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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

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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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.