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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.



Youth Trout Fishing Program

Sunday, June 4th at 12pm

Gary Siegwarth of Big Spring Trout Hatchery will lead a trout fishing program during Iowa’s free fishing weekend! Program begins at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre followed by fishing at Bloody Run County Park. Fishing poles provided. Please register for this program. Age 5+


Wetland Explorers – Nature Tots

Every Wednesday from June 7-July 19


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


Family Nature Days – Explore Together!

Thursdays on June 8th, July 6th & August 3rd


Looking for something different to do this summer with your kids and/or grandkids? We will take you out, guide you in exploring the wetlands and get you started with nature journaling. Pack a lunch and picnic in the pavilion after the activities. All ages.


Wild Wetlands - Summer Day Camps

Tuesday, June 20th for Grades K-3rd

Tuesday, July 18th for Grades 4th-6th

Mark your calendars for our summer day camps! We are excited to partner with Iowa State Extension & Outreach of Clayton County to offer an in depth exploration of wetland science! Registration available online at


Wetland Conservation Science and Youth Service Day

Thursday, June 22


Looking for community service hours? Learn about conservation science while you help with invasive species control and water quality monitoring in our wetlands. Ages 7th Grade & older.


Milkweed Seedballs & Prairie Wildflower Walk

Friday, June 23rd


We are assisting Milkweed Matters with their efforts to make milkweed seedballs that will be tossed out along Iowa roadsides by RAGBRAI riders to improve monarch habitat. Join us for this Farmers Market program, which includes making seedballs and a guided prairie wildflower walk around the wetlands.


Campfire Critters: Family Nature Night

Friday, July 14th


From bats to fireflies….join us as we explore the habits of animals found around the center at night. Stick around to roast marshmallows around the campfire. All ages are welcome!


Dino Day

Saturday, July 29th


Learn about prehistoric northeast Iowa. The event will include a fossil dig for kids, an atlatl throwing program by Michael Douglas, displays of a mammoth tooth and a Diplodocus thigh bone and other educational activities. Phil Burgess, a local geology expert, will talk about dinosaurs that roamed the Driftless Area. A great family event with dino-themed treats!


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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