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Preserve Policies

Nahant Marsh preserve is one of the largest urban wetlands on the Upper Mississippi River. It is home to over 150 species of birds; more than 400 species of plants; and a wide variety of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, including several rare and endangered species The trails, dock, and bird blind at Nahant Marsh allow you to experience different habitats including:

  • Wet prairie meadow
  • Mesic prairie
  • Sand prairie
  • Open water habitat
  • Floodplain forest
  • Vernal pond

Nahant Marsh Rules
• Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset.
• All pets must be on a leash and cleaned up after.

While you are here, we hope you enjoy the following activities:
• Picnicking in shelters
• Hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing on trails
• Biking on paved surfaces
• Wildlife viewing and photography

For your safety and for the well-being of the organisms that live here, the following activities are prohibited:
• Collecting of plants, animals, or other substances
• Mushroom hunting
• Littering or dumping of debris
• Fishing or Hunting (fishing is permitted from the catwalk on Wapello Avenue only)
• Swimming or wading
• Boating, canoeing, or kayaking
• Unauthorized motor vehicles
• Alcoholic beverages
• Firearms, dangerous ordinance, fireworks, and air guns
• Open fires 
• Camping

Thank you for your cooperation in protecting Nahant Marsh!

Upcoming Events

What's on My Milkweed?

What's on My Milkweed?

Jun 19, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Monarch butterflies and milkweeds are one of the most well know relationships between an animal and a plant species. But, there are a lot of other minibeasts...

BioBlitz

BioBlitz

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 2:00pm

In partnership with the Guardians of the Prairie and Forest, we invite you to join us for the 2018 Nahant Marsh BioBlitz, to be held from 2 p.m. on June...

Breakfast Nature Club

Breakfast Nature Club

Jul 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...

Nature Hike

Nature Hike

Jul 7, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

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

Toddler Tales AM

Toddler Tales AM

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

Toddler Tales is a great way to introduce young children, ages 3-5 years old, to the wonders of the outdoors! Each second Tuesday of each month, beginning...

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Hours

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.