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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.

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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
[email protected]

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.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be hosting an in-depth Snapshot training on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Nahant Marsh (4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport, IA).

The Snapshot Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring events have been taking place since 2003. Three times a year, groups of volunteers will test around 50 sites in Scott County for nitrogen, phosphorus, chloride, pH, temperature, and turbidity, among other parameters.

Our volunteers come from many different educational backgrounds and age groups, and no previous experience is necessary! This training is a chance for those who have been thinking about volunteering to get comfortable [ Click Title for Full Article ]

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled day of family friendly indoor & outdoor winter activities.  Including snowshoeing, bird hike, winter bird feeding, & crafting activites.  Event is FREE however a limited number of snowshoes are available,  Please call to register your family 563-328-3286.

~Outdoor Activities~

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Snowshoeing Tour
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Bird Hike

~Indoor Activites~

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Winter Bird Feeding
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Chili Cook off - LUNCH
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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

THE REGISTRATION IS FULL.

Join Friends of the Wapsi Center member, Lucia Dryanski, and learn how to make candles out of recycled wax. You will learn about the history of candle making and make your own candle to take home. Participants must be a minimum of 10 years old. This class is limited to 10 candle kits. There is a suggested donation of $3 per candle kit with proceeds going to the Friends of the Wapsi Center. Registration is REQUIRED. Please call (563)328-3286 to register for this program.

 

 

Two bicyclers at the park.

Bike and Equestrian Trails are OPEN.

  • When open, please avoid any areas that may be wet.
  • At times, trails are closed due to weather conditions.

If you would like additional information, please call Scott County Park at (563) 328-3282 ext 1.