Wapsi River Environmental Education Center
31555 52nd Ave.
Dixon, IA 52745
Nature Center: Nature Education, Walk
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. Menke Observatory is located at the Center. The Observatory is host to many public star gazing events each year including the Eastern Iowa Star Party and is available for educational programs and will be open to the public on special occasions. The observatory houses three telescopes and a classroom. St. Ambrose University conducts astronomy classes at the facility.