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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.

 

Iowa Farmer Today visits Garst Farmhouse

By |February 28th, 2017|

Iowa Farmer Today visited Whiterock Conservancy to feature the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Homestead Historic District in  a series about farms throughout the Midwest known for famous residents, innovations, renowned products and historic events. Read the whole article, entitled “Garst legacy included Soviet visit, seed sales innovations” today.

Interns find education and experience at Whiterock

By |February 7th, 2017|

Each year, Whiterock Conservancy hosts a number of interns with backgrounds ranging from biology to business. As a staff we believe in helping future generations become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our most recent intern, Jasmin, who worked over her January term reflects on here time at Whiterock:

“I would like to thank the entire staff at Whiterock […]

‘Great’ Fall Weather threat to our prairies and woodlands

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Another fall has come and gone as we now experience the intermittent polar vortex mid-January. We all check the weather regularly to see how many layers we need to put on to stay warm before venturing outside. But only two months ago we were still enjoying what to us what was great fall weather while […]

Open House

By |November 30th, 2016|

Come see the historic Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farm House, Whiterock Conservancy’s Bed and Breakfast, decorated for Christmas. Meet friends, learn about the house, its historic contents and enjoy refreshments.

Sunday, December 4 from 2- 5 p.m.

1390 Highway 141, Coon Rapids

 

Winterization of Campgrounds and Hunting Closure

By |October 14th, 2016|

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

Oct. 17 The solar showers at the River Campground and 805 cabin will be shut down for the winter.

Oct. 24 The shower houses at the Star Field and Oak Ridge Campgrounds will be closed for winter. The water hydrants will remain open throughout the […]

Slow Sunday Drive October 2

By |September 27th, 2016|

Spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful Whiterock Conservancy landscape with your friends and family! Bring your utility vehicle or ATV for for a nearly 13 mile tour in the forest, pastures and prairies of Whiterock Conservancy. You will be treated to breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding land.  Whiterock is usually closed to private […]