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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 […]

Raccoon River Days May 26-29

By |April 17th, 2017|

Connect with your river this Memorial Day Weekend at the Raccoon River Days at Whiterock Conservancy sponsored by Des Moines Water Works. Water is the great equalizer that crosses all imposed boundaries. Rivers connect communities and also protect many of the remaining wildlife corridors throughout the state of Iowa.

The four day festival kicks off on […]

Growing a Prairie in the Shadow of an Agribusiness Legacy

By |April 4th, 2017|

The Garst and Wallace families played pivotal roles in developing farm innovations in the 20th Century and now work to put a lighter, 21st century stamp on the landscape. Read the story or listen to it at Iowa Public Radio.

 

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-prairie-shadow-agribusiness-legacy

Flashes of color in a sea of brown

By |March 16th, 2017|

Spring was just around the corner this past Friday and then the storm clouds blew in and sent everyone searching for a roost. Staying home would have been warmer but the chance to scope out waterfowl heading through the region was too good an opportunity. Cool temperatures and a brisk wind made for perfect weather […]

An Interview with Dan Gudahl

By |March 2nd, 2017|

The Coon Rapids Enterprise published a good article on our new Executive Director, his background and what’s ahead. Follow the link to learn more about Dan Gudahl.