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

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:00am to Monday, May 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear! The past will come to life at the Village as interpreters and actors recreate pioneer life. There will be pioneer craft demonstrations, folk music and performances by the Wapsi Wranglers and Kickapoo Indian Dancer. Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village is located on the north end of Scott County Park.

Open daily 11-5. Admission: $2.00 adults, $1.00 children, under 5 free

Memorial Day honoring their legecy.
Monday, May 30, 2016 (All day)

Scott County, City and State offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observation of Memorial Day. Additionally, the General Store is closed Saturday.

Visit the Scott County Veterans Memorial of those from Scott County who made the supreme sacrifice.

West Lake Beach is seeking qualified, friendly, responsible, team players to join our lifeguard staff. To apply, please visit our website at http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/employment.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

This program is exclusively sponsored by The Quad City In-Fisherman and is part of the FISH IOWA angler education program. Open to Scott County residents grades K-6. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult, moms and dads are encouraged to attend. All poles and tackle are provided. Registration begins at 8:00am.

The Scott County Park Pool, West Lake Beach and Boathouse are scheduled to be open (weather permitting) Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, from 10am until 8pm.

These facilities will not be open May 31st through June 3rd, but will open daily for the season on Saturday, June 4th.

Season passes are available for purchase and can be used at both the pool and the beach. We hope to be included in your summer plans!

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 (All day) to Friday, June 17, 2016 (All day)

EDIWILD (Educators in the Wild) is a 2-day educators’ workshop to facilitate the incorporation of environmental education and sustainability into the school curriculum.  The workshop will emphasize environmental stewardship and this year’s theme is “W.A.T.E.R.- Working with Aquatic Technology and Environmental  Resources". The workshop will bridge the gap between our most critical natural resource, water, and how human behaviors effect water quality. Using technology and conservation practices, educators will gain awareness and  education to encourage and facilitate lifestyle changes resulting in stewardship.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2016 (All day) to Friday, June 24, 2016 (All day)

We hope to see you at the 2016 Quad Cities Pollinator Conference June 23-24. Over the two days, topics will cover native insects, honey bees and creating pollinator friendly habitat. The first day will be held at the River Center located in downtown Davenport, Iowa, and will consist of nearly 20 experts speaking on current pollinator issues, challenges, and opportunities.

The event will feature an opening keynote by Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Monarch Joint Venture, and a luncheon keynote by Dr. Orley R. Chip Taylor, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch.

The second day will consist of a morning of scheduled tours around the Quad City area, visiting successful pollinator habitat...

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

The Scott County Park Pool, West Lake Beach and Boathouse are scheduled to be open (weather permitting) Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, from 10am until 8pm. These facilities will not be open May 31st through June 3rd, but will open daily for the season on Saturday, June 4th. Season...
Posted: May 24, 2016
West Lake Beach is seeking qualified, friendly, responsible, team players to join our lifeguard staff. To apply, please visit our website at http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/employment .
Posted: May 6, 2016
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