STRIPS seeding

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 […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A motherless baby bison

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 […]

By |December 17th, 2015|Bison, Videos|1 Comment

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

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 […]

By |December 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gift of Land

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 […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did you know Whiterock Conservancy has Gift Certificates?

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 […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rotational Systems and summer harvest

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 […]

By |October 1st, 2015|Agriculture|0 Comments

Prairie Week in Iowa!

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 […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Conservation|0 Comments

A Slow Sunday Drive at Whiterock

Bring your John Deere Gator (or other similar utility vehicle) and enjoy a slow Sunday drive encircling all of Whiterock’s nearly 20 miles of double track backcountry trail. This first Slow Sunday Drive at Whiterock will be on September 27, from 2-5 pm. Whiterock is usually closed to private motorized vehicles, but for this event […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Events|1 Comment

House Concert at the Barn

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the River House Dance Barn with the soulful and intoxicating sounds of Danika and Jeb. Danika and Jeb will perform their mix of acoustic pop and blues on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 pm at the River House Barn.

The event is part of the Raccoon River House Concerts and you […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Events|0 Comments

Calling Trail Volunteers

Help maintain and improve Whiterock’s trails with a work day on Saturday, September 26 from 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers will be helping to repair and improve the most challenging slopes of the Big Dipper and Long Creek Trails. No trail maintenance experience is necessary. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 on Saturday morning at […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments