Iowa Public Television


About the Series

Iowa Outdoors is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that highlights outdoor recreation, environmental issues, conservation initiatives, and Iowa's outdoor natural resources.


  • Scott   Siepker (Host)

    Scott Siepker

    Scott is a native of Mount Carmel, Iowa and graduate of Carroll High School. He earned a... Read more

  • Kellie  Kramer (Host)

    Kellie Kramer

    Kellie is originally from southwestern Indiana, but has happily called Des Moines home since 2002.... Read more

  • Amanda   Mullen (Host)

    Amanda Mullen

    Amanda, host from Season One, is an Ankeny, Iowa native. Having earned a B.A. in Performing... Read more

Recent Stories

The Season for Snowmobiles

posted on December 16, 2013

Snow is a welcome sight for those who enjoy the family friendly wintertime activity of snowmobile riding. Conquering the cold landscape of Iowa has the potential to warm the local economies at the same time. More »

Taxidermy Gives Creatures New Life

posted on December 16, 2013

Iowans young and old use the art of taxidermy to create trophy memories of deer, birds, fish and other animals. It’s a career, hobby and passion that requires carpentry skills and artistic talent. More »

David Heusinkveld: Tragedy & Recovery

posted on December 16, 2013

The life-changing story of David Heusinkveld as he travels through the Amana Colonies on a photographic journey of tragedy and recovery. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#306)

posted on December 13, 2013

Full Program: Explore Iowa from the powered handlebars of local snowmobilers, experience wildlife through the art of modern-day taxidermists, and follow the journey of outdoors photographer David Heusinkveld through tragedy and recovery in the Amana Colonies. More »

Gardening the Outdoors

posted on December 13, 2013

Iowans explore an educational tool connecting students with the earth…from garden gate to their dinner plate. More »

Amateur astronomers and the art of...

posted on October 28, 2013

We join amateur astronomers at one of Iowa’s darkest locations for the Iowa Star Party, as they share their interstellar hobby and stunning photos with each other and curious guests. More »

Mines of Spain

posted on October 28, 2013

It was once a mineral oasis, where Julien Dubuque settled more than 200 years ago. Now, the scenic Mines of Spain area along the Mississippi River is an outdoor recreation destination and a place where area youth are experiencing the outdoors and... More »

Rehabilitating injured birds at SOAR

posted on October 28, 2013

See how injured eagles, falcons and other birds are rescued and taken under the caring wing of rehabilitators at Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR), with the hope of releasing them back into the wild. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#305)

posted on October 25, 2013

Full Program: Look into the sky with amateur astronomers and astrophotographers at the Iowa Star Party, visit a classroom where kids are touching critters from Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo, explore the scenic Mines of Spain in Dubuque and see how injured... More »

ISU's traveling Insect Zoo

posted on October 25, 2013

Dan Wardell shows us how a fun, hands-on learning experience with cockroaches, millipedes, tarantulas and other arthropods is helping teach Iowans the importance of those critters in our environment. More »

Jeff Grewe: Arborist Photographer

posted on August 12, 2013

Journey along the western rim of Iowa with Jeff Grewe as he melds a love of nature with a chainsaw and a DSLR. More »

Jester Park's Nature Playscape

posted on August 12, 2013

Dan Wardell visits with Polk County Conservation’s Lewis Major about Jester Park’s cutting-edge playscape for outdoor nature education. More »

Loess Hills Prescribed Fire

posted on August 12, 2013

A group of firefighters from across the nation venture to the hilly topography of western Iowa for intensive prairie fire training. More »

Fireflies in Iowa

posted on August 12, 2013

We explore the unique characteristics of fireflies with photographer Radim Schreiber ( and with ISU entomology researcher Brendan Dunphy. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#304)

posted on August 12, 2013

Full Program: We profile wildfire training and nighttime photography in the Loess Hills, visit an innovative playscape in central Iowa’s Jester Park, and showcase summertime firefly photography. More »