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Mission: To provide a unique learning experience that connects people to the natural world and empowers them to positively impact their local environments.

Features include:

  • Environmental education facility staffed to provide environmental education programs highlighting the biology, ecology and geology of the unique Driftless Area
  • Visitor Center featuring with wetlands, prairie, wildlife displays and animals native to the Driftless Area. The visitor center is open to the public at no cost.
  • Community gathering space with large covered plaza that is ADA compliant and available for rentals by private groups and organizations

We work cooperatively with area conservation agencies and organizations such as US Fish and Wildlife, Scouts and Clayton  County Conservation.



HawkWatch 2017 

Saturday, October 7th


HawkWatch celebrates the magnificent fall migration of hundreds of thousands of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi River Flyway. This free event is designed to appeal to everyone including families, amateur birders and raptor enthusiasts. There will be live bird presentations by staff from the Iowa Raptor Project (10am & 1pm), a story telling program (11:15am), face painting and hands-on educational activities for children throughout the day. Birding experts will also be on hand to help identify raptors and other birds migrating through the area.


Wetland Explorers – Nature Tots

First Wednesday of the Month - Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6


Bring your young ones out for our wetland explorer program where we discover the wonders of nature through indoor and outdoor activities. Age Range: 2-5 yrs 


Halloween at the Farmers Market

Friday, October 13th



Marquette Farmers Market at the Wetlands Centre

Every Friday from 4-7pm from May 26th - October 13th 

The Farmers Market at the Wetlands Centre features local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese curds, beef, pork and lamb products, wine, honey, granola, syrups, walnuts, plants, herbs, and much more! 

Educational activities and programs will be held on various dates along with the market. A viewing of the "Mysteries of the Driftless" documentary will be shown at 6pm during each of the markets.

2017 Vendors include: Our Farm Meats, Kymar Acres, Busy Bees LLC, Cheryl Corlett, Paul Young (asparagus), Homestead Dairy (cheese curds), Robert Jelinek, BuckingLamb Palace, Highlandville Honey Farm, Jennings Winery, Elsinger Farms, Hurda Kountry Krafts, and Stagman Lawn Ornaments

Sponsors: City of Marquette & Central State Bank



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