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."

Those who are unable to catch the airing of The Nature of Idaho can download a podcast of previous episodes at

The Nature of Idaho Season 1 Audio

The Nature of Idaho Season 2 Audio

Leif and Peter talk with Darrin Lunde author of The Naturalist. It’s about President Theodore Roosevelt and how his life was shaped by his passion for nature and the Wild West. 

McCall Outdoor Science School

Hosts Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett speak with John Banks from Parks and Rec in the City of Pocatello. They talk about parks and the value they bring to our cities.

In the last 50 years Idaho warmed up by 2 degrees F. Are we set to warm even further? Join Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they speak with climate scientist, John Abatzoglou, about impacts to Idaho. 

Join Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they speak with Paulette Jordan. She’s running to represent Idaho in the US Senate -- what inspires her about nature?

Join Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett us as they speak with United States Congressman, Mike Simpson about the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act and what it means for Idahoans!