‘Outdoor Idaho’ Presents Hourlong Encores in August

Enjoy the beauty and wonder of Idaho’s great outdoors from the comfort of your indoor oasis with hourlong encores of Outdoor Idaho in August. Outdoor Idaho airs Thursdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM. Or stream episodes On Demand the same day.


Idaho Geology, A Convergence of Wonders airs August 3 and 6. The Gem State’s story is written in stone, which reveals the forces that produced a landscape that unites, divides, and binds together Idahoans. Geologists Bill Bonnichsen and Marty Godchaux lead a tour through the complexities of the topic. Outdoor enthusiasts play amid unique formations — they ski on sand dunes, kayak through canyons, raft over waterfalls, climb rocky outcroppings, and dive into fossil water. The special includes videos of geologic events and examples gathered over decades.

Wooden Boats, Wondrous Lakes airs August 10 and 13. Film crews follow the wake of classic boats, with their graceful lines, across Idaho’s big lakes, and meet the people who have made the restoration of wooden boats their passion. The hourlong program visits wooden boat shows in McCall, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, and explores the character of these wooden works of art.

Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner airs August 17 and 20. The lush southwestern corner of the park that extends from Wyoming into Idaho is a region of huge meadows, twisting canyons, and countless waterfalls. Reached on foot or by horseback, these 200 square miles of the park are a wonderful wilderness escape for hardy adventurers.

Gold Rush Days and Ghost Towns airs August 24 and 27. Thousands of gold seekers pour into Idaho Territory in the 1860s constructing instant cities in rugged terrain. This look at the past and present of these towns — some only a memory, others active county seats — includes interviews with descendants of the miners of yesteryear.

Idaho’s Scenic Byways airs August 31 and September 3. Cameras capture scenes from the state’s system of more than 2,400 miles of official Scenic, Historic or Backcountry byways. The routes crisscross the state to reveal natural wonders, geologic and historic sites, and the varied topography of Idaho.


IdahoPTV Announces New Internship Opportunities

Idaho Public Television is celebrating our tradition of mentoring students majoring in journalism, mass media, communication, public relations, event planning, marketing, education, new media, nonprofit management, and human resources by announcing a new internship program for college students in their junior to graduate-level years of study.


Work With the Best, Learn From the Best

Idaho Public Television is an agency of the State of Idaho operating under licenses held by the State Board of Education, and is the most watched public television station in the U.S. per capita. Our award-winning, locally produced programming earns accolades and awards from local, state, and national professional media organizations and associations year after year.

Explore and Expand Your Horizons

Internships are mutually beneficial to students and our stations. Many of Idaho’s current broadcast professionals and employees began their careers with Idaho Public Television. Hands-on experience in the industry complements what is learned in the classroom and prepares a new generation of broadcasting specialists from a variety of majors and experiences.

Idaho Public Television is pleased to announce the following internship opportunities:


Development Department Events Coordination Internships

The unpaid, first year Development Department internship allows the selected interns to develop a portfolio that involves completing a variety of event coordination projects for a dynamic member-supported organization.

If the student completes the qualifying internship at the level of expectation, he or she may be invited back for additional internships with Idaho Public Television. Follow-up internships involve paid opportunities to participate in additional or more responsible Development Department activities.

Date: Fall semester internship begins mid-September. Spring semester internship begins mid-January.

Hrs/Wk: Flexible 8–10 hours per week averaged over 3 days per week. Idaho Public Television will work with class schedule.

Skill Sets: Spreadsheet creation and entry

Organizational expertise

Presentation software (PowerPoint) development

Microsoft Office programs

Strong writing and proofreading skills


Working with confidential information

College Majors: Junior, senior, or graduate-level public relations, communications, marketing, nonprofit management, or related fields of study

Mentors: Director of Membership and Director of Major Gifts

Application Deadlines: Fall semester application deadline is August 31, 2017. Spring semester application deadline is November 30, 2017.

Interviews Schedule: To be determined


Internship Consists of Five Mini Projects

Project 1: IdahoPTV and the Development Function
  • Orientation and onboarding
  • Job shadowing
  • Departments within Development
  • Fundraising 101
Project 2: Event Planning, Execution, and Follow-Up
  • Event time line
  • Invites, e-vites, and RSVPs
  • Publicity platforms (social media, letters, e-blasts, etc.)
  • Sponsorship and Membership events
Project 3: Prospecting
  • Compile and organize donor records and information points from multiple data sources
  • Collect and organize information for staff follow-up
  • Output: streamlined communication plan and strategies for tracking and following up with Planned Giving prospects
Project 4: Solicitation and Appreciation
  • Member/donor renewals
  • Thank-you letters/mail merge projects
  • Segmentation and individualization
Project 5: Event Planning and Execution: On-Air Fundraising Each Year in December and March
  • Executing volunteer management and training
  • Phone bank and other in-kind donations solicitations


Interested?  Here are the relevant details:


  • Currently enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Junior to graduate student status; GPA of 2.8 overall, 3.0 or better in major.  Internships can be for academic credit-hours or for building real-world experience.  The first internship is unpaid. Some internships are renewable and may be eligible for a salary or stipend in succeeding years.
  • Student is responsible for travel to and from internship base location (travel to internship city, and to and from work or while on the job), living expenses, and health insurance.
  • Students seeking academic credit for the internship(s) may not be eligible for paid internships. Check with your campus for details.

Application Process:

Please reference the name of the internship in the subject line of all correspondence to ensure proper routing. Interested students should email the following materials to susannah.arnim@idahoptv.org:

  • For students requesting academic credit, submit a copy of the internship requirements and guidelines for employers, as well as contact information for the professor or dean who is in charge of internships at your school
  • current resume
  • letter of intent expressing your qualifications and interest in a specific internship, and your goals for the internship
  • school advisor’s contact information
  • copies of transcripts from higher education institutions you have attended
  • letter of recommendation from the department head or a past or current professor who has taught you in a class in your field of study
  • summer or semester (fall or spring) for which you are applying if applicable.


Idaho Public Television Diversity Statement:

It is the policy of Idaho Public Television to create an environment that supports diversity in all aspects of employment and in the daily operation of the enterprise. This diversity policy also carries over to the communities we serve through programming, community outreach, and our involvement in local and national organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.

At Idaho Public Television we value the contributions of each unique individual regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, veteran status, religious or political beliefs or other ideologies. This policy not only applies to our employment practices but is manifested in our culture where we view diversity as a strength to be developed and encouraged.

We choose to take positive actions to promote and encourage diversity and the personal development of each full-time and part-time employee of our organization, and include individuals representing diverse groups in internships to provide a meaningful professional-level experience to represent the diversity of the communities we serve, and to further public broadcasting’s commitment to education.

Idaho Public Television is an equal opportunity employer. We have adopted and will always meet the standards of federal and state law, state statutes, our own Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, and F.C.C. diversity reporting requirements.

In addition, as a State of Idaho agency, we support and abide by the State Board of Education’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Sexual Harassment Policies. Since 2013, Idaho Public Television has held an annual diversity training program for management and staff that underscores our continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

Internship Contact:

Susannah Arnim, Human Resource Specialist

(208)  373-7340



Thank You to Our Leadership Circle and Partners

At Idaho Public Television we seek to provide every citizen with programming and services that educate, inform, and inspire. For more than 50 years, your support has helped us accomplish these goals.

Idaho Public Television relies on the sustained generosity and dedication of our members now more than ever. We would like to recognize and thank the esteemed members of our Leadership Circle ($1,000+) and Partners ($500-999) for their support during Fiscal Year 2017. These groups are comprised of our most generous annual contributors, whose philanthropic giving supports our mission to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich lives.

Please consider partnering with Idaho Public Television by becoming a member of our Leadership Circle or Partners today! More information >>



‘Voices of Fire’ Examines Lessons Learned From Western Wildfires

On August 10, 2015, the Soda Fire started as a small wildfire in the remote Owyhee Mountains, southwest of Boise. High winds, soaring temperatures, and low humidity came together to create the perfect conditions for an explosive wildfire. Despite their best efforts, wildland firefighters from numerous government agencies and local municipalities could not control the fire.

Soda Fire Hugo Sindelar
The Soda Fire, 2015. Photo by Hugo Sindelar

An independent documentary from regional filmmaker Hugo Sindelar, Voices of Fire (airing Wednesday, August 30, at 9 PM) may be the story of this one wildfire, but it is also a larger discussion about how we manage our Western landscapes moving forward to help prevent fires like this from happening again.

The film explores the uniqueness of the Soda Fire and its effect on the people of Idaho. Many ranchers lost over 90 percent of their grazeable land. Without food for their cattle, many may now be forced to sell all of them in an effort to survive. Numerous ranchers provide their unique stories on how the fire affected them, how they plan to cope with their losses, and their thoughts on what can be done to prevent another fire in the area.

The film also follows the extensive rehabilitation efforts undertaken by both the Bureau of Land Management and ranchers, who have quickly mobilized in an effort to reseed the landscape and prevent the spread of invasive cheatgrass, the encroachment of which has increased fire frequency and severity across the West.

While many questions about how to prevent another Soda Fire remain open for debate, the community response in Idaho has helped those affected heal and move on from the damage. Voices of Fire tells the story of these Idaho communities and helps facilitate a discussion about how to manage Western landscapes to prevent these catastrophic fires in the future.

Following the film, Outdoor Idaho encores Wild Fire (August 30 at 9:30 PM).

Outdoor Idaho Wild Fire
A firefighter near Yellow Pine, 2007. Photo by Jay Krajic

What happens when the extreme becomes the norm, when something you thought you understood is now literally off the charts? That’s the question fire officials were asking themselves on August 20, 2007, as all conditions pointed to another monstrous fire season, similar to that of 1910.

The fires of 2007 scorched almost two million acres in Idaho alone, continuing the trend of bigger, hotter wildfires in the West. Wild Fire follows the flames to Yellow Pine, Ketchum, and the Salmon River to capture the competition between fire and firefighter.

The Wild Fire website includes in-depth information on wildfire science and preparation, as well as extended interviews with fire experts.

Many Ways to Watch Idaho Public Television

Now more than ever, Idaho Public Television gives viewers the flexibility to watch recently aired programs anytime, anywhere, on most any connected device.

Broadcast around the clock, our four FREE high-definition over-the-air channels provide a wide array of science, nature, arts, entertainment, and instructional programming for children and adults.


Programs are available for viewers to stream on demand for a limited time from our website; on their phone or tablet via the PBS app; and on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and other over-the-top (OTT) streaming devices.

IdahoPTV Passport gives members access to additional programming with more than 1,000 hours of additional streaming content. To become an IdahoPTV member, visit our membership page, phone (800) 543-6868, or email the member services team.

Idaho Public Television Memorial Gifts

Honor the memory of a loved one with a memorial gift through Idaho Public Television.

Memorial gifts are placed in Idaho Public Television’s Endowment Fund, making them gifts that keep on giving. Gifts of any size help sustain the future of the quality programs you have come to expect from IdahoPTV.

Numerous payment options are available to easily facilitate the one-time gift, including cash, checks, credit card, and stock transfers. Gifts may also be completed over a one-year time frame through installment payments or payroll deduction.

Please consider Idaho Public Television when making your memorial gifts! More information >>

Memorial Gifts

‘Outdoor Idaho’ Profiles Artists in Nature

Idaho’s varied landscapes challenge us to explore and invite us to imagine. Her natural Outdoor Idahowonders stir the senses, inspiring artistic expression in many forms. In July, Outdoor Idaho follows four artists on their journey to create and inspire with the natural majesty of Idaho as their muse. “Creative License” premieres Thursday, July 13, at 8:00 PM.

For singer-songwriter Casey Kristofferson, the mountains of central Idaho are a majestic backdrop against which to write and record his mountain music.

Singer-songwriter Casey Kristofferson in the White Clouds
Casey Kristofferson finds inspiration in the White Clouds

Sculptor John Grade finds his muse in the form of a lava tube at Craters of the Moon National Monument and creates a wooden sculpture based on a digital scan of the tube’s interior.

John Grade stands inside his sculpture of a lava tube

Alexandra Paliwoda forges iron into functional art from her blacksmith shop in the Valley of the Tetons near the Wyoming border.

And photographer Jon Mills chases storm clouds across the desert to capture digital images of stunning desert lightning storms in southern Idaho — he’s even been hit by lightning!

Lightning storm near Twin Falls. Photo by Jon Mills
Lightning storm near Twin Falls. Photo by Jon Mills

“Idaho’s outdoors can inspire all of us to dream, but only a handful have the talent and dedication to turn that dream into reality,” says “Creative License” producer Sauni Symonds. “I enjoy sharing the stories of those who honor nature and the outdoors by preserving its essence through their own creative license.”

Stream or View, It’s Up to You “Creative License” on Outdoor Idaho airs Thursday, July 13, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 16, at 7:00 PM. Stream it On Demand the same day.