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Iowa Outdoors (#406)

Iowa Outdoors (#406)

posted on October 2, 2014

Full Program: In this edition we look back at some of our favorite adventures. Throughout our first four seasons, we've shown you some adventurous ways to explore our state. We’ll reintroduce you to a trio of kiteboarding Iowans, soar through the treetops on the... Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#405)

Iowa Outdoors (#405)

posted on September 8, 2014

Full Program: From scuba diving Okoboji to the high dynamic landscapes of the Loess Hills, we venture back into the archives for our best photographic journeys. Read More »
Fish tanks at the DNR Building

Fish tanks at the DNR Building

posted on August 6, 2014

Each year, Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff members pull off the complicated, but carefully coordinated job of moving a variety of water species from Iowa's lakes and rivers to large fish tanks on display to the public at the Iowa State... Read More »
Fly tying at the Fair

Fly tying at the Fair

posted on August 6, 2014

A newer competition at the Iowa State Fair lures in anglers to test their fly tying ability and creativity. Read More »
Master Gardeners' serene oasis on the Fairgrounds

Master Gardeners' serene oasis on the Fairgrounds

posted on August 6, 2014

Master Gardeners maintain several gardens in Polk County, including the colorful and educational collection of plants and flowers in the Discovery Garden on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The garden provides fairgoers a quiet resting place and a... Read More »
Archery and bowfishing

Archery and bowfishing

posted on August 6, 2014

The State Fair provides an opportunity for people of all ages to try the skill sport of archery. Some Iowans are taking that skill to the water for the unique sport of bowfishing. Read More »
Outdoors photographers compete at Iowa State Fair

Outdoors photographers compete at Iowa State Fair

posted on August 6, 2014

Outdoors photographers enter their favorite and best images of the year in the annual Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. It's one of the largest photography competitions of its type in the country. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#404)

Iowa Outdoors (#404)

posted on August 6, 2014

Full Program: On this edition of Iowa Outdoors, a State Fair special showcasing archery, the DNR's fly tying competition, master gardening at the fairgrounds, and the impressive work of outdoor shutter bugs at the annual photography salon. Visit our FAIR Site! Read More »
Paddling Iowa's rivers

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. Read More »
Trumpeter swans

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. Read More »
Water quality and Iowa's trout population

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. Read More »
17-year cicadas swarm parts of Iowa

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... Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#403)

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. Read More »
Peregrine falcons return to river cliffs

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. Read More »
Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University

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... Read More »
Emerald ash borer invades Iowa

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. Read More »
Water quality successes

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. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#402)

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... Read More »
Jim Frink: Fungi photographer

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. Read More »
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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. Read More »
Tracking shovelnose sturgeon in Iowa waters

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... Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#401)

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... Read More »
Geocachers hunt for hidden treasures

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. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors | Season 4 Preview

Iowa Outdoors | Season 4 Preview

posted on April 29, 2014

On this episode of Iowa Outdoors, go hunting for hidden treasures with geocachers, learn why the DNR is researching shovelnose sturgeon in eastern Iowa waterways, and explore the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Read More »
The Season for Snowmobiles

The Season for Snowmobiles

posted on December 16, 2013

Snow is a welcome sight for those who enjoy the family friendly wintertime activity of snowmobile riding. Conquering the cold landscape of Iowa has the potential to warm the local economies at the same time. Read More »
Taxidermy Gives Creatures New Life

Taxidermy Gives Creatures New Life

posted on December 16, 2013

Iowans young and old use the art of taxidermy to create trophy memories of deer, birds, fish and other animals. It’s a career, hobby and passion that requires carpentry skills and artistic talent. Read More »
David Heusinkveld: Tragedy & Recovery

David Heusinkveld: Tragedy & Recovery

posted on December 16, 2013

The life-changing story of David Heusinkveld as he travels through the Amana Colonies on a photographic journey of tragedy and recovery. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#306)

Iowa Outdoors (#306)

posted on December 13, 2013

Full Program: Explore Iowa from the powered handlebars of local snowmobilers, experience wildlife through the art of modern-day taxidermists, and follow the journey of outdoors photographer David Heusinkveld through tragedy and recovery in the Amana Colonies. Read More »
Gardening the Outdoors

Gardening the Outdoors

posted on December 13, 2013

Iowans explore an educational tool connecting students with the earth…from garden gate to their dinner plate. Read More »
Amateur astronomers and the art of astrophotography

Amateur astronomers and the art of astrophotography

posted on October 28, 2013

We join amateur astronomers at one of Iowa’s darkest locations for the Iowa Star Party, as they share their interstellar hobby and stunning photos with each other and curious guests. Read More »
Mines of Spain

Mines of Spain

posted on October 28, 2013

It was once a mineral oasis, where Julien Dubuque settled more than 200 years ago. Now, the scenic Mines of Spain area along the Mississippi River is an outdoor recreation destination and a place where area youth are experiencing the outdoors and... Read More »
Rehabilitating injured birds at SOAR

Rehabilitating injured birds at SOAR

posted on October 28, 2013

See how injured eagles, falcons and other birds are rescued and taken under the caring wing of rehabilitators at Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR), with the hope of releasing them back into the wild. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#305)

Iowa Outdoors (#305)

posted on October 25, 2013

Full Program: Look into the sky with amateur astronomers and astrophotographers at the Iowa Star Party, visit a classroom where kids are touching critters from Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo, explore the scenic Mines of Spain in Dubuque and see how injured... Read More »
ISU's traveling Insect Zoo

ISU's traveling Insect Zoo

posted on October 25, 2013

Dan Wardell shows us how a fun, hands-on learning experience with cockroaches, millipedes, tarantulas and other arthropods is helping teach Iowans the importance of those critters in our environment. Read More »
Jeff Grewe: Arborist Photographer

Jeff Grewe: Arborist Photographer

posted on August 12, 2013

Journey along the western rim of Iowa with Jeff Grewe as he melds a love of nature with a chainsaw and a DSLR. Read More »
Jester Park's Nature Playscape

Jester Park's Nature Playscape

posted on August 12, 2013

Dan Wardell visits with Polk County Conservation’s Lewis Major about Jester Park’s cutting-edge playscape for outdoor nature education. Read More »
Loess Hills Prescribed Fire

Loess Hills Prescribed Fire

posted on August 12, 2013

A group of firefighters from across the nation venture to the hilly topography of western Iowa for intensive prairie fire training. Read More »
Fireflies in Iowa

Fireflies in Iowa

posted on August 12, 2013

We explore the unique characteristics of fireflies with photographer Radim Schreiber (fireflyexperience.org) and with ISU entomology researcher Brendan Dunphy. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#304)

Iowa Outdoors (#304)

posted on August 12, 2013

Full Program: We profile wildfire training and nighttime photography in the Loess Hills, visit an innovative playscape in central Iowa’s Jester Park, and showcase summertime firefly photography. Read More »
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

posted on August 8, 2013

A southeastern Iowa park getaway named after its Native American heritage and a pioneer in environmental preservation. Read More »
Paddle-in Campsites: Lake Red Rock

Paddle-in Campsites: Lake Red Rock

posted on August 8, 2013

Conservation groups in central Iowa have teamed up together for a unique kayak adventure with a catch. You not only paddle in yourself but also all of your gear. Read More »
Nahant Marsh Comeback

Nahant Marsh Comeback

posted on August 8, 2013

How a toxic wetland in eastern Iowa became an environmental rallying point for an eastern Iowa community and a safe haven for wildlife. Read More »
Mark Hirsch and THAT TREE

Mark Hirsch and THAT TREE

posted on August 8, 2013

A lone bur oak may have forever changed the professional and personal life of one photographer in northeastern Iowa. In 2012, Mark Hirsch began a 365-day photographic journey with a single picture on his iPhone. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#303)

Iowa Outdoors (#303)

posted on June 28, 2013

Full Program: We explore paddle-in campsites in central Iowa, explain the restoration of Nahant Marsh, and showcase a photo project between an iPhone and a bur oak tree -- 365 days in the making. Read More »
Ruffed Grouse Habitat, Highlandville, Iowa

Ruffed Grouse Habitat, Highlandville, Iowa

posted on June 5, 2013

Grouse in Iowa. Read More »
Maple Syrup Harvest, Algona, Iowa

Maple Syrup Harvest, Algona, Iowa

posted on June 5, 2013

Harvesting maple syrup in the Iowa woods. Read More »
Gravel Road Bike Race, Iowa

Gravel Road Bike Race, Iowa

posted on June 5, 2013

The video, "300 Miles of Gravel" documents a grueling 24 hour bike race on Iowa's back roads. Read More »
Nature Photographers Bob and Linda Scarth (302)

Nature Photographers Bob and Linda Scarth (302)

posted on May 22, 2013

For over 50 years Bob and Linda Scarth have been taking beautiful pictures together of the Iowa environment Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#302)

Iowa Outdoors (#302)

posted on April 25, 2013

Full Program: From the lens of one wildlife photographer to the handlebar view from our state's biking enthusiasts, we explore springtime in Iowa. Read More »
Iceboating on Clear Lake, Iowa

Iceboating on Clear Lake, Iowa

posted on March 1, 2013

We fly across the ice at on Clear Lake with a group of sailors who embrace freezing temperatures and chilly winds. Read More »
Nature Photographer Kip Ladage

Nature Photographer Kip Ladage

posted on March 1, 2013

Nature photographer Kip Ladage has a passion for nature photography and for sharing his pictures with others. Read More »
Learning About Birds of Prey, Iowa

Learning About Birds of Prey, Iowa

posted on March 1, 2013

We go on an couple of outings where young people are given the opportunity to get up close with birds of prey. Read More »
Urban Trout Fishing, Manchester, Iowa

Urban Trout Fishing, Manchester, Iowa

posted on March 1, 2013

Anglers across the state are getting hooked on a DNR program that is putting trout in urban lakes. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#301)

Iowa Outdoors (#301)

posted on February 8, 2013

Full Program: We strap in for the fastest ice-bound experience you’ll have all year on the frozen tundra of Clear Lake. We descend below the lake's surface to discover how the Iowa DNR is building the backbone of our state’s rainbow trout. We join young... Read More »
Pike's Peak State Park, McGregor, Iowa

Pike's Peak State Park, McGregor, Iowa

posted on November 29, 2012

With its breathtaking view of the Mississippi River Valley Pike's Peak State Park could be one of the most photographed places in Iowa. Read More »
Decorah Eagle Update, Decorah, Iowa

Decorah Eagle Update, Decorah, Iowa

posted on November 29, 2012

Iowa Outdoors has an update regarding the Decorah eagle known as D1 and her tremendous journey. Read More »
Nature Photographer Carl Kurtz

Nature Photographer Carl Kurtz

posted on November 29, 2012

Every fall naturalist, farmer and wildlife photographer Carl Kurtz harvests a field of dreams. Read More »
Pheasants Forever, Iowa

Pheasants Forever, Iowa

posted on November 29, 2012

The Iowa DNR and Pheasants Forever are working together to make sure upland game birds have a place in the Iowa environment by increasing and improving habitat. Read More »
Young Birders, Pike's Peak State Park, Iowa

Young Birders, Pike's Peak State Park, Iowa

posted on November 29, 2012

Iowa's Young Birders is one of nineteen bird watching clubs within Iowa but the only one specifically for young people. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#206)

Iowa Outdoors (#206)

posted on November 28, 2012

Full Program: It could be said that this edition of Iowa Outdoors is for the birds. We spend some time with a club that is on the lookout for young people who have and interest in bird watching. We get a birds-eye view of the state thanks to an Iowan who... Read More »
Power Gliders, Madison County, Iowa

Power Gliders, Madison County, Iowa

posted on November 21, 2012

It's a bird… It's a plane… No, it's Jason Jasnos, who shares a birds eye view of the Iowa landscape. Read More »
Kenny Salwey, The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, The Last River Rat

posted on September 26, 2012

Known as the "Last River Rat" Kenny Salwey spent a large part of his life on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Today he shares life lessons with the rest of the world. Read More »
Lake Okoboji Yacht Club, Iowa

Lake Okoboji Yacht Club, Iowa

posted on September 26, 2012

Over the past three decades, sailing participation has decreased dramatically. But a youth program on Lake Okoboji hopes to create a new generation of sailors. Read More »
Blue Green Algae

Blue Green Algae

posted on September 26, 2012

The 2012 drought wreaked havoc on agriculture in the Midwest but it's also hit our state's water quality in some dramatic ways. Read More »
Big Creek State Park, Polk County, Iowa

Big Creek State Park, Polk County, Iowa

posted on September 20, 2012

Big Creek State Park main lake is the 5th most visited body of water in Iowa. While Big Creek Lake offers a wide variety of aquatic activities, it is only one of the many reasons to visit the park. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#205)

Iowa Outdoors (#205)

posted on September 20, 2012

Full Program: In this episode, we go sailing on Lake Okoboji, find out why nearly three quarters of a million people visit Big Creek State Park each year, learn how the drought affected water quality and spend some time with the Last River Rat. Read More »
Asian Carp

Asian Carp

posted on July 19, 2012

Iowa's rivers and lakes are being threatened by an invasive species that could decimate native fish populations and strike a blow to the state's tourism industry. Iowa Outdoors looks at some of the battle plans being designed at the local and state... Read More »
Wildcat Den State Park, Muscatine County, Iowa

Wildcat Den State Park, Muscatine County, Iowa

posted on July 19, 2012

While there are 85 state parks in Iowa only one of them has a working grist mill and bridge combination. The mill in Wildcat Den State Park was built in 1848 producing flour from locally produced wheat. Iowa Outdoors explores the history of... Read More »
Nature Photographer Larry Stone

Nature Photographer Larry Stone

posted on July 19, 2012

Through his photographs and writings, Larry Stone made a career at the Des Moines Register sharing the magic found in nature. Even though he’s retired Stone continues working to preserve the states natural resources for future generations. Read More »
Outdoor Journey for Girls, Iowa

Outdoor Journey for Girls, Iowa

posted on July 19, 2012

Every summer the Iowa Department of Natural Resources offers a number of camps for young people. The goal of the camps is to cultivate an appreciation of nature by allowing campers to experience a variety of outdoor activities. Over the years... Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#204)

Iowa Outdoors (#204)

posted on July 13, 2012

Full Program: This episode examines an invasive species that could have a serious impact on Iowa's waterways, shares a view of the state's landscape as seen by photographer and author Larry Stone and tours Wildcat Den State Park where volunteers have worked... Read More »
Maquoketa Caves State Park, Jackson County, Iowa

Maquoketa Caves State Park, Jackson County, Iowa

posted on May 10, 2012

On this episode of Iowa Outdoors we explore the newly re-opened Maquoketa Caves State Park. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#203)

Iowa Outdoors (#203)

posted on May 9, 2012

Full Program: On this episode of Iowa Outdoors we explore the newly re-opened Maquoketa Caves State Park. We go airborne at Rathbun Lake with a trio of kiteboarding Iowans. We paddle alongside an army of volunteers on the environmental river expedition known... Read More »
Nature Photographer Cindy Skeie

Nature Photographer Cindy Skeie

posted on May 9, 2012

Explore some of natures small wonders through the macro photography of Cindy Skeie. Read More »
Project AWARE

Project AWARE

posted on May 8, 2012

Project AWARE, which stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition, involves hundreds of volunteers who spend their vacations working as aquatic garbage collectors - cleaning up, learning about, and exploring Iowa's rivers. Read More »
Kiteboarding, Rathbun Lake, Iowa

Kiteboarding, Rathbun Lake, Iowa

posted on May 8, 2012

We grab some big air at Lake Rathbun with a group of kiteboarders. Read More »
Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa

Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa

posted on April 4, 2012

Dive into life aquatic at Dubuque's Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Read More »
Nature Photographer Ty Smedes

Nature Photographer Ty Smedes

posted on April 4, 2012

Readers of the magazine Iowa Outdoors are familiar with the photography of Ty Smedes.  Ty is a regular contributor to the Department of Natural Resources publication and his pictures along with articles he has written have introduced many... Read More »
Zipline Adventure, Dubuque, Iowa

Zipline Adventure, Dubuque, Iowa

posted on April 4, 2012

Soar high above the ground in Dubuque on Iowa's first large-scale zipline. Read More »
Hunting for Morel Mushrooms

Hunting for Morel Mushrooms

posted on March 30, 2012

Go on a treasure hunt for a prized Iowa woodland delicacy known as the morel mushroom. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#202)

Iowa Outdoors (#202)

posted on March 30, 2012

Full Program: Fly through the treetops on Iowa's first zipline course, explore life aquatic at the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, find morel mushroom tips that could help you locate and enjoy the woodland delicacies and take a walk through... Read More »
BRR Bike Ride, Perry, Iowa

BRR Bike Ride, Perry, Iowa

posted on January 20, 2012

A mix of cycling-deprived Iowans descend on the towns of Perry and Rippey for a one-day winter expedition known as the BRR bike ride. Read More »
Winter Trout Fishing, Decorah, Iowa

Winter Trout Fishing, Decorah, Iowa

posted on January 20, 2012

When temperatures hover near freezing, you’ll find fly fishermen like Kent Kleckner knee-deep in a northeast Iowa creek. Read More »
Pammel State Park, Madison County, Iowa

Pammel State Park, Madison County, Iowa

posted on January 20, 2012

The Middle River hugs the foundation of Pammel State Park but its one-of-a-kind tunnel tells a historic tale. Read More »
Winter Birdfeeding in Iowa

Winter Birdfeeding in Iowa

posted on January 20, 2012

Some of the best bird watching in Iowa could be steps away from your backdoor. Iowa Outdoors discovers the tips and tricks from our state’s birding experts. Read More »
David Thoreson: An Iowan Around the Americas

David Thoreson: An Iowan Around the Americas

posted on January 20, 2012

A sea-faring adventurer from Okoboji has traveled the globe exploring scenic vistas and oceanic danger beyond our imagination. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#201)

Iowa Outdoors (#201)

posted on January 19, 2012

Full Program: Iowa Outdoors begins its second season exploring Pammel State Park, pedaling along the BRR bike ride, winter trout fishing on North Bear Creek, and gazing through the lens of an Iowa photographer as he travels around the Americas. Read More »
Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Bison Chili -- Steakhouse Style

Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Bison Chili -- Steakhouse Style

posted on October 21, 2011

Chef Jon Benedict shares the perfect meal for fall campers when the weather turns chilly... That would be a hint. Read More »
Trout Run Bike Trail, Decorah, Iowa

Trout Run Bike Trail, Decorah, Iowa

posted on October 21, 2011

Get a sneak preview of the Trout Run Bike Trail in Decorah, scheduled to open in 2012. Read More »
Ken West, Landscape Photographer

Ken West, Landscape Photographer

posted on October 21, 2011

Photographer Ken West is using high dynamic range photography to capture a different view of the Iowa landscape. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#106)

Iowa Outdoors (#106)

posted on October 21, 2011

Full Program: This episode of Iowa Outdoors is more about the journey than the destination starting with the fall beauty found along Iowa's Loess Hills Scenic Byway. Thermal flight might have it's ups and downs but for hot air balloonists in Indianola it is... Read More »
Hot Air Ballooning Over Iowa

Hot Air Ballooning Over Iowa

posted on October 21, 2011

Explore the beauty of thermal flight while floating high above Iowa in a hot air balloon. Read More »
Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Pizza on the Grill

Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Pizza on the Grill

posted on August 9, 2011

Chef Jon Benedict shares some tips on how to cook pizza on the grill. Read More »
Decorah Eagle Nest: UPDATE

Decorah Eagle Nest: UPDATE

posted on August 9, 2011

In late July, Bob Anderson turned off the live-streaming video that allowed the world to witness a pair of eagle’s nurse three eggs into healthy eaglets. The web site was visited more than 205 million times as viewers watched the raptors mature and... Read More »
Lake Okoboji Underwater Photography with Lloyd Cunningham

Lake Okoboji Underwater Photography with Lloyd Cunningham

posted on August 9, 2011

Weeks before a summertime rush of visitors flood the cool waters of West Lake Okoboji, Lloyd Cunningham is already here. Donning a wet suit with scuba gear in hand, Lloyd prepares for an icy dip into 40 degree water. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#105)

Iowa Outdoors (#105)

posted on August 9, 2011

Full Program: Iowa Outdoors takes viewers from the depths of Lake Okoboji with underwater photographer Lloyd Cunningham, to the skies above Northeast Iowa for the latest news regarding the Decorah eagles that have now left the nest. We also explore the beauty of... Read More »
Charles City Whitewater Park, Iowa

Charles City Whitewater Park, Iowa

posted on August 9, 2011

Iowa’s first whitewater course is now fully operational. Kayakers from across the state and Midwest are flocking to Charles City and the hydro features specially designed for fast-paced paddling. Read More »

Take the Iowa Outdoors Survey

posted on July 28, 2011

Here's your chance to tell us what you think about Iowa Outdoors! Please take a moment to complete a short survey. Read More »
Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict | Lemon Pepper Trout with Grilled Vegetables

Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict | Lemon Pepper Trout with Grilled Vegetables

posted on June 22, 2011

Lemon pepper trout shares the grill with corn on the cob, sweet potato rounds and red bell peppers in this colorful summer meal prepared by Chef Jon Benedict. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#104)

Iowa Outdoors (#104)

posted on June 10, 2011

Full Program: Pedal across the High Trestle trail in central Iowa, help the Iowa DNR spawn the next generation of fish on Spirit Lake, and go behind-the-scenes of the world famous Decorah eagle nest. Read More »
High Trestle Trail Bridge, Madrid & Woodward, Iowa

High Trestle Trail Bridge, Madrid & Woodward, Iowa

posted on June 10, 2011

Iowa Outdoors hosts Amanda Mullen and Scott Siepker get sky high on the state's latest Rails to Trails project. The 13 story high, 1/2 mile long, High Trestle Bridge, between Madrid and Woodward, spans the Des Moines River valley in central Iowa. Read More »
Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, Iowa

Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, Iowa

posted on June 10, 2011

Iowa Outdoors travels to the fish hatchery on Spirit Lake, where the Department of Natural Resources works to ensure the population of fish in Iowa's lakes and rivers is there for future generations to enjoy. Read More »
Decorah Eagle Nest

Decorah Eagle Nest

posted on June 10, 2011

Iowa Outdoors goes online in Decorah, Iowa where the recipe for success is, one part eagle nest, one part live streaming video and one part raptor specialist with a passion for birds of prey. Mix in over one million total views and you have... Read More »
Campfire Cooking with Chef Jon Benedict

Campfire Cooking with Chef Jon Benedict

posted on April 7, 2011

Chef Jon Benedict cooks delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner items on the campfire using a pie iron. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors (#103)

Iowa Outdoors (#103)

posted on April 7, 2011

Full Program: Go 100 feet underground into Coldwater Cave in northeast Iowa to explore Iowa’s longest and most spectacular cave. Witness the population rebound of prairie chickens in southern Iowa. Visit a famous bridge in Wapsipinicon State Park and discover... Read More »
Maynard Reece: Iowa Wildlife Artist

Maynard Reece: Iowa Wildlife Artist

posted on April 7, 2011

Maynard Reece has won nearly every honor imaginable for his wildlife artwork – much of which famously showcased Iowa’s waterfowl. Read More »
The Journey of the Hale Bridge, Wapsipincon State Park, Iowa

The Journey of the Hale Bridge, Wapsipincon State Park, Iowa

posted on April 7, 2011

The century-old walkway located at Wapsipincon State Park went on a remarkable journey to its new home. Read More »
The Return of the Prairie Chicken, Kellerton Grasslands, Iowa

The Return of the Prairie Chicken, Kellerton Grasslands, Iowa

posted on April 7, 2011

A growing restoration project is bringing back the sights and sounds of Iowa’s long-lost native bird: The Prairie Chicken Read More »
Exploring Iowa's Coldwater Cave, Winneshiek County, Iowa

Exploring Iowa's Coldwater Cave, Winneshiek County, Iowa

posted on April 7, 2011

Explore this massive underground cave system stretching for miles underneath the karst topography of northeast Iowa. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors April 2011 Preview

Iowa Outdoors April 2011 Preview

posted on March 31, 2011

Explore Iowa's longest and most spectacular cave, witness the population rebound of prairie chickens in southern Iowa, visit Wapsipinicon State Park, and discover the paintings of wildlife artist and Iowa native Maynard Reece on the April 2011... Read More »
Iowa Outdoors | More Winter Activities (#102)

Iowa Outdoors | More Winter Activities (#102)

posted on February 18, 2011

Full Program: Go cold water kayaking, study Iowa's deer population, try out dogsledding and spend time with wildlife photographer Neil Rettig. Check out Chef Jon Benedict's recipe for venison stew. Read More »
Neil Rettig, Wildlife Cinematographer

Neil Rettig, Wildlife Cinematographer

posted on February 18, 2011

Emmy-award winning nature cinematographer Neil Rettig shares his passion for the outdoors. Read More »
Cold Water Kayaking, Des Moines River, Iowa

Cold Water Kayaking, Des Moines River, Iowa

posted on February 18, 2011

Paddle with hard-core winter kayakers for a mix of exercise and eagle viewing on the Des Moines River. Read More »
Venison Stew & Jalapeno Corn Bread, with Chef Jon Benedict

Venison Stew & Jalapeno Corn Bread, with Chef Jon Benedict

posted on February 18, 2011

Chef Jon Benedict shares a delicious recipe for an under-appreciated wild game. Check out his version of venison stew. Read More »
Aerial Deer Surveys, Iowa

Aerial Deer Surveys, Iowa

posted on February 18, 2011

Ever wondered how the Iowa DNR estimates the state's deer population? Iowa Outdoors joins a pair of wildlife experts for a mathematical exercise in herd management. Read More »
Dog Sledding, Great Western Trail, Warren County, Iowa

Dog Sledding, Great Western Trail, Warren County, Iowa

posted on February 18, 2011

Amanda Mullen takes a dash down the Great Western trail with a pack of Siberian Huskies. Read More »
Silo Ice Climbing, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Silo Ice Climbing, Cedar Falls, Iowa

posted on December 17, 2010

Near Cedar Falls, a band of flatland mountaineers have found a unique solution to our sometimes vertically-challenged state by icing down the side of a grain bin. While the 80 feet of vertical ice is a challenge to even the most experienced... Read More »
Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Pheasant Casserole & Garlic Biscuits

Cooking With Chef Jon Benedict: Pheasant Casserole & Garlic Biscuits

posted on December 17, 2010

Chef Jon Benedict shares a recipe for a pheasant casserole that will stick to your ribs and warm you up on a cold winter's day. Read More »
Nature Photography with Don Poggensee

Nature Photography with Don Poggensee

posted on December 17, 2010

The work of wildlife photographer Don Poggensee has appeared in over 70 magazines and newspapers around the world. At the DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Poggensee shares some tips that could help you take better nature pictures. Read More »
Seeding Iowa's Fields with Pheasants

Seeding Iowa's Fields with Pheasants

posted on December 17, 2010

With dwindling pheasant populations in Iowa, some hunters may turn to a new law allowing the release of pen-reared birds. Read More »
Spirit Lake, Where Ice Fishing is Hot

Spirit Lake, Where Ice Fishing is Hot

posted on December 17, 2010

Lakeside communities in Iowa can't afford to go into hibernation during Iowa's long cold winters. On Spirit Lake, the ice fishing is so hot it warms up local businesses. Read More »
Iowa Outdoors | Winter Activities (#101)

Iowa Outdoors | Winter Activities (#101)

posted on December 17, 2010

Full Program: The premiere episode of Iowa Outdoors brings viewers to frozen farm silos in northeast Iowa for a one-of-a-kind ice climbing experience, record-breaking ice fishing on Spirit Lake, pheasant restoration efforts across Iowa, and the beauty of fall... Read More »

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