Iowa Outdoors focuses on outdoor recreation, environmental issues, conservation initiatives, and Iowa’s natural resources.

From giant caves that sprawl for miles underneath the surface of Iowa, to birds rebounding and thriving from near extinction in the state, to outdoor physical activities that can help promote a healthy, physical lifestyle for your students, Iowa Outdoors offers something for every one. Though the series is meant for a general viewing audience, the Iowa Outdoors program offers several classroom appropriate clips that tie to a great number of subjects.

Iowa Outdoors can bring the world of Iowa to your students. Additionally, you can check out the various teacher resources related to Iowa Outdoors  from PBS programs, the Iowa DNR, and Iowa Public Television.

Nature, television's longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club. This website for educators offers videos, lesson plans, online interactive activities, teacher guides and much more.

Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts joins the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe.

Iowa DNR
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources educator’s site offers information on field trips for you and your class, as well as ways you can access or build demonstration models and kits for your classroom.

Iowa's Threatened and Endangered Species Program
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa has changed greatly since becoming a state in 1846. Since then changes in the land and other factors such as channelization of streams and rivers, soil erosion, development and urban expansion, and intensive row crop agriculture have contributed to the loss or degradation of suitable habitat for numerous plant and animal species. Access profiles and fact sheets about threatened species living in Iowa.

Living On The Edge: Endangered Species in Iowa
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
This presentation provides information about the federally listed endangered and threatened plants and animals known to exist in Iowa, including profiles and pictures of federally listed species in Iowa.

Explore More: Water Quality
Iowa Public Television
The water we drink, the places we swim, and the plants and animals within our environments are increasingly threatened by pollution. Agriculture and urban runoff, industrial and household uses, and other sources impact this vital resource. What are the biggest threats to water quality in your area? Online video, articles, interactions and lesson plans help students explore the issues and get the facts.

Iowa DNR Aquatic Education Program
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
This program provides a variety of educational materials and training opportunities to educators and youth leaders free of charge. Get information on involvement programs in your area including Projects WILD Aquatic, Project WILD, and Learning Tree. You can also download aquatic animal fact sheets and activity books.

Iowa Geological and Water Survey
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Geological and Water Survey provides downloadable magazines, pamphlets, and presentations designed for classroom use.

Climate, Weather, Trees, and Plants

Iowa Pathways: Environment
Iowa Public Television
Iowa Pathways is an online learning environment that challenges students to explore Iowa history. Delve into the mysteries of the earth’s beginnings. Trace the formation of Iowa’s landforms and animal habitats. Explore Iowa’s natural history and how the environment continues to be part of our Iowa story.

Trees For Kids and Trees For Teens
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens are educational programs that incorporate educational experiences with planting trees. A focus is placed on Iowa's elementary and secondary school students. Access curriculum guides, classroom resources and posters, and student magazines for your classroom.

Identification of Common Trees of Iowa
Iowa State University Extension
This interactive key helps to identify the most common trees in Iowa. The key is based on vegetative characteristics such as leaves, fruits, and bark.

The Land and Geology

Explore More: Working Landscapes
Iowa Public Television
As our population grows, so do the demands we put on our natural areas. From houses to farms, landfills to hiking trails, working landscapes are a way of sustaining the land by balancing the social, economic, and ecological needs. Can we protect our natural areas and still use them? Online video, articles, interactions and lesson plans help students explore the issues and get the facts.

Connections to Science: Geology
Iowa Public Television
Author and naturalist, Cindy Blobaum, teaches students about geology and minerals through a demonstration using cookies. Learn about what rocks are made of, how geologists test rocks, and where minerals are found in household items. This video is targeted at students in grades 3-6.

Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Public Broadcasting System
The wealth of themes explored in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea documentary offers an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. The lessons and activities developed around the film look at the rich history of the national parks, the art and photography of the breath-taking geography that inspired so many people and the human story of politics and policy that shaped and continue to shape the parks today. This site includes curriculum units, lessons, and images about the national parks in the United States. A study guide also helps you connect the film to your class curriculum.