Whiterock Conservancy and Coon Rapids

About Whiterock Conservancy:

Within an easy drive of Des Moines and Council Bluffs/Omaha, this site can be an increasingly important get-away for urban families to create memories through nature experiences.

The Garst Family created this nonprofit and donated its diverse land so as to protect and share it into the future. The organization’s deep roots in west-central Iowa culture and landscape and Iowa’s farming heritage give Whiterock Conservancy a strong commitment to story and place, as well as innovation and opportunity. 

Located along seven miles of the Middle Raccoon River valley, Whiterock’s natural lands are open to the public every day for recreation and exploration. A nearly 40-mile trail system is available for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian riders.


This stable non-profit with $18M in assets and such diverse potential requires leadership that can develop great strategies and priorities. 


The Whiterock Conservancy is a 509(a)3 nonprofit, with affiliations to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


Six full time, nine part-time, and five seasonal employees, and skilled volunteers, make Whiterock Conservancy hum. Currently, the ED directly supervises the Accountant, Conservation Lands Manager, Development & Communications Director, Guest Services Manager, Operations Manager, and Farm Manager.



About the Coon Rapids region:


The Coon Rapids community of 1,270 people focuses on quality of life with an emphasis on natural resources and recreation. Safety, good schools, and good neighbors make this a great place to raise a family. 


The low cost of living in this vicinity includes a median home cost of $82,000 and median gross rent of $555.


The river valley, rolling working lands, and wildlife areas make a great place to enjoy open spaces and outdoor recreation. 


The “Iowa nice” people in this region make great volunteers and respectful guests. 


There is easy access to the major metro areas of Des Moines (1 hour), Council Bluffs/Omaha (1.5 hours) and Sioux City (2 hours).

Learn more about the community at https://www.coonrapidsiowa.com/