JOHNSTON, IOWA (April 11, 2019) — Iowans can experience their state in new ways during Iowa Public Television's new three-part series, "Iowa Land and Sky". Leveraging the latest advancements in aerial-drone cinematography and interviews with experts, this limited-series brings viewers a unique bird's-eye perspective of the state's landforms, waterways, and towns from the Loess Hills in western Iowa to the Mississippi River on the state's eastern border. Episodes will air Thursdays at 6:30PM April 24, May 1, and May 8; and Saturdays at 9AM April 27, May 4, and May 11. "Loess Hills and Prairies" — April 24 and 27: Journey from the prairies of central Iowa to the Loess Hills on our state's western rim to experience the scenic vistas, geologic history and environmental challenges facing these landforms. "The Mississippi River" — May 1 and 4: Explore the eastern border of Iowa along the Mississippi River including dramatic aerial-cinematography, peregrine falcon-restoration, and river-commerce. "Iowa Cities, Towns, and Waterways" — May 8 and 11: Explore how Iowa's largest cities and smallest towns are often defined by waterways, flooding, and environmental challenges in the 21st century.  Through television broadcast-specials, online-experiences, and social-media conversations, "Iowa Land and Sky" presents an entertaining and educational exploration of Iowa's communities, natural environments, and environmental challenges. The visuals and stories created through the project will help all Iowans better appreciate the ecological and geological diversity of their state. IPTV began sharing stories online and through its social-media channels during fall 2018. A one-hour special also premiered on March 6, 2019. Support for "Iowa Land and Sky" is provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) and the Gilchrist Foundation. Learn more at   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; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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