The Nature of Idaho

Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00am

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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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The Nature of Idaho Season 1 Audio

The Nature of Idaho Season 2 Audio

Are your kids staring at the screen too much? On this episode, Dr. Scott Sampson from Dinosaur Train joins us to talk about How to raise a wild child. Don’t miss it.

Idaho is wilder than you did it get this way? This episode, Craig Gehrke from The Wilderness Society tells us about their efforts to preserve wilderness in our state.

Leif Tapanilla and Peter Pruett interview Journalist Kris Millgate. She’s an outdoor journalist based in Idaho Falls, and she’s just completed an epic project, following salmon as they make the long journey home from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain rivers of Idaho where they were born.

Hosts Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett talk with Aimee Kelley about restoring native plants, big and small.

What’s it like to fight fires on a mountainside? Hosts Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruitt find out from Randy Anderson, who’s with the Snake River HotShot Crew for the Bureau of Land Management.