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.

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Features

Flyer advertising the event.
Monday, June 3, 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!

 

Flyer advertising the event.
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

 

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $24.35 to $33.56 per hour plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2024, 4:30pm Central Time. (3 days remain) Time is running out Expires soon!
flyer with program information
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 ]

flyer with program information
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 ]

Flyer advertising the event.
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

 

Flyer advertising the event.
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

flyer with program information
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 ]

Flyer advertising the event.
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.
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.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $24.50 to $26.50 per hour plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $15.50 to $17.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $15.50 to $17.50 per hour

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

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