Wapsi River Environmental Education Center

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
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.

Features

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:00am

Open daily 9am-6pm. Admission/donation: $2.00 adults, $1.00 children, under 5 free.

Bring the family out to tour our 19 historical buildings depicting life in rural Iowa from early settler times to the 1940’s.

http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/pioneer-village

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:00am

Open daily 9am-5pm. Admission: $2.00 adults, 16 & under free.

Bring the family out see the buffalo and to tour the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody built in 1847. Tours and souvenir shop available.

http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/buffalo-bill-cody-homestead/cody-homestead

Photo of the golf course landscape

Glynns Creek Golf Course will be open for the season beginning Wednesday, March 22nd at 10:00.  For tee times or more information call (563) 328-3284.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Come join in the fun, this event features an 8" Cup! 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 $50.00 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!

http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/conservation/glynns-creek-golf-course/special-events

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Teams consist of four players, 2 men & 2 women. This event features an 8” cup! Play is a scramble, all players tee shots must be used at least twice in the 18 holes. The tournament is flighted by the number of teams signed up for the event.  Men play from white tees, women play from red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $50.00 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, and prizes!  Click the link below to see more opportunities to participate in special events!

Swimmers in the pool at Scott County Park.

Early bird registration is April 17 -  May 14, 2017

Register in person at the Scott County Park Entry Station from 8am - 9pm daily or by calling 563-328-3282 ext. 1 with use of Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. 

Early bird fee is $35 per session/per student.  After May 14, 2017 the fee is $40 per session/per student.  All fees are due at the time of registration.

Check attachment for complete information.

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

Join Naturalist Michael Granger for a tour of the Wapsi woods in search of spring wildflowers. Wild Ginger, Geranium, Bloodroot and Mayapple are just some of the flowers to be found!
Posted: April 26, 2017
Registration For this class is now full. Please check back for future opportunites at the Wapsi River Center. In this kid-friendly class that blends nature and art, learn from Naturalist what foods in the forest are safe for people to eat! Then, enjoy some lemonade while you learn to paint a themed...
Posted: April 21, 2017
Learn how to use a bow and arrow in this fun and informative hands-on class! Children must be in the 4th grade or above to participate and accompanied by an adult. This is a weather permitting event, please call to pre-register.
Posted: April 20, 2017