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Volunteer Opportunities

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  — Dr. Seuss

Volunteers are vital to the ecological integrity of Nahant Marsh, and help is always needed! Volunteer duties include anything from trash cleanup, to helping with special events, to cooking for visiting AmeriCorps crews or helping with education programs.

We are currently looking for volunteers willing to be Docents! Docents are needed for Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and occasionally on weekdays when we have special events.  As a docent, you will be in the building to welcome and assist visitors. This could include:

  • Sharing our mission, history, and habitats;
  • Asking them to sign the guestbook;
  • Selling Nahant merchandise; accepting donations, memberships, or Animal Ambassador “adoptions;
  • Talking about the Friends of Nahant Marsh group; and
  • Promoting upcoming programs and events.

We also like to have volunteers trained to assist with environmental education programs in case we are short staffed. This is a great opportunity for retired teachers or nature enthusiasts with some previous experience.  Training will be provided.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out a Volunteer Application.

For interest in Teacher/Interpretive Naturalist, Docents, Special Events, and Education Programs, email your completed form to Amy at aloving@eicc.edu.

For interest in Natural Resources, email your completed form to Kinsey at kedmonds@eicc.edu You may also drop off or mail it to Nahant Marsh 4220 Wapello Ave. Davenport, IA 52802.

Volunteer activities for natural resources can include but are not limited to:

  • Collecting native seeds from prairie areas in the fall;
  • Weeding native landscape plantings around the building;
  • Picking up garbage/litter in and around marsh property;
  • Other various projects that may come up.

If you are unable to perform these activities but would still like to help out with natural resources check out our donations page!

Group and Company Workdays – If you have a group who would like to volunteer or are planning a company volunteer service day during the week, please call or email nahantmarsh@eicc.edu to set up a date and time. 

Internships are also available during the summer. Internships are non-paid at this time, but you may be able to receive college credit. For education/naturalist internships, contact Amy Loving, aloving@eicc.edu. For natural resource internships, contact Kinsey Nielsen, kedmonds@eicc.edu

Upcoming Events

Hours

The Education Center is open
M-F: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
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.