Wapsi River Environmental Education Center

Entrance to the Wapsi.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center is located along the Wapsipinicon River and consists of 225 acres of upland and bottomland forests, grasslands, and wetlands. The Wapsi Center, along with Sherman Park across the river, provide a 432-acre complex offering a wide variety of uses.

Center Goals

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center provides multiple uses, with an emphasis on resource protection and environmental education. Specific goals include:

  • protection of existing natural resources
  • a comprehensive environmental education program
  • providing limited outdoor recreation
  • providing public access to the Wapsipinicon River
  • managing the area to provide diverse wildlife habitat
  • development of a Wapsipinicon River Greenbelt

You Can Help!

Are you a school teacher or a member of a civic organization that is looking for a community project? Please consider the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center. The Center has a constant need for supplies and equipment.

The Friends of the Wapsi Center is a citizens' support group providing assistance to the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center in the form of volunteers for programs, technical assistance, curriculum planning, financial support, and guidance in fulfilling the Center's goals.

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Need Information?

For more information on programs and facilities, the "Friends" Group, or making a contribution to the Center, contact us:

Wapsi River Center
31555 52nd Avenue
Dixon, Iowa 52745
563-328-3286
[email protected]

Find us on Facebook here!

Project Partners

The Wapsi Center is managed and operated by Scott County Conservation. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and QCCA helped with the original purchase of the property and fund raising.

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Features

This is Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 18, 2021

Scott County offices will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.

This family friendly program blends art and nature in a fun way! Join Naturalist Paige at the Wapsi River Center to learn about our resident Great Horned owl and then create an owl-themed painting with guided step-by-step instructions. This program costs $5/canvas (payable by cash or check at the program). Space is limited so please call to register.

flyer with program information
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm

Join Naturalist/Director Dave Murcia for an outdoor adventure in snowshoes. Snowshoes are weight rated for both adults and children. Waterproof boots are suggested. 

This program is dependent on weather and site conditions.

Registration is limited and required..

 

flyer with program information
Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 1:00pm

Join Naturalist/Director Dave Murcia for an outdoor adventure in snowshoes. Snowshoes are weight rated for both adults and children. Waterproof boots are suggested. 

This program is dependent on weather and site conditions.

Registration is limited and required..

 

Conservation Executive Director Roger Kean shaking new Park Ranger Brad Taylor's hand.

We would like introduce our newest Park Ranger, Bradley Taylor. Bradley started in December and we were able to officially swear him in at our virtual Conservation Board meeting on January 13, 2021. He joins our team with 15 years previous experience with Clinton County Conservation and is excited to put his experience to further use helping make Scott County Park a great place for people to come and recreate.

Congratulations and welcome aboard Brad!