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 (#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 »

Archery and bowfishing

posted on August 6, 2014

The State Fair provides an opportunity for people of all ages to try the skill sport of archery. Some Iowans are taking that skill to the water for the unique sport of bowfishing. More »

Outdoors photographers compete at Iowa State Fair

posted on August 6, 2014

Outdoors photographers enter their favorite and best images of the year in the annual Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. It's one of the largest photography competitions of its type in the country. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#404)

posted on August 6, 2014

Full Program: On this edition of Iowa Outdoors, a State Fair special showcasing archery, the DNR's fly tying competition, master gardening at the fairgrounds, and the impressive work of outdoor shutter bugs at the annual photography salon. Visit our FAIR Site! More »

Paddling Iowa's rivers

posted on July 3, 2014

Come along as we explore some of Iowa's 1800 miles of river, including the scenic bluffs of the Upper Iowa River, with an Iowan who literally wrote the book on Paddling Iowa. More »

Trumpeter swans

posted on July 3, 2014

Almost 20 years after the Iowa DNR began efforts to reintroduce the Trumpeter swan population in Iowa, the program is succeeding. It's providing economic benefits, as well as important lessons about the environment. More »