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.

[ 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
(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


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

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

Glynns Creek Golf Course is closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring. If you would like to schedule outings or have questions, please call (563) 328-3284 and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thanks! John Valliere, Golf Professional
November 23, 2015 to March 1, 2016
The Scott County Conservation Board announces that the November Board meeting regularly scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11 th , has been changed to Tuesday, November 17 th at 3:00 p.m. at West Lake Park Headquarters office. For additional information, please call (563) 328-3280.
November 2, 2015 to November 17, 2015
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