Back to Nature

Often referred to as the ‘hidden gems’ of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Nahant Marsh Education Center in southwest Davenport and Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton bracket portions of the college service area with natural treasures –beautiful outdoor settings featuring plants, trees, wildlife habitat, native flowers and more. Both sites are open to everyone and offer free admission. We encourage you to explore the outdoors by visiting these great spaces!

Nahant Marsh education signage in front of marsh plantsNahant Marsh at 4220 Wapello Avenue in Davenport is a 305-acre preserve, nestled in a 513-acre wetland complex bordered by the Mississippi River, Interstate 280 and Highway 22. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The education center itself – featuring displays, photos, local flora and fauna – is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon. For information on special activities and events, visit

Red ring of life sculpture framed by evergreen treesBickelhaupt Arboretum at 340 S. 14th Street in Clinton, showcases 14 acres of select trees, shrubs, groundcovers, flowers and outdoor artwork. There is also a lending library and museum display. The arboretum was created in 1970 by Robert and Frances Bickelhaupt and was donated to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in 2014. The Arboretum is open every day from sun-up to sundown. For information on special activities and events, visit

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