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Master Conservationist

Iowa Master Conservationist – where “mastering” is a journey bringing experience to education, and understanding to service.

“If you have an interest in the world around you, the birds in your backyard, the water you swim and fish in, the wildlife, trees, and plants you see, I urge you to take this course.” -Waterloo Participant

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.

Physical environment; wildlife diversity; prairies and grasslands; woodlands; 
waterways; 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.

2018 Schedule

March 21: Introductions, new online materials, meal provided
Location: Nahant Marsh

April 28: Forestry and Conservation Infrastructure
Location: Savannah Palisades Park, Horseshoe Mound, and Wapello Land and Water Reserve

May 16: Aquatic Environments
Location: Nahant Marsh

June 9: Prairies
Location: Big Sand Mound Field Day

July 11: Conservation Practices
Location: Rockingham Hallow Farm 

August 1: Pot Luck and Final Discussion
Location: Nahant Marsh

Class size: 30 | Minimum age: 18

Registration deadline: March 9, 2018

For more information, contact Liz Schramm at Nahant Marsh by email: eschramm@eicc.edu.

You may register online or by filling fill out this form

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.