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Family Fun Fishing Derby

By |May 17th, 2016|

Enjoy an old fashioned fishing derby on Monday, May 30!

Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of fishing fun at the Second Annual Memorial Day Fishing Derby at the Garst Home Farm, 1390 Highway 141, Coon Rapids. Bring a fishing pole to try your hand at catching bluegill, bass, catfish, crappie and walleye. Each […]

Registration for BioBlitz on May 14 is Open

By |April 29th, 2016|

The BioBlitz is designed to bring natural science experts and the public together to explore this landscape and identify the diversity of species found in it. We’ll have sessions to explore literally “from the bottom up.”

The day will begin at 7 am with a session on birds.  You can register for 4 Bio-blitz session times […]

Purchase Multi-pack of Trail Passes

By |March 25th, 2016|

You can now purchase a book of 11 trail passes for use of either the mountain biking or equestrian trails for the price of 10. These passes are good for the 2016 year and can be shared with a friend. Purchase online today and we will mail you your set of passes. Passes will also […]

Welcome AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers

By |March 11th, 2016|

We are so excited to welcome the Oak 4 NCCC team!

(First Row) Chelsea, Schyler, Dameric, Alex, India
(Second Row) Derek, Nico, Fabian, Chelsea, Eric, Holly

They will be working at Whiterock for the next six weeks on controlled burns, invasive species removal and other conservation efforts.

They are part of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, a year […]

Cover Crop Field Day

By |March 10th, 2016|

Join us to discuss cover crops with a spring agronomy perspective. See firsthand potential spring biomass and then how to best use that biomass to benefit your farming operation. The soil health benefits of cover crops are clear, but learn more about how to make cover crops cash-flow in your operation while working to stabilize […]

New Community Maps

By |February 18th, 2016|

Coon Rapids and the communities around Whiterock Conservancy have many great places to visit, learn, eat and shop. Partners Coon Rapids Development Group, Carroll and Guthrie Conservation Boards and Whiterock Conservancy have received grants from Timmerman and Carroll County Community Foundations to erect signage in and around Coon Rapids to help visitors find their way. […]

Life in the Raccoon River: Prairie Ecology and Farming Conference

By |February 16th, 2016|

The Raccoon River Watershed Association is hosting a conference March 5 at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, IA. It is free and anyone who is interested in learning more about the watershed is invited to attend. Whiterock Conservancy lies in the Raccoon River watershed and many of the topics relate to our work. You can […]

Bison calf gets a name, faces serious concerns

By |December 23rd, 2015|

By five days old, the bison calf had a name – Achelous after the mythical Greek bull that Hercules fought in one of his seven labors. But just because he is named, does not mean he is any easier to care for. If you watched the videos from last week, you can see that for […]

STRIPS seeding

By |December 22nd, 2015|

After much planning and good weather, we were able to plant our prairie strips this week.

Whiterock Conservancy is thrilled to be an active participant in Iowa State University’s the Science Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) project as an in-depth research site. Iowa State University continues to be innovative and has pioneered […]

A motherless baby bison

By |December 17th, 2015|

This Baby Bison’s story began in late July with his late season birth. Unfortunately, his mother had complications and she had to be put down two days after giving birth. He had never met the herd – typical for bison, he had been kept by his mother in a corner of the pasture – but […]