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Field Trips & Tours

Your wetland adventure begins here!

Nahant Marsh Education Center, through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, offers a wide variety of environmental education programming for people of all ages.

Fields trips or private tours can be tailored for K-12, homeschool groups, camps, church groups, garden clubs, families, and more!

Please contact Amy Loving, Education Coordinator at aloving@eicc.edu or 563-336-3373 to schedule a visit.


  • Field Trips are designed to engage youth in hands-on learning about the natural world. The programs offered a focus on wetlands, local wildlife and plants, stewardship, and conservation.
  • Fees – $6 per child. No fee for teachers and/or adult chaperones.
  • Field Trips are conducted Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Please carefully review the Field Trip Planning Guide. It contains important information and a list of education programs.
  • Consider scheduling an outreach program. Refer to the guide for a list of programs suitable for the classroom.
  • Click here to schedule a visit with your class or group!


  • Tours are designed to engage visitors with a brief, but engaging and informative visit. The tours are an excellent choice for adult groups and clubs.
  • Tours of Nahant Marsh are conducted Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am-4:00 pm and Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am-Noon. After hour tours are by appointment only for an additional fee.
  • Tours are typically 60 – 90 minutes and can include a presentation on the history of Nahant Marsh, nature hike,  and a viewing of “Resurrecting the Wetlands: The Story of Nahant Marsh“.


Scholarships are available for field trips, outreach, and busing fees. Please complete the Scholarship Application and send to Amy Loving at aloving@eicc.edu

Upcoming Events

Invasive Species Workshop

Invasive Species Workshop

Mar 1, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm

Invasive species threaten farms, preserves, parks, and even our backyards. In this workshop, experts share the latest tools and research and showcase how...

Breakfast Nature Club

Breakfast Nature Club

Mar 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am

Learn the secret life of Iowa's wildlife during this monthly class at Nahant Marsh. Each month we will explore the characteristics and adaptations of a...

Nature Hike

Nature Hike

Mar 3, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

DCIM100MEDIA Join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the Marsh....

Design Your Native Landscape

Design Your Native Landscape

Mar 6, 2018 12:00am - 12:00am

Want to learn how to landscape your home with beautiful native plants? You are in luck! EICC's is now offering a 4-week class through continuing education....

Handmade Paper

Handmade Paper

Mar 7, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Learn how to make handmade paper from recycled materials. You will be able to take home the paper you make during class. Participants will also make their...

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The Education Center is open
M-F: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.- Noon
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.