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Springbrook state park hiking trail
July 26, 2017 | 5 min

For nature lovers, few things top a good hike. While the Iowa DNR uses January 1st to celebrate it’s trails with a statewide outing, hikers may not be aware all the work that goes into building the many trails of Iowa.

Iowa Outdoors episode 710
July 20, 2017 | 29 min

See a reenactment of how Ice used to be harvested, Learn about the annual DNR hike and all the work that goes into creating our state trails, meet a photographer who moderates outdoor photos for an audience of thousands, and join a crew of kids learning all it takes to survive in the wild.

Waubonsie State Park's Sunset Ridge Trail
July 20, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual hike amidst the Loess Hills on Waubonsie State Park’s Sunset Trail.

Polk County "Survivor Camp"
July 20, 2017 | 5 min

Surviving the treacheries of nature can be a bewildering task. Each year during Spring Break, the Polk County Conservation Board hosts a camp to educate grade schoolers on a few outdoor essentials that may one day save their lives.

Ice Harvesting demonstration in Lansing
July 20, 2017 | 7 min

For thousands of years, the only way to get ice was to harvest and ship it, and up until the 1960s Northeastern Iowa was a well known exporter of ice. To celebrate its history, Lansing, Iowa holds an ice harvesting demonstration to show the current generation all the work that went into getting ice before the advent of freezers and ice makers.

Photographer Derek Bailey on the shores of Lake Okoboji
July 20, 2017 | 7 min

In one short year Derek Bailey went from novice photographer to moderator of Country Features, an instagram feature page with 60,000 followers. Aggregating photos that represent rural life, Country Features exposes instagram photographers like Derek Bailey to followers across the world.

Dancehall Cave Trail
July 18, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual hike through one of Iowa’s most dazzling spectacles; Dance Hall Cave in Maquoketa State Park.

Episode 709 of Iowa Outdoors
July 18, 2017 | 29 min

Experience trap shooting,  journey along the Mississippi River from LeClaire to Dubuque and back again on Iowa’s Twilight Cruise, and meet a photographer who returned to the art to capture the Cedar River Valley.

Photographer Rich Herrmann
July 18, 2017 | 8 min

After some time away from photography, Rich Herrmann rediscovered his passion for taking photos after being gifted a digital camera. Now rarely a weekend goes by where Rich isn’t hiking around eastern Iowa looking to capture a unique moment.

Mississippi Twilight Cruise
July 18, 2017 | 8 min

A riverboat ride along the Mississippi River is an old-fashioned journey of wildlife and beautiful river views, and a trip back in time for any Iowan looking for a vintage adventure.