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
[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.



Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Come and celebrate Fall in the great outdoors! Join us for an exciting day of presentations, activities, hiking and crafts. Activities are geared for all ages and abilities. Registration is required please call 563-328-3286.

  • 10am - 11am ~ Prairie Seed Collecting and Seed Balls
  • 11am - 12pm ~ Leave No Trace Principles
  • 12pm - 1pm ~ Lunch
  • 1pm - 2pm  ~ Woodland Hike and Leaf Collection
  • 2pm - 3pm ~ Leaf Rubbing
photo of glynns creek golf course in fall
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Come join in the fun, this event features an 8" cup! Four 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.  This is the last four person best shots of the season so hurry and sign up so you don't miss out on the fun!


photo of golf course
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Man and woman are a 2 person team and play 9 holes with an 8" cup 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.  This is the last couples outing and your last chance to play an 8" cup, be sure to get signed up!

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $23.34 to $32.17 per hour plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 4, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time. (5 days remain)
Photo of golf cart on course
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Teams consist of four players, 2 men and 2 women PLUS an 8" cup! Play is a scramble, all players tee shots must be used at least twice in the 18 holes. The tournament is flighted by the number of teams signed up for the event.  Men play from white tees, women play from red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, and prizes!  Click the link below to see more opportunities to participate in special events!

Volunteers reviewing water data on clipboard.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Become a citizen scientist for the day and contribute to one of the largest water quality databases in Iowa!

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.

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.

No previous experience is necessary, and anyone 16 and over is welcome!

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8:00AM-12:00PM
  • Where: Bettendorf Surrey
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Two bicyclers at the park.

Bike and Equestrian trails are CLOSED, 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.