Disc Golf Course Now Open

By |October 10th, 2017|

The Orion 9 Disc Golf Course is now open at Whiterock Conservancy’s Star Field. Thanks to Ben Gradoville and friends for providing baskets and designing the course.

The course starts at the north-west corner of the parking area at Star Field, 1523 140th Street, Coon Rapids, IA.  Play the course for fun or keep score (scorecards […]

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 […]

Archeology Road Show February 25

By |February 9th, 2017|

Have an interesting archeological find you want to learn more about? Then join us on February 25th at Whiterock Conservancy and learn from the experts how old your artifact is, where it came from, how it functioned, and what the people that used it were like. Experts Joe Artz and Charie Haury-Artz  will be reviewing […]

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 […]

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

By |August 24th, 2016|

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]