It’s a Party – a Star Party! September 2

You are invited to join the Star Party at 7:30 on September 2! After a short astronomy talk, the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers welcome everyone to take a look through their various telescopes at all the dark Iowa skies have to offer. If the weather is clear, visitors will have the chance to see numerous […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guided Pollinator Nature Walk -Rescheduled Sept 10

Join Elizabeth Owens for this guided pollinator nature walk on Saturday, September 10, to explore the pollinators at Whiterock and where they live. No matter what’s in bloom, the butterflies, bees and other pollinators are a part of the complex ecosystems that keep the prairies and savannas alive at Whiterock. We will meet at the […]

By |August 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Slow Sunday Drive at Sunset on August 21

Spend an evening 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 lit by the setting sun.  Whiterock […]

By |August 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leadership Transition at Whiterock Conservancy

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 […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lend a Hand to the Land

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

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 […]

By |July 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Archaeology Find

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 […]

By |July 15th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

Slow Sunday Drive RESCHEDULED for June 19

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

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 […]

The goats are here!

The goats have arrived! Check out the back country along the Main Loop Trail to sneak a peak at our newest savanna restoration team members. Goats will be moved between several paddocks over the course of the summer to browse bush honeysuckle and multiflora rose that have invaded an oak savanna restoration project area. Repeated […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Agriculture, Conservation|0 Comments