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Master Conservationist

Experience Iowa’s diverse natural resource– the prairies and grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, and waterways, and
abundant wildlife.

The Master Conservationist program uses field experiences and online training to cover a broad range of conservation issues and topics. These experiences help Iowans make informed, intelligent choices for a lifestyle of stewardship.

Geological history of Iowa; wildlife diversity; prairies and grasslands; woodlands; wetlands; conservation practices; and planting the seeds of conservation.

Educational Experience
Designed for adult learners, participants receive at least 32 hours of online and outdoor hands-on education led by trained professionals in their field. The range of topics provides information that can be useful in service to the community and in their own backyards. Service learning opportunities are encouraged, but not required to complete the program.

2019 Schedule

March 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
April 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
May 4 from 8:00 a.m.-noon
May 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
June 15 from 7:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
July 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.
July 24 from 6-8 p.m.

*Subject to change with inclement weather.

Class size: 25 | Minimum age: 18

Registration deadline: March 8, 2019

Click here for a registration form. Mail completed forms with payment (checks payable to Nahant Marsh) to:
Nahant Marsh
4220 Wapello Ave.
Davenport, IA 52802

Limited scholarships available. Send request with reason to Becky Bray:

For more information, contact Kinsey Nielsen at Nahant Marsh by email: or phone: 563.336.3375.

In partnership with Scott County Extension.

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport Iowa
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Birding Tours
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport Iowa
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Birding Tours
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport Iowa
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast Nature Club
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport Iowa
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Nature Hike
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport Iowa

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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.