STORIES

Polk County "Survivor Camp"
Jul 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
Jul 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
Jul 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.

Photographer Rich Herrmann
Jul 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
Jul 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.

Shooting sports
Jul 18, 2017 | 8 min

A unique combination of skill and precision for gun owners, trap shooting is a popular outdoor activity in Iowa.

Dancehall Cave Trail
Jul 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
Jul 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.

Iowa Outdoors episode 707
Jul 12, 2017 | 29 min

Catch a rare glimpse of the Iowa prairie as the first settlers may have seen it, discover how goats are cleaning up the environment and meet an Instragram icon in Iowan Bryan Conley.

Rochester Prairie Cemetery
Jul 12, 2017 | 3 min

Iowa’s prairie environments are relatively rare considering our state’s agricultural practices, but one eastern Iowa cemetery has combined solemn remembrance with ecological history.