Come out for some winter fun. The Town Loop trail will be groomed on Thursday afternoon for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. You can access the trail from the lower parking lot at the visitor's center or from the Garst Historic Farmhouse area. All other trails are open, but not groomed.

Welcome to Whiterock Conservancy

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Whiterock Conservancy is a 5,500 acre non-profit land trust that balances sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection and public recreation on the landscape. Located near Coon Rapids, Iowa along seven miles of the Middle Raccoon River valley, we are open to the public every day for recreation and exploration.

Follow the links to learn more about us and meet our staff! If there is anything we can do for you please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to having you visit soon!

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Bison calf gets a name, faces serious concerns

By five days old, the bison calf had a name – Achelous after the mythical Greek bull that Hercules fought in one of his seven labors. But just because he is named, does not mean […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]