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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 trainings 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 11: Conservation Infrastructure
Location: TBD

April 28: Forestry
Location: Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Savanna Army Depot, Mississippi Palisades

May 16: Aquatic Environments
Location: Nahant Marsh

June 9: Prairies
Location: Big Sand Mound Field Day

July 11: Conservation Practices
Location: TBD

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

Homeschool Program

Homeschool Program

Jan 26, 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,...

Breakfast Nature Club

Breakfast Nature Club

Feb 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

Feb 3, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

DCIM100MEDIA Join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the Marsh....

Family Program: Owls

Family Program: Owls

Feb 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am

In this family-friendly program, we will learn about owls. As nocturnal raptors, owls have many amazing adaptations to hunt prey at night. Learn about...

Winter Tree ID

Winter Tree ID

Feb 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am

Trees are fairly easy to identify when their foliage is full force, but identifying them in winter, well, that can be a bit tricky! In this class, participants...

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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.