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 [...]
A savanna landscape is a mix of trees, native grasses and flowering plants where more than 70% of sunshine reaches the grassy layer. To keep the canopy open enough for these ground plants and young oaks to grow takes both burning and browsing—with a little grazing too. Herbivores historically roamed Iowa freely and used rivers [...]
Visitors to Whiterock now have a new option when deciding where to spend the night. Betts Farmhouse provides old fashioned farmhouse charm with a beautiful view of the countryside and a big yard for group activities or to pitch a tent for extra guests. The Farmhouse lets guests be “on the farm” and close to [...]
Looking for something to do this weekend? Float the Middle Raccoon River! Did you know Whiterock Conservancy has canoes and kayaks for rent? We provide everything you need, except refreshments, to enjoy the river. We even drive you into Coon Rapids to start your 3-4 hour float. This scenic float trip with breathtaking views of [...]
Registration is now open for BioBlitz 2018. This is your chance to spend time in the field with experts learning more about the species that inhabit Whiterock's land and helping to catalog those living things for future study. It's what we call a win/win situation. Register for the entire event ($30), including 6 BioBlitz sessions, [...]
With RAGBRAI visiting Coon Rapids in 2018, Whiterock Conservancy is celebrating by creating a Custom Jersey inspired by Conservancy’s 5,500 acre example of how land stewardship, farming, recreation and generous donors have created a unique public playground. Oak savanna, rolling pastures, native prairie, sandstone bluffs, fishing ponds, 30+ miles of hiking/mountain bike trail, excellent stargazing [...]
Independently, four retired couples steered their RVs to Coon Rapids last week for a three-week adventure of painting and building. They are part of a mission outreach ministry, specific to people wishing to be involved in Christian services... and recreational vehicles! Read the whole story in the Coon Rapids Enterprise.
Spring and fall are when the smell of smoke may tickle your nose around Whiterock Conservancy. Many of us are familiar with burning parts of our garden annually which involves standing watch over the fire with a rake or a shovel for a short while. Prescribed burns for the natural lands of Iowa have some [...]