Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

The Cody Homestead

The boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody, government Scout and Wild West Showman, is located in the broad valley of the Wapsipinicon River, a short 20 minute drive from I-80. The 1847 farmhouse, entered in the National Registry of Historic Places, was built by Isaac Cody, Buffalo Bill's father, of native limestone and contains walnut floors and trim.

The Homestead has been restored and furnished with items typical of the mid-19th century. Cody Homestead is nestled in scenic hillside overlooking the rich Iowa prairie where buffalo graze on the land surrounding the house. The Cody Homestead is air conditioned.

OPEN DAILY
9 AM - 5 PM
April thru October
Adults $2, 16 and under free.
Located at 28050 230th Ave, at Bluff Road
Scott County, Iowa
Phone: (563) 225-2981

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Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am

Bring your littles out to the Wapsi River Center for some fun FREE stories and nature play!

Th Scott County Library System's Bookmobile* will be there with lots of stories and the Wapsi River Center has plenty of places to explore! Ages 3 and under welcome to attend with their adults.

Registration not required. *You do NOT have to be a Scott County resident to enjoy the Bookmobile!

 

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $13.00 to $15.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 4:30pm Central Time. (7 days remain)
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Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 3:00pm

Join Naturalist Mike for a lesson on spring woodland wildflowers at the Wapsi River Center. Mayapple, bloodroot, and hepatica are just some of the many wonderful wildflowers to discover. Please wear sturdy waterproof shoes for this woodland adventure.

Online registration is required. Click link to go to our website to register: Wildflower Hike

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Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 6:00pm

Come learn about the frogs and toads of Iowa and experience the sounds of the season in search of these amphibians which inhabit the Wapsi River Center

Online registration is required. Click link to go to our website to register: Frog & Toad Chorus

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Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Come Learn about the many wild edibles in your own neck of the woods. We will focus on foraging basics, foraging safety, identifying plants, and preparing wild edibles. We will take a hike outdoors to identify and forage some of the spring wild edibles available during this time. After the hike, put your cast iron cooking skills to the test and make an egg bake out of our foraged ingredients over a campfire!

Online registration is required. Click link to go to our website to register: Spring Wild Edibles

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Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Nature Journaling allows new perspectives to be discovered by looking at nature in a new way. Join Naturalist Clarah for a guided experience to start your journal.

Bring your favorite lawn chair, journal, and writing tools to add your personal touch. (Journals and writing tools will also be provided to those who need them)

Online registration is required. Please go to our website to register: Journaling

 

 

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Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Come out to the Wapsi to dispel the myths and legends of bats! We will have several learning opportunities and activities throughout the evening! We recommend bringing insect repellent and a flashlight if you are planning to go on the hike.

Online registration is required. Click link to go to our website to register:

7-8 pm Build a Bat house - $10/house hold please bring a hammer

8-dusk Bat Presentation & Hike

 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 10:00am

Join Wapsi River Center Staff for an adventure with Kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or a regular paddler, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour around Lake of the Hills. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations

This program is determined by weather and site conditions. Dress appropriately and bring water.

Weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./ solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem.

Online registration is required. Click here to register  [ Click Title for Full Article ]

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 1:00pm

Join Wapsi River Center Staff for an adventure with Kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or a regular paddler, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour around Lake of the Hills. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations

This program is determined by weather and site conditions. Dress appropriately and bring water.

Weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./ solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem.

Online registration is required. Click here to register  [ Click Title for Full Article ]

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Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 1:00pm

Learn about the cause and effect of the decline pollinator populations through the Great Sunflower project .  You will get to participate in a pollinator count and then make an insect hotel that you can take home and install in your own garden using recyclable items.  Please bring empty cans or bottles for the insect hotels. 

Online registration is required. Please click the link to register: Pollinator

 

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Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:00am

Learn how to use a bow and arrow in this fun, informative and free hands-on class!  Children must be in the 4th grade or above to participate and accompanied by an adult. Adults are welcome to participate as well! Park in Parking Lot A and meet at the Observatory. This event is weather permitting. 

Online registration is required. Click the link to register: Archery Basics

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 1:00pm

Join Wapsi River Center Staff for an adventure with Kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or a regular paddler, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour around Lake of the Hills. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations

This program is determined by weather and site conditions. Dress appropriately and bring water.

Weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./ solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem.

Online registration is required. Click here to register  [ Click Title for Full Article ]

flyer with program information
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 10:00am

Join Wapsi River Center Staff for an adventure with Kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or a regular paddler, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour around Lake of the Hills. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations

This program is determined by weather and site conditions. Dress appropriately and bring water.

Weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./ solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem.

Online registration is required. Click here to register  [ Click Title for Full Article ]

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Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

Come join Wapsi River Center staff and learn to become more sustainable by creating your own health and home products made with natural ingredients. Making your own natural products is customizable, and it's FUN! We will make dandelion lotion bars and more. We will also learn about upcycling and reducing your footprint on the planet! Participants must be 7 years and older. The program costs $8/person for supplies.

Online registration is required. Please click the link to register: Health & Home

 

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.00 to $14.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 4:30pm Central Time.

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