STORIES

An off-highway vehicle driving down path
May 31, 2017 | 8 min

Off-highway vehicles have grown in popularity in Iowa, and the state now has several OHV parks open to the public. We go for a ride at Gypsum City OHV Park, where hundreds of acres of land formerly mined for gypsum have been turned into miles of hilly, wooded trails for a variety of vehicles.

Wide shot of an abandoned surface mine
May 31, 2017 | 9 min

A century ago, southern Iowa was home to hundreds of surface coal mines. As the coal boom died so did the companies that mined for it, leaving those mines abandoned and open to the elements. Today, decades after the industry died, efforts slowly continue to clean up the deserted mines and reclaim the ground that was once rich with coal.

 

Buck Christensen capturing a Western Iowa sunset.
May 31, 2017 | 9 min

When Buck Christensen’s growing family adjusted his work-life balance, he sought a photographic experience close to home. His images near Council Bluffs have captivated Iowans ever since.

An overlook of Horseshoe Bluff in Dubuque's Mines of Spain
May 31, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual hike through the Dubuque's Mines of Spain via the Horseshoe Bluff Trail.

Iowa Outdoors 701 - Sweet Marsh Paddlers
May 24, 2017 | 30 min

Climb wind turbines in Greene County, paddle the marshes of northeast Iowa and explore the digital mapping of Iowa’s rapidly expanding outdoors trail system.

Bee on a flower
May 24, 2017 | 6 min

The future of Iowa agriculture and ecosystem may hinge on the health of it's pollinators. Meet the people hoping to ensure these vital species continue to thrive.

Woman on top of wind turbine in Greene County, Iowa
May 24, 2017 | 9 min

Wind turbines have become a ubiquitous landmark on the Iowa countryside. But as common as turbines have become, few have an opportunity to climb these towers and see our state from above.

People biking on an Iowa recreation trail
May 24, 2017 | 3 min

Explore how the Iowa by Trail app can help trail users across Iowa plan their excursions, and learn about the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation's history in helping build Iowa's trail system.

Paddling through Sweet Marsh
May 24, 2017 | 7 min

In the early days of spring, one aquatic outfitter is taking paddlers into an Iowa marsh. This crisp, early spring immersion brings Iowans of all paddling abilities directly into the sights and sounds of bird migration.

 

"The Cut" in the Trout Run Trail
May 24, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual tour of a popular trail in Northeast Iowa.