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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 […]

Be a part of caring for this land and opening it to visitors

By |December 17th, 2015|

Whiterock Conservancy relies on donations from individuals to continue to operate each year. It is only with your donations that we can restore prairie and control invasive species in our savanna, keep fallen trees off of trails, preserve historic resources and so much more. We receive no operating tax support but are now the third […]

Gift of Land

By |December 1st, 2015|

Upon her death, Mary Garst of Coon Rapids, gave the people of Iowa a tremendous gift of protected land that will benefit generations. A total of 1,200 acres of natural, farming and recreational lands, valued at $7 million, were donated to Whiterock to steward on behalf of all Iowans.

This bequest, the most recent Garst family […]

Did you know Whiterock Conservancy has Gift Certificates?

By |December 1st, 2015|

This holiday season, or anytime, give the gift of romance, adventure, family time or relaxation with a thoughtful gift certificate customized for your needs. You can purchase certificates for a stay in one of our fun and unique accommodations, a canoe float, Gator rental, history or ag talk and so much more. Call guest services […]

Rotational Systems and summer harvest

By |October 1st, 2015|

As harvest starts for many of Iowa’s fields, we have already completed one. Summer heat helps bring in the rye harvest. Tucked away in the heart of Whiterock Conservancy we grow Wheeler rye for our own cover crop program. Producing our own rye cuts down on our cover crop costs and adds another crop into […]

Prairie Week in Iowa!

By |September 15th, 2015|

Iowa Prairie Heritage Week gives Iowans a chance to celebrate the roots of our state from September 13-19. Once dominated by prairie and savanna, Iowa has very few remnant prairies and nearly no savanna left. The few remnants and reconstructed prairie scattered around the state gives us a chance to see this beautiful ecosystem. On […]