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2018 Trail Passes are here!

By |December 8th, 2017|

Your asked… and now we have year long trail passes for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Right now you can purchase passes online for yourself or as a gift and we will mail the pass to you. Later you will be able to purchase passes in person at multiple locations.

Year passes are good for all of […]

Controlled Burn

By |November 28th, 2017|

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a 500 acre burn at Whiterock Conservancy. Burning the prairie and savanna are the best way to control invasive species, encourage native plant growth, reduce overgrowth and in short maintain a healthy ecosystem. For trail users, it also means less thorny branches scraping your arms and legs.

This is your […]

Giving Tuesday – and every day!

By |November 27th, 2017|

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 5, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

This Giving Tuesday,  your donation to Whiterock Conservancy will protect and restore some of Iowa’s most beautiful landscapes; open […]

Accepting Bids – Moving Forward with Repairs to Garst Farmhouse

By |October 30th, 2017|

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to be moving forward with repairs to the exterior of the Historic Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmhouse. The next step in this process is to ask for bids from interested contractors.

The Garst farmhouse is arguably the most important feature of the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead Historic District, and the heart […]

Disc Golf Course Now Open

By |October 10th, 2017|

The Orion 9 Disc Golf Course is now open at Whiterock Conservancy’s Star Field. Thanks to Ben Gradoville and friends for providing baskets and designing the course.

The course starts at the north-west corner of the parking area at Star Field, 1523 140th Street, Coon Rapids, IA.  Play the course for fun or keep score (scorecards […]

Winterization of Campgrounds and Hunting Closure

By |October 3rd, 2017|

As you plan your next visits, a few notes about the facilities.

Bow hunting season is open until mid-January. Portions of Whiterock are leased to bow hunters and while most users will never cross paths with hunters, trail users are encouraged to wear orange.

Around October 16 – The solar showers at the River Campground and 805 […]

Rotational and Flex Grazing field day planned for September 14

By |September 8th, 2017|

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Whiterock Conservancy, will host a rotational and flex grazing field day on Thursday, September 14th. The 4:00-6:00 p.m. field day will begin at the Oak Ridge Campground, rural Coon Rapids. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Speakers at the field […]

Interns and long term volunteers – Apply Now

By |August 18th, 2017|

Whiterock is accepting applications for interns and long term volunteers for the fall of 2017 and all of 2018!

Come for a month, a summer or a whole year. While at Whiterock, interns have the opportunity to build their resumes, learn about Iowa’s natural environment and be part of a successful non-profit team. Housing and a […]

Welcome AmeriCorps NCCC Team

By |June 11th, 2017|

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to have an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian  Community Corps) team is serving with us from May 23 through June 29.The team is performing native land restoration and infrastructure improvements.

The NCCC team of eight from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is assisting Whiterock Conservancy by conducting GPS scouting to […]

Songs of the Prairie

By |May 15th, 2017|

The chirping melody of grassland birds across prairies and pastures tells me that spring is here. Hearing these small voices throughout the grasslands is refreshing as these birds would not greet me without prairie remnants and pasture offering zones of refuge. For me, these songs were absent while growing up. Even though my neighbors had […]