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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Flyer advertising the event
Saturday, April 18, 2020

POSTPONED -Until Further Notice.

9:00am - Noon

Join the Friends of the Wapsi Center and Staff for a celebration of Earth Day.  Our workday will focus on habitat clean-up and sprucing up the facilities for upcoming events. There will be fun for all ages and abilities, bring the whole family and a friend!  Please bring appropriate clothing, work gloves and a water bottle.  Afterwards, enjoy a light lunch provided by the Friends of the Wapsi Center.

Please call to REGISTER  - 563-328-3286

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 4:30pm

Watch Environmental Education Programs for FREE, at the “wild” of the Wapsi

We greatly appreciate your support and trust, and we want the public to be able to continue to enjoy the outdoors as an opportunity to enhance wellness. We are creating videos, in support of alternative on-site visits by schools and the public, as a relevant service to our community. We are bringing the “outdoors” to you, so “travel” to our Scott County Conservation's Facebook page for environmental education programs! These free E-programs are being offered in support of social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19. 

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UPDATED 4/3/2020:

We greatly appreciate your support and trust, and we want the public to be able to continue to enjoy the outdoors as an opportunity to enhance both your physical and mental health, especially during this period that can create increased anxieties.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share with you important information about our parks and facilities. 

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Series #1

Tuesday: April 21st & 28th  May 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

Thursday: April 23rd & 30th  May 7th, 9th, 14th, 21st, & 28th

Series #2

Tuesday: June 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th   July 7th & 14th

Thursday:  June 11th, 18th, & 25th  July 2nd, 9th & 16th

Series #3

Thursday: July 30th  August 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th  September 3rd

- all lessons are 6:00 - 7:00pm

Please call to reserve your spot!  (563) 328-3284

Glynns Creek Golf course welcome sign.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 8:00am

Glynns Creek Golf Course is now open for the season (weather permitting).  For more information and Tee times, please call.

Closed restroom sign.

Scott County Conservation parks continue to look at ways to help protect the health of visitors and staff during the COVID-19 health emergency. Our parks are still open. However, in accordance to CDC guidelines and in response to the Iowa state parks decision to reduce certain park amenities as part of the COVID-19 response, we are announcing the following operational changes, effectively immediately:

  • All bathrooms, including pit latrines and shower-houses, are closed until further notice. Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer, as no soap or sanitizer will be available in the park.
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Campers playing with hula-hoops during an indian presentation.

We have openings for children 6 - 12 yrs old who love to explore, learn about nature, and make lots of new friends!  Day camps are available starting in June at Pioneer Village.  Register now for one or all of the eight, 1 week adventures!

Questions: Call the Pioneer Village at (563) 328-3283

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $18.00 to $20.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.50 to $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $13.32 to $13.32 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.50 to $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.50 to $14.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.00 to $12.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal)

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $9.00 to $11.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time.

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