STORIES

Driftless Education Center
Jun 14, 2017 | 7 min

Iowa’s county conservation board system has been in place for nearly 60 years.

Photographer time lapsing photographing Maquoketa Caves
Jun 14, 2017 | 7 min

Iowa’s Maquoketa Caves State Park is a fascinating hike during daylight hours. One photographer’s nighttime photos have added an entirely new perspective.

Hiking through Backbone State Park
Jun 14, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual hike along Barred-Owl Trail in Backbone State Park. A short, but scenic trip.

Woman biking through woods
Jun 14, 2017 | 27 min

Pedal the mountain bike trails of Decorah, explore conservation efforts in Iowa’s farthest corners and visit the Maquoketa Caves after dark.

Mountain Biking Decorah
Jun 14, 2017 | 8 min

The topography of northeast Iowa has made towns like Decorah a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The area’s embrace of mountain bike trails attracts men and women of all ages.

Kayakers and Tubers enjoying Manchester's whitewater park.
Jun 7, 2017 | 8 min

Once an incredible industrial tool, many dams have become generation-old eyesores dotting Iowa’s waterways. Communities like Manchester have found a safe way to remove their dams and increase their town’s conservation and recreation efforts with whitewater parks.

fun-boater enjoying some Iowa whitewater rapids.
Jun 7, 2017 | 29 min

Paddle through Iowa’s newest whitewater parks, learn from natural science experts at the Whiterock Conservancy Bioblitz and spend time with award-winning western Iowa painter, Andy Peters.

Peas Creek in Ledges State Park.
Jun 7, 2017 | 2 min

Take a virtual creek walk through Peas Creek in Ledges State Park.

Andrew Peters painting an Iowa landscape.
Jun 7, 2017 | 8 min

When Andy Peters left western Iowa for the American west decades ago, he found his calling with a paintbrush and an eye for expansive landscapes. Later, he returned to his hometown of Council Bluffs and rediscovered the natural beauty of Iowa.

Children investigating the earth at Whiterock Conservancy.
Jun 7, 2017 | 8 min

Natural science experts and the public come together for a BioBlitz day at Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids to explore the area and help identify some of the species found there. From kids capturing frogs to adults analyzing soil, it’s a fun learning experience with a purpose.