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
[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.



Flyer with Program Information
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:00am

Join the AmeriCorps members on the trails for a day of hiking and geocaching. We have partnered with a student of the University of Northern Iowa to help complete his project that includes taking 360o photos of the hiking trails Iowa has to offer. Kids will be given the equipment to take photos of the trails while learning GPS, compass, and orienteering skills! This program is recommended for children 10 and up. Please bring a sack lunch, bug spray/sunscreen, and a water bottle. We ask that all participants register by July 22nd, please call to pre-register (563)328-3286.


Flyer with program information
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join AmeriCorps environmental educator Faith Henrichs and Naturalist Becky Baugh for our Crafting for Conservation series. During this series we will be making arts and crafts out of either natural or recyclable items. During this session, we will be making garden stones out of natural materials and wall art out of recycled paper towel and toilet paper tubes. Please bring a shallow plastic or tin container (i.e. a take-out container or pie tin) for the garden stones. This program is family fun for all ages. Registration is required. Please call (563)328-3286 to register for this program.


Flyer with program information
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am

This time we will focus on the prairie. We will learn about some of our local wildflowers as we hike through part of our prairie. Then we will take the inspiration back to our canvases! The painting process will be guided by our naturalist.  Lemonade will be provided to help cool off. The program is family friendly! Please wear paint clothes as there may be some finger-painting involved. $5/canvas. Limited # of canvases—please call to register. (563)328-3286.



photo of golf course
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Teams consist of four players, 2 men and 2 women. 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 $55.00 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, and prizes!  Click the link below to see more opportunities to participate in special events!

Flyer with program information
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join the Wapsi River staff for an adventure with canoes and kayaks. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and taking a tour of Pride Lake. You may bring your own vessel/PFD, though it must comply with IADNR regulations. Reminder- this program is determined by weather and site conditions, weight capacity loads for kayaks are 250-300 lbs./solo and 425-475 lbs./tandem. Dress appropriately and bring water.

You must call to register for a seat 563-328-3286

Overhead Map of the projected project.
  • Scott County Conservation Board & Iowa DNR are renovating the West Lake Complex to improve water quality and recreational opportunities
  • Watershed protection from March to November 2019 involves 5 ponds and one bio-swale
  • Liberalized Fishing Regulations 1 April – 15 July 2019
  • Water drawdown starts July 2019
  • Major construction in late 2019 involves dredging, shoreline stabilization, constructing 4 ponds, and fish habitat
  • Game fish will be restocked

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation...

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.

News & Notices

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