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

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 »

Emerald ash borer invades Iowa

posted on June 5, 2014

The emerald ash borer is spreading across the state of Iowa, feeding on ash trees and killing them as a result. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and various municipalities are trying to slow the invasion of the small, green insect. More »

Water quality successes

posted on June 5, 2014

Farmers in Iowa are planting the seeds and adopting conservation practices that lead to cleaner water. Small communities recognize many different paths to clean water, but the key is implementing change before it's too late. More »

Iowa Outdoors (#402)

posted on June 5, 2014

Full Program: Visit the bluffs along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa, where once-endangered peregrine falcons now fly freely in their native habitat, and explore the beauty of Reiman Gardens, the 17-acre horticulture garden at Iowa State University in... More »

Jim Frink: Fungi photographer

posted on May 2, 2014

Jim Frink has an eye for something many people wouldn't give a second look. He's spent decades searching for, and photographing, the stunning colors, shapes, sizes and textures of hundreds of varieties of mushrooms and other fungi. More »

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

posted on May 2, 2014

Explore some of the exotic plants and interesting displays inside the recognizable domed conservatory, as construction continues on a series of new outdoor gardens at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. More »

Tracking shovelnose sturgeon in Iowa waters

posted on May 2, 2014

Data on fish migrations for spawning and overall behavior are essential to keeping a healthy population for future generations. Iowa DNR officials are monitoring the movements of an interesting fish - the shovelnose sturgeon - in some eastern Iowa... More »

Iowa Outdoors (#401)

posted on May 1, 2014

Full Program: Join Iowa geocachers for a high-tech game of hide-and-seek. Explore the vast variety of plants and interesting displays inside the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Go along with Iowa DNR researchers as they learn more about shovelnose... More »

Geocachers hunt for hidden treasures

posted on May 1, 2014

In just the last decade, a high-tech, outdoor activity called geocaching has grown in popularity in Iowa. It's easy for anyone to get started, and it's a great way to get out and explore your surroundings in both rural and urban areas. More »