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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 Jevonnah at jmprashaw@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 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. If interested in Education/Naturalist, please email Amy at aloving@eicc.edu. If you are interested in a Natural Resources Conservation Internship, please email Jevonnah at jmprashaw@eicc.edu for more information. Internships are non-paid at this time, but you may be able to receive college credit.

Upcoming Events

Marsh Madness Trivia Night

Marsh Madness Trivia Night

Mar 10, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019 6:00pm

Reserve your table for our Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, March 10 at CASI – Center for Active Seniors, Inc. in Davenport. Doors will open at 6 p.m....

Homeschool Program

Homeschool Program

Mar 30, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Nahant Marsh Education Center provides a monthly program specifically geared towards homeschooled children grades K-9th. Each program includes a lesson,...

Spring Celebration and Eco Egg Hunt

Spring Celebration and Eco Egg Hunt

Mar 31, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm

UPDATE: Originally scheduled for March 24, this event has been moved to Saturday, March 31. Celebrate spring at Nahant Marsh! Children ages 3-12 can...

Breakfast Nature Club

Breakfast Nature Club

Apr 6, 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...

Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training

Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training

Apr 7, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm

Do you like butterflies? If so, this workshop is for you. The Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) is a citizen science project coordinated by Reiman...

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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.