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
wapsicenter@scottcountyiowa.com

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

Features

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join Director/naturalist Dave Murcia for an adventure with kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or regular kayaker, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour of Lake of the Hills. Call to register for a kayak seat.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Join us for a hike to identify some spring woodland wildflowers like rue anemone, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, Jacob’s ladder, spring beauty, dog tooth violet and many more. Please call to pre-register.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join Naturalist Mike Granger for a lesson on our local frog and toad species. Visitors will learn how to identify the various calls associated with each species and then go on a night time frog catching adventure! Please bring a flashlight and waterproof footwear. Call to pre-register.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:00am

Registration begins April 16th and you can register in person at the Scott County Park Entry Station from 8am - 9pm daily.  Registration is also available by calling (563) 328-3282 ext. 1 with use of Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  Early bird fee (until 5/15) is $35 per session/per student.  After 5/15 fee is $40 per session/per student.  All fees are due at the time of registration.

Young Pioneers

Open for Registration.

Multiple one-week sessions, from June to August, Monday through Friday for children age 6-12 at Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village.

Due to infestations of Emerald Ash Borer, Out-Of-County firewood without proper IDALS labeling is NOT permitted. For more information speak with our park staff or visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/shadetrees/eab.html

News & Notices

Registration begins April 16th and you can register in person at the Scott County Park Entry Station from 8am - 9pm daily. Registration is also available by calling (563) 328-3282 ext. 1 with use of Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Early bird fee (until 5/15) is $35 per session/per student. After 5/...
Posted: March 30, 2016
Glynns Creek Golf Course is open for the season . We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to schedule outings or have questions, please call John Valliere, Golf Professional at (563) 328-3284 and you will return a call as soon as possible. www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-...
Posted: March 10, 2016
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Posted: December 2, 2015