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

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.


Saturday, November 19, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions for All Students

Students will need to bring their certificate of completion from the online portion of the class. Use Scott County Park's Northwest entrance at 18701 290th Street, Long Grove, IA. The Old Nature Center will be 100 yards from this entrance on the left hand side.


Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife...

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 and West Lake Park Beach/Boathouse will be open weekdays and weekends through Sunday, August 21st. After August 21st the pool and beach/boathouse will be open weekends only and will close for the season after September 5th. Please click the below link for the open/close...
Posted: August 15, 2016
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Posted: June 27, 2016
Kayak rentals will be available at West Lake Park's Boathouse starting Saturday, June 11th. The Boathouse is open daily from 10:00am - 8:00pm. We invite you to come test out the waters and explore another opportunity to be active in the great outdoors! Questions? Call the Boathouse directly at (563...
Posted: June 9, 2016