We are an Iowa non-profit, 501(c)(3), land trust dedicated to conserving and protecting Iowa's natural resources and engaging the public with the environment through outdoor recreation and education.
2014 BIOBLITZ JUNE 20-21
Whiterock supports a diverse array of plants and animals native to Iowa as the "last outpost" of significant forested habitat along the Middle Raccoon River until you reach the Missouri River. But Whiterock is not just an isolated natural area but is unique because it is part of a working landscape with crop agriculture, grazing, and active management of the natural system. The BioBlitz is designed to bring natural science experts and the public together to explore this landscape and identify the diversity of species found in it. We'll have sessions to explore literally "from the bottom up".
Register today to attend Whiterock Conservancy's 2014 BioBlitz
$25 All Inclusive registration includes 7 Blitz sessions, free camping on Friday and Saturday night and, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday.
$15 Morning registration includes 5 Blitz sessions (Friday night until 3:30 pm Saturday), free camping on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
$15 Evening registration includes 3 Blitz sessions (beginning at noon Saturday), free camping on Saturday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Under beautiful clear skies Whtierock held the groundbreaking celebration to mark the ceremonial beginning of construction of the non-profit Whiterock Conservancy’s new state-of-the-art Backcountry Trail system on Earth Day.
The 35 mile trail will wind through Whiterock’s seven-square miles of oak savanna and prairie restoration areas, forests, pastures and sustainably farmed land in the Middle Raccoon River Valley near Coon Rapids, Iowa, sixty miles upstream from Des Moines. Including the trails already at Whiterock, walkers and runners will have 40 miles of trails to use. Of those, sixteen miles are designed specifically for mountain bikers, 7 miles are designed for equestrians and 12 miles are for use by all users including low powered vehicles for the mobility impaired to reach far into the landscape.
To read the whole story, visit the Trails page. To stay up to date on trail construction, please join our e-mail list
or friend Whiterock Conservancy on Facebook.
Your Iowa Vacation Starts Here
Spring is here, now is a great time to schedule a
weekend, a whole week, or simply an afternoon trip to Whiterock Conservancy.
We offer a variety of lodging options great for gathering with family, a
couples get away or just some quiet time for yourself.
Spend a night in the comfortable, individual rooms in the historic Garst
Farmhouse, the home of Roswell and Elizabeth Garst. Or choose to rent one of
our country cottages with comfortable beds and full kitchens. We also have
campground options, ranging from remote, primitive areas to RV and
Reservations for overnight accommodations can also be made online.
Construction Season has Begun: Detours
This summer, two bridges along Highway 141 will be closed. One is located just West of Bayard. The other is over the Middle Raccoon River between the Garst Farmhouse and the Visitor Center. Detours are marked, however you can also check out an interactive map to plan your route.
Whiterock Conservancy Map
Here is a map so you can visualize our lands and how to find your way when visiting us. We also post maps at several trail heads.
Please help Whiterock Conservancy by providing a tax deductible donation. We are a non-profit land trust and rely on contributions like yours to continue the mission. THANK YOU!
Sign up to learn more about volunteer opportunities. We have land steward programs, prairie burns, photography opportunities, mowing, landscaping, soft trail construction, gardening, fencing, building repairs, catalog and tag photos in our photo archive, and more. If you or someone you know may be interested please let us know how you want to help Whiterock Conservancy.
Driving Directions to Whiterock Conservancy Headquarters
Arriving from Des Moines: Whiterock is about 70 miles from Des Moines; trip takes about 1 1/4 hours. From I-35/I-80 on the NW corner of Des Moines, exit onto Hwy 141 towards Perry. Drive through Perry, Bagley, and Bayard on Hwy 141. Whiterock Conservancy is 6 miles west of Bayard on Hwy 141.
Arriving from Omaha: Whiterock is about 100 miles from Omaha; trip takes about 2 hours. Take I-80 east to Hwy 71 Atlantic/Audubon exit. Go north on Hwy 71, through Audubon, to Hwy 141. Turn east (right) and drive through Dedham and Coon Rapids. Whiterock is located 1/2 mile east of the convenience store in Coon Rapids on the south side of Hwy 141.
Arriving from Ames: Whiterock is about 65 miles from Ames; trip takes about 1 1/4 hours. From I-35 in Ames, go west on Hwy 30. Turn south (left) onto Hwy 25 at Scranton. Turn west (right) on Hwy 141 at Bayard. Whiterock is 6 miles west of Bayard, on Hwy 141.
1390 Highway 141, Coon Rapids, IA 50058 | 712-684-2697 Whiterock Conservancy, a private, 501(c)(3) land trust, providing sustainable agriculture, conservation, outdoor activities and recreation and environmental education.