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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Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am

Come get your feet wet and learn about the vast world of critters that live in our ponds and streams! This family friendly event will introduce you to a fun outdoor activity, as well as the importance of water quality and aquatic life. You will learn how you can monitor creeks and streams in your neighborhood, and how you can get others involved as well. Please plan to bring rain boots or other waterproof footwear.

Registration is limited and required..

 

1000 Hours Outside logo

The 1000 Hours Outside Activity Book launch is this April. We think you’re going to love it! 

The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. If kids can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average then the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome!

Learn more at the link below.

https://www.1000hoursoutside.com/

 

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.50 to $14.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $18.00 to $20.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $9.50 to $11.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.50 to $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal)

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.00 to $12.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $9.00 to $11.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

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

Application Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (18 days remain)
photo of people attending heritage days in the past
Sunday, May 30, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021

11:00am - 5:00pm Daily Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear!  The past will com to life at the Village as interpreters and actors recreate pioneer life.  There will be pioneer craft demonstrations, live music and performances by the Wapsi Wranglers.  Admission is $2 for Adult and $1 for Children.  Hope to see you there!

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.00 to $12.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.50 to $14.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time.
Two instructors in the pool demonstrating a skill to a group of children sitting along the edge of the pool.

Scott County Park Pool is proud to be an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Provider. The Learn-to-Swim program is unique compared to other learn to swim programs. Classes are offered for children ages 3 years old and up. Students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in the one level before then advancing to the next.

Sessions are offered from June-July for Group Lessons, Private Lessons, Lifeguarding Certification and a WSI Instructor Class. Register online beginning April 1st or in person starting April 12th at the Scott County Park Entry Station.

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Site 58 at West Lake's Park Terrace campground.

Book Your Camping Getaway Today

Reservations are now being accepted for a limited number of campsites at Scott County and West Lake Parks, with arrival dates as soon as next week! 

Reservations can be made here or by calling the campgrounds directly at the numbers listed below. Online reservations are encouraged.

  • Scott County Park - (563) 328-3282 ext 1
  • West Lake Park - (563) 328-3281 ext 1