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Leadership Transition at Whiterock Conservancy

By |August 5th, 2016|

Conrad Kramer will be stepping down from his leadership role as executive director of Whiterock Conservancy this fall for a move back to California.

Kramer said, “My wife has followed me and my career for a long time, now it is my turn to follow her and her bright career opportunities with the State of California.”

During […]

Lend a Hand to the Land

By |July 20th, 2016|

Join five of Iowa’s Land Trusts for our third annual partnership volunteer event – this time at Whiterock Conservancy to restore a prairie area above Red Rock Bluff on Saturday, August 13.

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., help remove invasive bush honeysuckle that competes with native species in this habitat overlooking the magnificent Middle Raccoon […]

Cover Crops – Demonstrating Financial Viability

By |July 18th, 2016|

Across Iowa, farming and water quality are the current hot topic. As a consumer you have a vested health interest in ensuring the water you drink is safe and that lakes and rivers are safe for public recreation. Farmers, with vast

reaches of land in Iowa, have an important role to play as changes are made […]

Archaeology Find

By |July 15th, 2016|

When Whiterock Conservancy invited Joe Artz, an archaeologist with EarthView Environmental, to investigate a possible archaeological site he was a bit nervous about what he would, or more specifically wouldn’t, find. A small group of staff and volunteers had been assembled to do an excavation, and he didn’t want to disappoint them.

The site had been […]

Slow Sunday Drive RESCHEDULED for June 19

By |May 17th, 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 […]

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 […]