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

Iowa Outdoors | Season 5 Preview

posted on December 17, 2014

A sneak peek at a few of the stories you'll see in Season 5. More »

Color the Wind Kite Festival

posted on December 17, 2014

This annual festival draws kite aficionados and spectators to Clear Lake every February for the splash of color and floating spectacle in the sky. It’s an event that thrives on wind, snow and ice. More »

Northern pike winter research

posted on December 17, 2014

Fish researchers with the Iowa DNR use a hovercraft to navigate the frozen backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River, collecting valuable habitat and movement data on radio-tagged northern pike. More »

Ice scuba diving

posted on December 17, 2014

We jump into a frozen lake to explore the dangerous adventure of scuba diving…underneath the ice. There are few locations in Iowa to dive below the ice line and even fewer ice scuba divers. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#408)

posted on December 11, 2014

Full Program: On this winter edition of Iowa Outdoors...Go under the ice on an Iowa lake with some adventurous scuba divers. Learn how DNR researchers are gathering valuable information about northern pike through the ice on the Upper Mississippi. And see the... More »

Iowa Outdoors (#407)

posted on November 7, 2014

Full Program: On this autumn edition of Iowa Outdoors...explore the Middle River water trail among the covered bridges of Madison County, learn about the turkey vulture and its role in our wildlife ecosystem, go rock climbing at one of Iowa's best and most... More »

Turkey vultures

posted on November 7, 2014

Not many people like or admire turkey vultures. But we may take for granted the role of turkey vultures in our wildlife ecosystem. More »

Rock climbing

posted on November 7, 2014

You may not think of Iowa as a rock climbing destination, but there are several great places in Iowa to climb and a growing community of climbers working to expand opportunities. More »

Middle River water trail

posted on November 7, 2014

Explore how an Iowa DNR water trail project is rejuvenating a paddling adventure underneath some of the landmark covered bridges of Madison County. More »

Mississippi River aerial photographry

posted on November 7, 2014

Photographer Bob Hurt captures the vivid beauty of the Upper Mississippi River Valley from a plane hundreds of feet above the watery wilderness. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#406)

posted on October 2, 2014

Full Program: In this edition we look back at some of our favorite adventures. Throughout our first four seasons, we've shown you some adventurous ways to explore our state. We’ll reintroduce you to a trio of kiteboarding Iowans, soar through the treetops on the... More »

Iowa Outdoors (#405)

posted on September 8, 2014

Full Program: From scuba diving Okoboji to the high dynamic landscapes of the Loess Hills, we venture back into the archives for our best photographic journeys. More »

Fish tanks at the DNR Building

posted on August 6, 2014

Each year, Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff members pull off the complicated, but carefully coordinated job of moving a variety of water species from Iowa's lakes and rivers to large fish tanks on display to the public at the Iowa State... More »

Fly tying at the Fair

posted on August 6, 2014

A newer competition at the Iowa State Fair lures in anglers to test their fly tying ability and creativity. More »

Master Gardeners' serene oasis on the Fairgrounds

posted on August 6, 2014

Master Gardeners maintain several gardens in Polk County, including the colorful and educational collection of plants and flowers in the Discovery Garden on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The garden provides fairgoers a quiet resting place and a... More »