Rotational and Flex Grazing field day planned for September 14

By |September 8th, 2017|

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Whiterock Conservancy, will host a rotational and flex grazing field day on Thursday, September 14th. The 4:00-6:00 p.m. field day will begin at the Oak Ridge Campground, rural Coon Rapids. The field day is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary meal.

Speakers at the field […]

Welcome AmeriCorps NCCC Team

By |June 11th, 2017|

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to have an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian  Community Corps) team is serving with us from May 23 through June 29.The team is performing native land restoration and infrastructure improvements.

The NCCC team of eight from the North Central Region campus of Vinton, Iowa is assisting Whiterock Conservancy by conducting GPS scouting to […]

Songs of the Prairie

By |May 15th, 2017|

The chirping melody of grassland birds across prairies and pastures tells me that spring is here. Hearing these small voices throughout the grasslands is refreshing as these birds would not greet me without prairie remnants and pasture offering zones of refuge. For me, these songs were absent while growing up. Even though my neighbors had […]

Growing a Prairie in the Shadow of an Agribusiness Legacy

By |April 4th, 2017|

The Garst and Wallace families played pivotal roles in developing farm innovations in the 20th Century and now work to put a lighter, 21st century stamp on the landscape. Read the story or listen to it at Iowa Public Radio.

 

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-prairie-shadow-agribusiness-legacy

Flashes of color in a sea of brown

By |March 16th, 2017|

Spring was just around the corner this past Friday and then the storm clouds blew in and sent everyone searching for a roost. Staying home would have been warmer but the chance to scope out waterfowl heading through the region was too good an opportunity. Cool temperatures and a brisk wind made for perfect weather […]

An Interview with Dan Gudahl

By |March 2nd, 2017|

The Coon Rapids Enterprise published a good article on our new Executive Director, his background and what’s ahead. Follow the link to learn more about Dan Gudahl.

 

‘Great’ Fall Weather threat to our prairies and woodlands

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Another fall has come and gone as we now experience the intermittent polar vortex mid-January. We all check the weather regularly to see how many layers we need to put on to stay warm before venturing outside. But only two months ago we were still enjoying what to us what was great fall weather while […]

Cover Crop Meeting and Seminar

By |January 18th, 2017|

Learn more about cover crop selection, spring agronomy, cover crop pest management and more at a real world cover crop meeting on February 2. The meeting, to be held at Whiterock Conservancy, 1436 Highway 141, Coon Rapids, from 9AM-1PM includes three in person speakers, a webinar and a free lunch with the opportunity to ask […]

Two Volunteer Opportunities September 17-18

By |September 12th, 2016|

You have two great options to help Whiterock meet our mission this weekend. First, on Saturday we are looking for help in harvesting prairie seeds for use in later plantings. On Sunday we are looking for help in rerouting a small section of mountain bike trail to control erosion and make it more ride-able.

For both […]

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 […]