Wapsi River Environmental Education Center

Wapsi River Environmental Education Center

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.

Wapsi River Environmental Education CenterCenter 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

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.

Wapsi River Environmental Education Center Sites: Bends to Beaches Water TrailEagle View Eco CenterEagle View Eco Center Assembly RoomElm CampsiteKestrel CabinMenke ObservatoryOsprey Aquatic LabOutdoor AmphitheaterOwl's Nest DormitoryPine RingRedtail LodgeShooting RangeTeams CourseVincent Campsite


24th Annual Wapsi Fall Ecology Day ~ 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. ~ Wapsi River Center

Come join us for a hands on insect learning experience for young and old alike.  Bring your whole family for an exploration of the Wapsi Center and learn about our resident 6 legged friends!  Please call to reserve a space for your family and to pre-order your bug kits (563)328-3286.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. ~ Pollinator Truffles - Learn how to make your own “Seed  Truffles” to help our local pollinators.11:00 – 12:00 P.M. ~ Insect Discovery Hike - Come learn about some of the amazing creatures inhabiting our prairie or pond ecosystem.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. ~ LUNCH (Pine
  • ...
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The Center offers a full schedule of public educational programs that are advertised through the local media and the WREN. The WREN is the quarterly newsletter of the Scott County Conservation Board, and is published by the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center.

News & Notices

Come explore the Wapsi River Center this winter, via snowshoes or cross country skis. The Wapsi River Center has aluminum snowshoes, and X country ski equipment which may be checked out on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. The equipment is available on a “first come first served” basis. Please...
December 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016
Bald eagles will start arriving in November along with migrant waterfowl. The stretch of the Wapsi River below the Center supports dozens of eagles in the night roost. The best viewing will be at the Center from December through early March, one to two hours before dusk. During Center hours scopes...
October 28, 2015 to March 1, 2016
Fall and Winter School Field Trips If you would like to schedule a field trip, we encourage educators to schedule as far in advance as possible and take an active role. School programs are not scheduled for Mondays so that staff may work on administration and projects. You may download our field...
October 5, 2015 to November 14, 2015