Nahant Marsh Education Center

One of the last remaining urban wetlands of its size on the Mississippi River

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The mission of Nahant Marsh Education Center is to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the marsh and to foster wonder, appreciation, interaction, and stewardship of the natural world through education.

Nahant connects people with nature through hands-on environmental events and programs. Educational classes and field trips are offered to k-12, college , continuing education, and home schooled students, educators, youth groups, and the general public. Classes cover such topics as: water quality, biodiversity, wildlife identification, wild medicines, renewable energy, fishing events, and more.

There are over 260 acres of protected lands and waters on the Nahant Marsh property. Conservation efforts at the Marsh help to preserve and restore the valuable native habitats that can be found at Nahant. There are species, such as the Northern Leopard Frog and the Blandings Turtle, that are studied as indicators of the health of the environment at Nahant Marsh. A stroll around the dock, boardwalk and trails within the ecological area allows a firsthand look into the diverse wildlife of a wetland. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Much of the education and restoration that takes place at Nahant Marsh couldn't be done without the help of dedicated volunteers. For more information about the Marsh and volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE.

In spring of 2010, River Action received partial funding from an Iowa DNR Wildlife Diversity small grant for the initiation of a turtle-monitoring program at Nahant Marsh. Mik Holgersson, former Program Director of Natural Resources at River Action, applied for the grant in anticipation of employing his nearly three years of turtle research experience to outfit Nahant Marsh with a set of equipment and to standardize methods for comprehensively inventorying and monitoring the resident turtle community.
CLICK HERE to learn about Nahant Marsh's Turtle Monitoring Program.

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