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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.

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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
wapsicenter@scottcountyiowa.com

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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Features

Flyer advertising event.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join Wapsi naturalist, Becky Horton, and learn about a global Citizen Science Project called the Great Backyard Bird Count. This annual event is hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and occurs from February 16th – 19th, 2018. During this program, you will learn about this research project and how you can conduct your own backyard bird count at home on February 18th and 19th. You will also make take home bird feeders to attract birds to your own backyard. Bird watchers of all ages can participate in this project to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are located. Please call in advance to register.

Flyer advertising the event.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Thank you for your interest in our program, registration is now FULL.

Come join a Wapsi River Center Naturalist to discuss the history of syruping, tree identification, and then make maple candy!  Fun for the whole family.  Please call to pre-register.

RiverAction Logo.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

The speaker for the February 27th Forum is Laura Morris.

Laura has been the Natural Resources and Education Program Manager for River Action since May of 2016. She is an alumna of Augustana College, where she studied environmental science and geography, and completed research on environmental education in elementary schools. She will be presenting on current River Action projects in Scott County, and the holistic approach the organization takes to address the riverfronts and watersheds in which we live, work, and play.

Partners of Scott County Watersheds forum will be held Tuesday, February 27 at 12pm at the Eastern Avenue Library, 6000 Eastern Ave,...

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.

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.46 to $12.71 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $11.75 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $8.50 to $10.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal)

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $10.75 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $10.75 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $10.75 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $10.00 to $10.25 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $7.50 to $10.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $8.00 to $11.00 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $12.00 to $16.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $18.00 to $18.25 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Seasonal) $9.00 to $11.50 per hour

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:30pm Central Time.
This is the Emerald Ash Borer.

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

And.. Here are the winners: 3 Students from Walcott Intermediate, Nasaih Kolwey, Nasir Kolwey, Eli Benson
Posted: February 5, 2018
Join naturalist Michael J. Granger for a chance to hunt with an atlatl, a primitive hunting weapon originally used to hunt mastodon and bison. Large target pumpkins and real pumpkins will be set out as targets. Fun for the whole family and outdoor enthusiasts alike!!! Please call to pre-register.
Posted: October 8, 2017
Plan to be at West Lake Park, Lake of the Hills, Gate 1 at 10:30am. 2,000 rainbow trout will be released with 200 tagged giving you a chance to win a great prize*! There will also be raffle prizes where any person at the event has a chance of winning a prize. Several sponsors will be available...
Posted: October 6, 2017