Whiterock Conservancy stewards over 5,500 acres in West-Central Iowa near Coon Rapids. The gorgeous Whiterock landscape that attracts visitors from all over the state, region, and nation is a mix of savannas, rolling pastures, native and restored prairies, wetlands, riverside bluffs, fishing ponds, crop ground, and unique historic, geologic, and archaeological sites. Whiterock Conservancy was formed in 2004 to manage one of the largest land gifts in the history of Iowa generously given by the Garst family.
Our conservation land is actively managed to improve the condition of the savannas, rolling pastures, native and restored prairies, wetlands, riverside bluffs and fishing ponds. Whiterock is restoring one of the largest areas of savanna left in Iowa. Our diverse habitats are home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and other wildlife.
Whiterock Conservancy also strives to continue the Garst legacy of innovative farming by demonstrating sustainable farming practices and providing farmers and non-farmers alike information on the benefits and costs of these practices.
Recreation & Education
Whiterock Conservancy provides opportunities for the public to experience and learn from this landscape, with over 40 miles of trails for walkers, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, paddlers, and those with mobility limitations through the use of low-powered vehicles. In addition to our trails, Whiterock offers accommodations, camping, fishing, stargazing and other outdoor activities. We hope to provide the opportunity for thousands of visitors to get up close to nature, view sustainable agriculture practices and explore the history of the area.
As part of this mission to engage the public in learning about sustainable agriculture and the natural landscape we are also proud to steward the historic Garst Farm, the cradle of hybrid seed corn and the host for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during his historic 1959 visit to the United States.