Johnston, Iowa - Iowa Public Television's Iowa Outdoors returns for its eighth season with more features than ever before. Join hosts Scott Siepker and Kellie Kramer as they travel around Iowa learning about outdoor recreation, environmental issues, conservation initiatives and Iowa's natural resources. Season 8 premieres Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Iowa Outdoors provides in-depth explorations of our state's natural environments and the Iowans who enjoy them. This season features 10 new episodes filled with adventures from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River, including outdoor activities, conservation, nature photography and a variety of Iowa trails featured in the program's Trail-in-a-Minute segment. New this season, each episode will also highlight an outdoor area or state park from above through drone videography. "Iowa Outdoors brings viewers stories of people, places and adventure, from border to border, from water to land to the sky," said executive producer Andrew Batt. "We bring you the beauty of Iowa with more features than ever before." In the season premiere, skim the lakes near Waterloo with the legendary Waterhawks ski team, fly above Lake Okoboji alongside a drone photographer and experience innovative efforts to bring trout from the stream to the classroom. Following the May 2 premiere, viewers can see this episode again Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. New episodes of Iowa Outdoors will air weekly Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. For a complete program schedule and to watch full episodes, visit Iptv.org/IowaOutdoors. The series is produced in conjunction with Iowa Outdoors magazine, which is published six times a year by the Iowa Department of the Natural Resources and available at IowaOutdoorsMagazine.com. Funding for Iowa Outdoors is provided by Alliant Energy Foundation and The Claude P. Small, Kathryn Small Cousins and William Carl Cousins Fund at the Lincoln Way Community Foundation. For more information about Iowa Public Television, please contact Susan Ramsey at 515.725.9703 or Susan.Ramsey@iptv.org.  - 30 - Iowa Public Television is Iowa's only statewide television network. IPTV's mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans guides its quality, noncommercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: IPTV (.1), IPTV KIDS (.2), IPTV WORLD (.3) and IPTV Create (.4) on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at Iptv.org

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