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

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


Wapsi River Center ~ Join Naturalist Michael Granger for a lesson on cattails. Learn how the cattail is an important plant and make cattail dolls and mats.  Please call ahead to reserve your spot today (563)328-3286.

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The Center offers a full schedule of public educational programs that are advertised through the local media and the WREN. The WREN is the quarterly newsletter of the Scott County Conservation Board, and is published by the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center.

News & Notices

Come explore the Wapsi River Center this winter, via snowshoes or cross country skis. The Wapsi River Center has aluminum snowshoes, and X country ski equipment which may be checked out on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. The equipment is available on a “first come first served” basis. Please...
December 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016
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
The Scott County Conservation Board announces that the regular October Board Meeting will take place at 4:00p.m. at Glynns Creek Clubhouse on October 14th. If you would like additional information please call (563) 328-3280.
October 6, 2015 to October 14, 2015