On the Radio: Algae Blooms in Iowa


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This week’s radio segment discusses cyanobacteria and the potential harm to humans.  Read the transcript below or listen to the audio here. Continue reading

Join hikers across the nation for First Day Hikes


First Day Hikes' participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.
First Day Hikes’ participants. Photo by vastateparksstaff, Flickr.

On January 1, outdoor enthusiasts across the nation will participate in the annual First Day Hikes event.

For this event, people meet at designated nature areas at set times on the first day of the new year to go for a hike.  The idea is to promote exercise and nature appreciation for the upcoming year.

In Iowa, the hikes will take place at Big Creek State Park (Polk County), Walnut Woods State Park (Polk County), Mines of Spain State Recreation area (Dubuque County) and Brushy Creek State Recreation Area (Webster County).

For more information, check out the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ website here.

On the Radio: Experience Iowa’s natural beauty through hiking


Dolliver State Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Photo by DopT, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s discusses the extensive hiking options within Iowa.

When you think of hiking, states like Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana likely come to mind. But have you considered the extensive hiking options available within Iowa?

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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