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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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Monday, January 20, 2020

Scott County offices will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am

REGISTRATION IS FULL

Come learn about the many wild edibles in your own neck of the woods. We will focus on identifying plants, foraging basics, and preparing wild edibles. We will take a hike outdoors to identify and harvest some of the winter wild edibles available during this time. At the end of the program, you will get to sample some wild flavors! Registration is required, please call to register.

Two people testing a water sample and recording the result.
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Partners of Scott County Watersheds will be hosting an in-depth Snapshot training on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00am-12:00pm 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 [ Click Title for Full Article ]

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled day of family friendly indoor & outdoor winter activities.  Including snowshoeing, bird hike, winter bird feeding, & crafting activites.  Event is FREE however a limited number of snowshoes are available,  Please call to register your family 563-328-3286.

~Outdoor Activities~

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Snowshoeing Tour
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Bird Hike

~Indoor Activites~

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Winter Bird Feeding
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Chili Cook off - LUNCH
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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.