Spring and summer dates are booked for 2022. Now accepting reservations for fall.  

Bring Nahant Marsh to your facility!

Many environmental education programs are now available for off-site visits. Our goal is to provide educational and meaningful lessons about the natural world and to nurture a strong bond between people and their natural environment.

Check out our NEW Schoolyard program!

Useful Information

  • Outdoor or adequate indoor space may be needed for some of the programs listed. Please make note that not all of the programs listed are ideal for a classroom setting. If outdoor or large indoor space is available, a Naturalist may wish to visit prior to the scheduled visit to ensure adequate space is available for the program requested.
  • Some programs require equipment that is not suitable for large groups. Please contact Naturalist for more information
  • Outreach programming is $50 per hour.
  • Please provide a table or desk for presentation materials.
  • If making arrangements to visit multiple classrooms at a grade level, please coordinate times with other teachers.
  • The Naturalists will arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the presentation. Please provide information on parking and where to check-in at the school.


Early Childhood Programs (PreK-1st)

Our Educators have been certified in Growing Up WILD, an early childhood curriculum that focuses on wildlife and nature. Each program will take approx. 30 minutes and will include hands-on activities. This list is a sample of programs offered; to view the full program list, click here

Ants on a Parade

Children go outside to observe any behavior and learn insect characteristics.

Backbone Bonanza

Children learn about vertebrates and some characteristics that distinguish them.

Bird Beak Buffet

Children learn about the special functions of bird beaks.

Fishing Fun!

Children engage in a dramatic play fishing game and learn about fish.

In a Grasshopper's World

 Children observe grasshoppers in their natural habitat and study them in the classroom.

Looking at Leaves

Children practice their observation skills by comparing leaves.

Magnificent Monarchs

Students will learn about these amazing insects including their lifecycle, adaptations, migration pattern, and importance. During fall migration, monarch tagging may be an option. 

Oh, Deer!

Children explore the parts of a habitat in a physical activity.

Owl Pellets

Children dissect an owl pellet to learn what owls eat.

Scaley Snakes

Explore our live native snake collection. Snakes are not as scary as they seem and serve a very important role in a habitat. Students will get a chance to touch (optional) and learn about the amazing adaptations that help snakes to hunt, eat, and protect themselves.

Seed Need

Children explore seeds as food for people and animals and learn how animals spread seeds.

Spider Web Wonders

Children learn about spiders and their webs.

Terrific Turkey

Children learn about wild turkeys.

Tremendous Turtles

Children will learn about the habitats, adaptations, and food preferences of midwest turtles. Includes live turtles.

Wiggling Worms

Children learn about and observe earthworms.



Enrichment Programs (2nd-5th)

Enrichment Programs are a great option for extended learning in the classroom and after-school programs. These programs can also be adapted for middle and high school students. Each program is approx. 45-60mins. 


Animal Adaptations

A general study on adaptations. Participants will learn the definition of adaptations and how animals have different adaptations to help them survive.

Backyard Habitat

Explore the plants that can be found in your school. We will take a guided hike outside and study the plants and animals that live in your schoolyard.

Bird Beak Adaptations

Bird beaks are adapted to the type of food a bird eats. Participants will learn about different kinds of beaks and participate in an activity to show which kind of beaks helps birds eat different kinds of food.

Food Web

Every insect and animal has a special place on the food web. Learn about predators and prey, then work on creating a food web with creatures that live in the Marsh.

Insect Investigations

Participants will learn about insects and the role they play. They will learn about their habitats, food sources, and adaptations.

Iowa Turtles

Land and aquatic turtles have adaptations that allow them to survive in their respective habitats. Live aquatic and land species will be shown and their different adaptations, diets, and habitats will be discussed.

Magnificent Monarchs

Students will learn about these amazing insects including their lifecycle, adaptations, migration pattern, and importance. During fall migration, monarch tagging may be an option. 

Mammals of Iowa

Students will be introduced to the habitats, food sources, and adaptations of mammals found in Iowa. They will also learn about the history of the fur trade. Animal furs and skull replicas will be shown.

Snake Science

Many people have a fear of snakes. Learning about how snakes live can help people feel more comfortable with these scaly creatures. Live snakes will be shown and students will learn about their adaptations, diets, and habitats.

Skull Study

Students will examine animal skulls and investigate the structure and function of a variety of skull replicas. Students will learn to identify the part of a skull and make determinations about what animal the skull belongs to based on the number and shape of teeth, skull size, and other features.

Tracks and Scat

Students will study track and scat replicas to learn about the animals that live in the Midwest.

Trees and Leaves

Participants will learn how to identify trees and leaves. Students will also learn about the benefits of trees. Samples of leaves and tree rings will be used.

Water Quality Testing

Students will use water testing kits to sample the water in the marsh. They will learn what each test is and how it is used to determine the water quality of the marsh.

Wetland Mammals

Mammals who spend much of their life in water have special adaptations to help them survive. Students will learn about the different species found in Midwest wetlands and about their diets and characteristics.

Wetland Wonders

Students will learn about the plants and animals that live in a wetland. They will also learn about the function of wetlands.

Winter Birds

Many bird species stay here in winter. Discover what species you can find at your bird feeders and how to attract them. Students will make a feeder to take home.