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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.

Discover
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.

Topics
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
6:00-8:00pm
Location: Nahant Marsh

April 28: Forestry and Conservation Infrastructure
7:15am-4:30pm
Location: Savannah Palisades Park, Horseshoe Mound, and Wapello Land and Water Reserve

May 16: Aquatic Environments
6:00-8:00pm
Location: Nahant Marsh

June 9: Prairies
8:00am-Noon
Location: Big Sand Mound Field Day

July 11: Conservation Practices
6:00-9:00pm
Location: Rockingham Hallow Farm 

August 1: Pot Luck and Final Discussion
6:00-8:00pm
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

Beekeeping Introduction

Beekeeping Introduction

Feb 22, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Discover the world of beekeeping and learn everything you need to get started on this fascinating hobby. Participants will learn how to assemble a hive,...

Homeschool Program

Homeschool Program

Feb 23, 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,...

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....

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Hours

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.