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]

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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

Thursday, November 25, 2021 to Friday, November 26, 2021

Scott County, City and State offices will be closed Thursday, November 25, 2021 and Friday, November 26, 2021 in observation of Thanksgiving. Additionally, the General Store is closed Saturday.

Flyer advertising the event.
Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 12:00pm

Admission: Donation of pet supply item(s) or $$$ that will be distributed to Humane Society of Scott County & Down by the Creek Companion Animal Sanctuary.

Things to do: Visit Santa and take your own photos, kids can make Christmas crafts, write letter to Santa or make reindeer food, listen to Old Time Christmas music in the church, buy chili, cookies, hot drinks and unique gifts, watch blacksmithing and enjoy Christmas decorations throughout the Village.

Well-mannered pets are welcome on the grounds AND they can visit Santa too!  However, pets are not allowed in the soda fountain or saloon.

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $66,518.40 to $91,686.40 per year plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021, 4:30pm Central Time. (2 days remain) Time is running out Expires soon!
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Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 10:00am

Join our staff to create your own handmade personalized gifts for the holiday season (or enjoy them yourself if you prefer!). This program is suitable for all ages, although adult supervision is required for children under 16. The program fee is $5/person.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call.

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.