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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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

The Scott County Conservation Board meets monthly at the West Lake Park Headquarters office. Find agendas and minutes when available.

Flyer advertising event.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Join Naturalist Michael J. Granger for a lesson on wreath making. Participants will be able to fashion a wreath out of grapevine and then decorate it with natural items. Visitors may bring evergreen tree trimmings, seeds, nuts or other natural items to make their wreath a "one of a kind". Please call to pre-register.

Two people testing a water sample and recording the result.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be hosting an in-depth Snapshot training on Thursday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Davenport Public Works building (1200 E 46th St., 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...

Holiday lights and ornaments on a tree.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 to Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Scott County offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th, 2019.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Scott County offices will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Have a safe New Years.

Scott County is accepting online applications for the following position: 

Conservation Department (Full-time) $22.77 to $31.39 per hour plus benefits.

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 4:30pm Central Time. New (27 days remain)

News & Notices

Glynns Creek Golf Course is officially closed for the season. However, the pro shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am to 4pm, until December 21st. It’s the perfect opportunity to get gifts/gift certificates for the golfers in your life. We want to thank everyone who came out to the course...
Posted: November 26, 2019
Scott County has recently installed seven wheelchair charging stations in various locations to make its facilities even more accessible for visitors in battery-powered wheelchairs or scooters. The charging stations have been installed at the Scott County Courthouse, Scott County Administrative...
Posted: October 11, 2019