce sedimentation, reduce flow, and provide habitat. Nahant Marsh is protected a natural area and our management practices strive to maintain the health and diversity of the preserve.
At one time eastern Iowa's Nahant marsh was home to the Quad Cities Trap and Skeet Gun Club, leaving heavy doses of lead in the mud of the marsh. The lead in the pellets can sicken or kill many native birds. This lead contamination prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to list Nahant Marsh as a super fund site in need of cleanup. Nahant now serves as an environmental rallying point for the eastern Iowa community.
Each spring the Friends of Nahant get together to perform a massive cleanup, ridding our ecosystem of unwanted refuse and restoring the marsh for both the wildlife and our community.
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