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]

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.

Attachments: 

Features

Fireworks display on the Mississippi River.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Scott County offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020 in observation of the Independence Day.

Have a safe Fourth of July holiday.

Flyer advertising the event.
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:30pm

This Program is FULL.

Come join our AmeriCorps Iowa 4-H member on a night of exploration into the magical world of fireflies. Learn about some of Iowa's most unique bioluminescent insects that can be found right in your very own backyard! Participants will then make their own insect observation container then go on a firefly catching adventure to see what fireflies live here! Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket to sit on, bug spray and an upcycled glass jar with a lid. This program is suitable of all ages and is weather dependent. Space is limited so registration is required.

Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 10:00am

this program is FULL!

Come join Wapsi River Center staff and Iowa 4-H AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, and learn to become more sustainable by creating your own health and home products made with natural ingredients. This program costs $15/ person (payable at the program). Please bring two spray bottles, a small squeeze bottle and a reusable container. See flyer for details. Space is limited, so please call to register.

We will observe social distancing guidelines and PPE during this indoor program. 

flyer about the event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

This program is FULL.

Come learn about the many wild edibles in your own neck of the woods. We will focus on foraging basics, foraging safey, identifying plants, and preparing wild edibles. We will then take a hike outdoors to identify some of the summer wild edibles available during this time. Registration is limited and required.

 

 

Volunteer is sampling water.
Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Now is your chance to contribute to one of the largest water quality databases in Iowa to monitor trends in the health of Scott County's watersheds! 

We will train volunteers to use lab equipment to test for pH, nitrogen, chloride, and phosphorus, among other parameters.  Some volunteers will also record insects and other wildlife living in the watersheds! 

Your important work will help Partners of Scott County Watersheds report impaired waterways to local governments and funding organizations to potentially install water quality improvement projects.

  • When: Saturday, July 18, 8:00AM-12:00PM
  • Where: Davenport Public Works, 1200 E
  • [ Click Title for Full Article ]
photo of golf course
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Man and woman are a 2 person team and play 9 holes in an alternate shot format and scored using a modified stable ford scoring system. The event is flighted by the number of teams signed up each night. Men play from the white tees and women play from the red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per couple and includes green fee, cart fee, prizes and a cookout after play. This is intended to be a fun night and beginners are encouraged to participate.

Check out this link for more fun events!  http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special-events

photo of glynns creek golf course in fall
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Come join in the fun! 4 person teams are flighted by number of teams signed up for the event.  Men will play from the blue tees and women play from green tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per person and includes green fee, cart fee, and prizes.  Can't make this date?  Click the link below to see more opportunities to participate in fun special events!

http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special-events

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $19.20 to $26.47 per hour plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time. New (18 days remain)
photo of golf course
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Man and woman are a 2 person team and play 9 holes in an alternate shot format and scored using a modified stable ford scoring system. The event is flighted by the number of teams signed up each night. Men play from the white tees and women play from the red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per couple and includes green fee, cart fee, prizes and a cookout after play. This is intended to be a fun night and beginners are encouraged to participate.

Check out this link for more fun events!  http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special-events

Two bicyclers at the park.

Bike and Equestrian Trails are OPEN due to conditions.  

  • When open, please avoid any areas that may be wet.
  • At times, trails are closed due to weather conditions.

If you would like additional information, please call Scott County Park at (563) 328-3282 ext 1.