Nahant Marsh is a 305-acre preserve nestled in southwest Davenport. It is part of a 513-acre wetland complex bordered by the Mississippi River, Interstate 280, and Highway 22.
The education center offers a wide variety of environmental education programming for people of all ages.
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.
Parking near the education center is available during our regular business hours.
Field trips or private tours can be tailored for K-12, homeschool groups, camps, church groups, garden clubs, families, and more!
If you want to lead your own adventure, ask a naturalist to check out items like bug nets and binoculars from our nature lending library. Naturalist-led programs like Toddler Tales, Homeschool, and Nature Hikes are scheduled monthly.
Some classes run for six weeks while others only a couple of hours. Education staff is also available to give group presentations (garden clubs, Sierra Clubs, church groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.) on a large number of topics.
Camps are first come, first serve. Grades are based on the grade your child is entering in the next full school year. [PreK – 6th]
In partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Western Illinois University, Nahant Marsh hosts many college courses on-site for those interested in a degree in conservation.
4220 Wapello Avenue – Davenport, IA 52802
There is no fee to visit Nahant Marsh. Fees apply for naturalist-led programs like field trips, public programs, lectures, etc.
The Nahant Marsh Education Center is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday- year-round.
From October 1-March 31, it is open from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
From April 1-September 30 it is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Donate to the marsh here
View Nahant Marsh’s monthly calendar for all the happenings going on at the education center.