Monthly Programs:

Homeschool Program:

Nahant Marsh Education Center provides a monthly program specifically geared towards homeschooled children, grades K-9th. Each program includes a lesson, hands-on activity, and outdoor exloration session. Homeschool programs are held on the last Friday of the month from 2:30p.m.-4:00p.m.

March 29 - Weather: Tornadoes, Hailstorms and Blizzards - Oh My!

April 26 - Snake Studies

May 31 - Turtle Studies

Cost: $6 Member, $8 Guest


Toddler Tales:

A great way to introduce young children, ages 3-5 years old to the wonder of the outdoors! The second Tuesday of each month from April-October, Nahant Marsh educators will lead a nature-themed story, craft, and outdoor adventure. Programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month from either 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. and 2:00p.m-3:00p.m.

April 8: April Showers

May 14: Reptiles and Amphibians

June 11: Wiggly Worms

July 9: Hooked on Fishing

August 13: Sensing Nature

Cost: $3 Member,$5 Guests - No fee for accompanying adults.


Saturday Guided Hikes:

Join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the marsh. Hikes are offered on the first Saturday of the month and give visitors an  opportunity to experience the environmental changes as the plants and wildlife adapt to the seasons. Whether you are a regular visitor or 
first-timer, there is always something to learn and experience at the marsh. Hikes are held from 9:00a.m-10:00a.m.

April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3.

Cost: $5 suggested donation


Breakfast Nature Club

Learn the secrets of Iowa’s wildlife during this monthly class at Nahant Marsh. A continental breakfast is included in the fee. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug or travel container. Programs are held on the first Friday of the month from 8:00a.m-9:00a.m.

April 6: Student Research at Nahant

May 3: Turtles of Iowa

June 7: TBD

July 5: TBD

August 2: TBD

Cost: $5 Member / $10 Guests


Monthly Events:

Family Program:

Wilderness Survival Skills: Families will learn important tips and skills to help them survive in the wild. Some activities include shelter building and fire building. This program will be held from a.m-11:00a.m.

March 9: Wilderness Survival Skills

Cost: $3 Member, $6 Guest - No fee for adults accompanying children.


Healing Happens in the Garden:

Your garden and land can be a wonderful setting for becoming more whole, happy and healthy. In this class, we will share practical techniques for working with nature in our gardens and in our own bodies to improve wellness and vitality.

Taught by Mandy Dickerson, Herbalist at Plantchanters Garden, and Jen Kardos, Horticultural Therapist at EPIC Functional Medicine. This class will be held from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

March 23: Healing Happens in the Garden

$25 Member, $35 Guest


Spring Migration and Sunset Hike:

As the largest urban wetland on the upper Mississippi River, Nahant Marsh serves as a resting spot on the great spring migrations. This creates the perfect opportunity for nature enthusiasts to see a wide range of migrating waterfowl. Please feel free to bring a camera and remember to come dressed for the weather. This hike will be held from 5:00p.m-6:00p.m.

March 28: Spring Migration and Sunset Hike

$5 Suggested Donation


Marsh Madness Trivia Night Fundraiser:

Trivia Night helps to raise funds for the Nahant Marsh Education Center and Friends of Nahant Marsh. Without community support, we would not be able to provide environmental education programming to people of all ages, promote ecological stewardship, or continue restoration efforts of the amazing treasure we have in Southwest Davenport.

Held at Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) in Davenport:

1035 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52806

March 30

Doors open at 6:00p.m., with trivia beginning at 7:00p.m.

Get there at 6 p.m. to stake your table, listen to live music by Lewis Knudsen, and partake in games and raffles. This year we are adding a 50/50 raffle for $20 per ticket. A silent auction is also included. Trivia provided by local favorite, Mr. Trivia. All beverages must be purchased from the bar, but attendees are welcome to bring in their own food.

Cost: $80 for a table of 8 or $70 for Nahant Marsh Members. Don’t have a full table of 8? Make some new friends and fill in a table the night of. Cost is $10 per person. 10 “Mulligans” can be purchased for $10 as can a “Doubler” for $10 (only one set per table).

Contact Lindsey to reserve your table or donate auction items: / 563-336-3374.


Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt:

Celebrate spring at Nahant Marsh! Children can participate in either a hide-and-seek egg hunt (great for younger children) or a GPS Scavenger egg hunt (best for older children). There will also be a variety of nature-themed hands-on activities where children and their families will learn about local wildlife.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Each child that participates in the egg hunts will receive a bag of educational and eco-friendly goodies. Registration is recommended. This is a fundraising event and all proceeds go to support environmental education and natural resource projects. The egg hunts will run from 9:00-11:00 a.m. For ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Bring your own basket!

April 13 - 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

$5 Child Members, $7 Child Guests


Spring Cleanup:

Volunteer to help with spring cleanup projects around the nature preserve at Nahant Marsh. Groups are welcome and encouraged to call ahead. Projects include hauling brush, pulling garlic mustard, and picking up trash along the river roadways. Gloves, bags, tongs, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

April 27 : 8:30 -11:30 a.m.


Spring Wild Greens:

Foraging is a great way to participate in the seasonal changes in the natural world. This hands-on class is designed to give participants firsthand experience and knowledge to identify, harvest and prepare spring greens, herbs, and flowers. Many of the plants covered in the class are ones that can be found in your backyard. 

May 1 - 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.

$15 members, $25 guests


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