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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.

[ 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
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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Features

Rescheduled
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:00pm

The Scott County Conservation Board meets monthly at the West Lake Park Headquarters office, 14910 110th Ave, Davenport, Iowa 52804. Find agendas and minutes when available.

flyer stating workshop details
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join Assistant Naturalist Paige as she leads her first workshop in the Crafting for Conservation series.  This series focuses on recycling old things and re-purposing natural elements into new things!  In this workshop you will get the chance to meet a real owl and then Paige will show you how to make an owl ornament from a pine cone.  If owls aren't your thing, choose from other natural pine cone-themed crafts and ornaments! This event is family-friendly.  Please call to register in advance Supplies are limited -- first come, first serve.  563-328-3286

photo of people dress in old time attire sitting by a fire
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Bring the whole family for a celebration at Pioneer Village.  See Santa and enjoy cookies and hot drinks for sale in the Soda Shop. Play some great pioneer crafts and games, while listening to music in the church. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018 to Friday, November 23, 2018

Scott County, City and State offices will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 in observation of Thanksgiving. Additionally, the General Store is closed Saturday.

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

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 1, 2018
The Scott County Conservation Board has approved a special deer hunt for archery hunters only from October 13, 2018 through January 10, 2019 at Scott County Park. This hunt is only for residents of Iowa. Applications are now available and need to be returned no later than Tuesday, July 31st by 4:...
Posted: June 29, 2018
NEWS RELEASE - JUNE 14, 2018 The Scott County Conservation Board (SCCB) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in coordination with FYRA Engineering, will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 5 p.m. at the Blue Grass Public Safety Building (606 Mayne Street in Bluegrass, IA...
Posted: June 15, 2018