Parking available to the west of the Education Center
Site Amenities and Recreation Opportunities:
The Marsh offers a wide variety of environmental education programming for people of all ages on wetland ecosystems, water quality, and biodiversity. Classroom and lab facilities at the Education Center are available for K-12 field trips and higher education research. Programming is also available for the general public.Interpretive trails, board walks, docks, and a bird blind as well as educational signage are also at the Marsh for visitor use.
Trails are open from dusk to dawn. Education center open as needed.
Natural Site Characteristics:
Nahant Marsh is one of the last remaining urban wetlands of its size on the Upper Mississippi River. From the 1960s to 1996, the land was used for skeet and trap shooting leaving Nahant Marsh (NM) contaminated with lead shot. Today, the 513 acre area encompasses different wetland community types including bottomland forest, open-water habitat, and a marsh. It provides habitat for rare species such as the Leopard Frog and Blandings Turtle.
Programming and infrastructure needs:
The Nahant Marsh Education Center Board is planning to purchase an adjacent property that will to expand the Marsh's offerings. The property will become a field station with a laboratory for research and double classroom and office space. The property has a boat ramp with access to the Mississippi and allows for
public access to Carp Lake, a diverse, 44 acre area. Nature trails will also be developed at the site.