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The half-hour program features Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent, and Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, highlighting how the Gem State’s wild places have shaped Idaho’s past, present and future. The show features segments on nature news and a fun fact.

“Idaho has so much to offer in terms of varied landscapes, habitats, geology, and people,” said Peter Pruett. “ ‘The Nature of Idaho’ is about sharing our excitement for all that is wild Idaho - the places and the faces.”

"We hope our listeners will take a little time with us to reconnect with nature, whether we're talking about digging up dinosaurs or listening to crickets in the backyard,” said Dr. Leif Tapanila. “There's always something amazing going on outside."

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Latest Episodes
  • Dr. Leif Tapanila & Peter Pruett celebrate the 100th episode of The Nature of Idaho with Jeff Roper, the weatherman on Local News 8, to discuss the weather! This episode was recorded at Jim Dandy's Brewing in Pocatello.
  • Join Dr. Leif Tapanila & Peter Pruett as they discuss the remarkable flooding events in Yellowstone National Park with Grant Meyer from the University of New Mexico.
  • Join our hosts, Dr. Leif Tapanila & Peter Pruett as they discuss growing plants and vegetables in urban areas with Alex Brooks.
  • Join our hosts Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about growing vegetables and gardening in urban areas with guest, Alex Brooks!
  • Join our hosts for this episode of The Nature of Idaho, where we are joined by guest, Dr. Leslie Stewart, the Associate Professor of Counseling at Idaho State University. We will be discussing Animal Assisted Therapy.
  • On the next show, paleontologist Brandon Peecook joins the hosts of The Nature of Idaho to talk Ice Age fossils found in Idaho.
  • This episode of Nature of Idaho, listen to Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruitt as they discuss the Great Invasion of plants and weedy things with Dr. Kathryn Turner, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Idaho State University.
  • This show, Dr. Kendra Kaiser from Boise State University talks about predicting waterflow on promorivers in Idaho, and kayaking too!
  • In this episode of The Nature of Idaho, Leif and Peter welcome Dr. Jesse Barber from Boise State to talk about noise pollution and its effects on wildlife.
  • Treefort is all about music; and it showcases some of Idaho’s best musicians. This March, Leif and Peter chatted with several performers, promoters, and attendees at the annual Treefort Music Festival in Boise.