New Classes at Nahant Marsh



Nahant Marsh Education Center will be offering a number of new classes beginning in February. The center is a cooperative effort between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the City of Davenport and other organizations.

  • Nahant MarshBreakfast Nature Club 
    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 group of local flora and fauna. A continental breakfast included in the fee. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug or travel container. 

    Feb. 1, March 1, April 5
    8 – 9 a.m.
    $5 Members, $10 Guests

  • Guided Nature Hike
    Join a naturalist on 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. Suggested donation $5.

    Feb. 2, March 2, April 6
    9 – 10 a.m.

  • Healing Gardens for Food and Wellness
    During this interactive class, you will learn how to create a beautiful healing garden in your landscape. Information on how to place and grow nutrient-dense veggies, fruits and herbs will be shared. Taught by Fred Meyer, Permaculture Designer at Backyard Abundance, and Jen Kardos, Horticultural Therapist at EPIC Functional Medicine.

    February 16
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    $25 Members, $35 Guests

  • Master Conservationist
    The Master Conservationist program uses field experiences and online training to cover a broad range of conservation issues and topics. These experiences help Iowans make informed, intelligent choices for a lifestyle of stewardship. Topics include wildlife diversity, prairies and grasslands, woodlands, waterways, conservation practices and planting the seeds of conservation. The program runs from March – July. Participants receive 32 hours of online and outdoor hands-on education led by trained professionals in their field.

    March 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
    April 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
    May 4, 8 a.m. - Noon
    June 15, 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    July 10, 6 - 8:30pm
    July 24, 6 – 8 p.m.


  • Spring Migration and Sunset Hike
    As the largest urban wetland on the upper Mississippi River, Nahant Marsh is a resting spot on the great spring migrations. This creates the perfect opportunity for nature enthusiasts to see a wide range of migrating waterfowl. Feel free to bring a camera and remember to come dressed for the weather.

    March 28
    5 - 6 p.m.
    $5 Suggested Donation

  • Healing Happens in the Garden
    Your landscape can be a wonderful source of healing for your body and spirit. During this engaging class, you will learn practical techniques for improving your wellness in the garden. Cultivation methods for easy-to-grow medicinal plants will be shared along with simple ways to prepare them. Taught by Mandy Dickerson, Herbalist at Moon in June Herbs, and Jen Kardos, Horticultural Therapist at EPIC Functional Medicine.

    March 23
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    $25 Members, $35 Guests

  • Marsh Madness Trivia
    Support Nahant Marsh at their annual trivia night. The event will take place at the Center for Active Seniors (CASI) in Davenport. $10 per person or $80 per table. For more info contact call 563-336-3370.

    March 30
    Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Spring Cleanup
    Help spruce up the Nahant Marsh during our annual cleanup. Projects will be both light and heavy duty. Gloves and bags will be provided. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt.

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


Register for Nahant Marsh programs at or by calling 563-336-3370.