Pups on Parade

On Saturday, June 8, Whiterock Conservancy held its first ever Dog Pawty. Featuring a photo booth, talent show and prizes, there was something for every pup to enjoy at this event. Margaux didn't like to swim, but couldn't shake a stick at the toys she found in Raccoon River The Dog Pawty was [...]

By |2019-06-12T14:30:52-05:00June 12th, 2019|Events|0 Comments

Weather Damage

Whiterock has experienced strong winds today along with rain.  We have some trees down in the Oakridge and River campgrounds.  We will work to clean these up as soon as possible and also check the trails for downed trees which are likely.  If you are interested in helping with purchasing replacement 3 year old Bur [...]

By |2019-05-21T21:28:45-05:00May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reflections on the challenges of economic growth and environmental sustainability

Estelle Usunier (NCCC) and Penny Perkins (Whiterock Conservancy) plant swamp white oaks to diversify ash forest. One of my favorite childhood books was published in 1971. It captures the challenges of economic growth and environmental sustainability. Forty-eight years later, here I sit asking myself "have we as a society made progress"? The book [...]

By |2019-06-04T20:58:16-05:00March 28th, 2019|Conservation, volunteer|0 Comments

Summer Seasonal Aid Position

Whiterock is hiring for Summer! May 15-August 15 (Flexible start and end dates) Seasonal duties: Ecological restoration, mowing, weed eating, handling canoes/ kayaks, trail maintenance, handling natural resource aid goats, working with small groups, seed collecting, and various other duties. Housing may be available- $12/ hour. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to: [...]

By |2019-03-05T22:38:58-05:00March 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Give Green – Holiday Gift Catalog

The holidays, or anytime, really is the perfect opportunity to show how much you care by giving a gift that brings people together and creates memories. GIVE AN EXPERIENCE Gift Certificates can be purchased for specific activities or for a specific dollar amount by contacting the friendly guest services staff at 712-790-8221 or guestinfo@whiterockconservancy.org. Click [...]

By |2018-11-26T16:39:24-05:00November 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

National Service Enterprise Certification

Whiterock Conservancy was recently certified as Service Enterprise organization! A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. Less than 15% of organizations nationwide are characterized as Service Enterprises.   “Because of our large land base, Whiterock Conservancy constantly has opportunities to creatively [...]

By |2018-11-20T17:07:23-05:00November 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet Penny Perkins – Conservation Lands Director

I’m excited to be a part of the Whiterock Conservancy where native ecological systems, family friendly outdoor recreation, and sustainable agriculture merge with a team of enthusiastic people. My passion for ecological rehabilitation and restoration began in 1993. I was a volunteer with the Illinois Nature Conservancy rehabilitating native tall-grass prairies, hill prairies, oak-hickory savannas, [...]

By |2018-11-20T16:43:56-05:00November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bees and Burns

This summer at Whiterock Conservancy I have been conducting a study on bee populations to assess effects of the timing of prescribed burns on the bee community. Bees are important pollinators for many flowering species in the prairies and savannas of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. This study will give us a greater understanding on [...]

By |2019-06-04T20:58:16-05:00August 13th, 2018|Conservation|0 Comments