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.

[ Friends of the Wapsi Center ]

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]

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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

Flyer advertising the event.
Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 4:30pm

During this electronics-free program we will focus on getting in touch with nature and some of the health benefits associated with it. We will practice mindfulness, nature bathing, and yoga. This program is open to all people of all abilities! Program fee is $5/person (payable by cash or check at the program). 

We will be active during the program so please dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat, towel, or blanket and a water bottle. Registration is required so please call to reserve your spot.

Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am

Join the Wapsi River Team and explore the Wapsipinicon River by kayak, to celebrate and honor our sacred waters. Participants must be 16 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Participants are responsible for transportation between launch and take-out sites. Please consider bringing the following items: sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, water bottle, waterproof container with snacks/lunch. This event is determined by weather and river conditions. Expect the trip to last~4 hours. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations.  Kayaks, paddles, and PFDs are provided so call to register a seat at (563)328-3286 [ Click Title for Full Article ]

Flyer advertising the event.
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm

Enjoy live folk, bluegrass and country music. Music by Fifth of Country, Quarter Moon Tinsnips, Front Porch Pickers & Gene & Nancy Morgan.

Admission is $6.00 adults, $3.00 kids, under 5 free.

Food vendor, or bring a picnic lunch & lawn chairs. Rain or Shine. If rain, all music will be in Olde St. Ann’s Church on the grounds.

Female Wapsi Center naturalist educating children.
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 2:40pm

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center of the Scott County Conservation Board is seeking qualified individuals to serve as a temporary AmeriCorps 4-H Environmental Education Member.

The Full time positions require the successful completion of at least 1700 hours of service by term end (~ 12 months, approximately 35-40 hours weekly). The Member will receive: a living allowance of $16,000 to be distributed equally by month over the term of service, a $6,345 Segal Education Award upon completion of the term, student loan forbearance, leadership and skill development, as well as hands-on experience. [ Click Title for Full Article ]

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Part-time) $13.65 to $13.65 per hour

Application Deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time.