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
[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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Emergency Management Agency of Scott County has received the following information regarding seeds (seeds that you plant in the ground) that are being mailed to residents within the State of Iowa.

These seeds are not labeled and could contain an “invasive plant, seed-borne diseases, or other unknown seed treatments already applied.” Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship has been able to confirm that majority appear to be from China, and at least one Uzbekistan.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This program is FULL!

Join the Wapsi River staff for an adventure with kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or regular kayaker, come out to learn the basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniquies, and taking a tour of Pride Lake. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations.

Reminders: This program is determined by weather and site conditions. Weight capacity loads are 250-300 lbs./solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem. Dress appropriately and bring water.

You must call to register at 563-328-3286.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 3:00pm

The Scott County Conservation Board normally meets the second Tuesday of every month at the West Lake Park Headquarters office. Find agendas and minutes when available.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am

Come join Wapsi River Center staff and AmeriCorps Iowa 4-HEnvironmental 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 a glass jar with a lid (any size), a recycled soup can (any size), and a small reusable container to bring the lotion home. Space is limited, so please call to register.

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

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Sunday, August 16, 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!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The August 2020 Virtual Forum presenter will be Jon Koch, Water & Resource Recovery Facility Director for the City of Muscatine, Iowa. Jon will speak about Muscatine's Water & Resource Recovery Journey and the innovative practices that the city has been using to improve water quality.

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    Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 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 is a weather permitting event, Registration is LIMITED and REQUIRED!

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    Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

    Join Iowa 4-H AmeriCorps member for a free afternoon of hiking and orienteering! Participants will learn how to read and use a map and compass, then take to the trails and capture 360º photos to show off what the Wapsi River center trails have to offer in the summer! This event is family freindly. Please bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray and dress for the weather.

    Please call to register.

    phot of two children putting
    Saturday, August 22, 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 the rest of the season events.  http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special- [ Click Title for Full Article ]

    Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

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

    Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time. (21 days remain)
    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.