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 (#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 »

Water quality and Iowa's trout population

posted on July 3, 2014

Iowa's trout population is a valuable resource. See how farmers and government are working together to improve water quality in Iowa's streams to help maintain healthy trout populations and fishing conditions. More »

17-year cicadas swarm parts of Iowa

posted on July 3, 2014

Brood III of the periodical cicadas emerged in Iowa in 2014 after 17 years underground. The long-living insects fascinate entomologists but sometimes annoy others, as thousands of singing male cicadas in a single tree create a loud, constant... More »

Iowa Outdoors (#403)

posted on July 3, 2014

Full Program: Discover how farmers and government are working together to benefit trout populations and water quality, learn about the 17-year cicadas, see how the DNR has reintroduced Trumpeter swans to Iowa, and go canoeing on the Upper Iowa River. More »

Peregrine falcons return to river cliffs

posted on June 5, 2014

Peregrine falcons prospered for centuries on the Mississippi River cliffs in northeast Iowa before disappearing and almost becoming extinct in the mid-1900s. After years of work by conservationists, the falcons inhabit the river cliffs once again. More »

Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University

posted on June 5, 2014

Reiman Gardens in Ames is part of Iowa State's mission to educate students in horticulture. In addition to extensive garden areas, the popular butterfly wing displays as many as 800 live butterflies at a time. And this year's theme connects outer... More »