2018 Trail Passes are here!

By |December 8th, 2017|

Your asked… and now we have year long trail passes for hikers, bikers and equestrians. Right now you can purchase passes online for yourself or as a gift and we will mail the pass to you. Later you will be able to purchase passes in person at multiple locations.

Year passes are good for all of […]

Controlled Burn

By |November 28th, 2017|

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a 500 acre burn at Whiterock Conservancy. Burning the prairie and savanna are the best way to control invasive species, encourage native plant growth, reduce overgrowth and in short maintain a healthy ecosystem. For trail users, it also means less thorny branches scraping your arms and legs.

This is your […]

Giving Tuesday – and every day!

By |November 27th, 2017|

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 5, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

This Giving Tuesday,  your donation to Whiterock Conservancy will protect and restore some of Iowa’s most beautiful landscapes; open […]

Accepting Bids – Moving Forward with Repairs to Garst Farmhouse

By |October 30th, 2017|

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to be moving forward with repairs to the exterior of the Historic Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmhouse. The next step in this process is to ask for bids from interested contractors.

The Garst farmhouse is arguably the most important feature of the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Farmstead Historic District, and the heart […]

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 […]

Winterization of Campgrounds and Hunting Closure

By |October 3rd, 2017|

As you plan your next visits, a few notes about the facilities.

Bow hunting season is open until mid-January. Portions of Whiterock are leased to bow hunters and while most users will never cross paths with hunters, trail users are encouraged to wear orange.

Around October 16 – The solar showers at the River Campground and 805 […]

Interns and long term volunteers – Apply Now

By |August 18th, 2017|

Whiterock is accepting applications for interns and long term volunteers for the fall of 2017 and all of 2018!

Come for a month, a summer or a whole year. While at Whiterock, interns have the opportunity to build their resumes, learn about Iowa’s natural environment and be part of a successful non-profit team. Housing and a […]

Raccoon River Days May 26-29

By |April 17th, 2017|

Connect with your river this Memorial Day Weekend at the Raccoon River Days at Whiterock Conservancy sponsored by Des Moines Water Works. Water is the great equalizer that crosses all imposed boundaries. Rivers connect communities and also protect many of the remaining wildlife corridors throughout the state of Iowa.

The four day festival kicks off on […]

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.

 

Iowa Farmer Today visits Garst Farmhouse

By |February 28th, 2017|

Iowa Farmer Today visited Whiterock Conservancy to feature the Roswell and Elizabeth Garst Homestead Historic District in  a series about farms throughout the Midwest known for famous residents, innovations, renowned products and historic events. Read the whole article, entitled “Garst legacy included Soviet visit, seed sales innovations” today.