Episode Schedule


Nov 18/19, 2017 (ITO 1206)  TRAILING ICE AGE MYSTERIES

Lace up your hiking boots as our adventure team explores the mysteries both big and small along Wisconsin’s scenic Ice Age Trail. From east to west, they hike with experts on different sections of this 1000-mile trail to discover glacial mysteries such as drumlins, moraines, eskers, kames, potholes and kettles. They also find some surprises along the way that hiss and croak, while uncovering some truly weird science about what glaciers did to the land some 13,000 years ago.

Nov 25/26, 2017  (ITO 1207) AMAZING ECO-TREK RACE

Better grab your energy bars, extra water, sunblock and adventure gear if you hope to keep up with our ITO kids as they embark on one of the biggest adventures of their lives in The Amazing Eco-Trek Race. Josh, Caroline, Emma, and Jacob begin a gauntlet of physical and mental tests where they are scored on how they face challenges in four environments across Wisconsin. From paddling, to caving, to archery, and biking, they discover new things about their physical limitations while learning many of nature’s secrets in some wild places.

Dec 02/03, 2017 (ITO 1208) Soy Savvy

So what’s the big news with such a little bean? That’s exactly what the team explores as they unravel the history and mystery of this little legume. In revealing the historic roots of the soybean, the ITO kids uncover the secret within the plant’s roots of converting atmospheric nitrogen into nitrogen in the soil – which naturally fertilizes the plants. They also explore how this nitrogen link benefits all kinds of creatures in our food chain – including humans. But perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of this little bean is how it’s used in all kinds of industries – from food production to making bio-fuels and plastics.

Dec 09/10, 2017 (ITO 1501) Cost of Clean Water

To discover sources and solutions to pollution in watersheds across Wisconsin, our ITO team of “Eco-investigators” wade into the science of water quality. From climbing rooftops in Milwaukee to kayaking down remote rivers, the show explores the challenges and technology experts use in protecting our precious water resources.

Dec 16/17, 2017 (ITO 1502) Turning Crude Oil into Gasoline

Our ITO adventure team helps unravel the complex chemistry and physics of how a hi-tech oil refinery turns worthless heavy crude into the transportation fuels that drive and fly our society. You won’t believe what they uncover in rearranging hydrocarbon molecules like Legos! They also explore the refinery’s impacts on local air and water quality.

Dec 23/24, 2017 (ITO 1701) Sensible Sustainable Solutions

More than ever, people are searching for ways to become more sustainable in their homes, communities and as citizens of Planet Earth. In Sensible Sustainable Solutions, our ITO “green team” travel around the countryside exploring sustainable options and solutions to healthier lives, lands and waters. Using a combination of their drone’s eyes in the sky, on the ground experts and digging into the earth itself, they reveal how everyone can make the Planet more sustainable. From the green waters of Green Bay’s hypoxic zone to the lush landscapes of Green Bay Botanical Garden, you’ll discover simple and sensible ways to create healthier ecosystems wherever you live. Who knows, maybe you’ll even grow a green thumb by “going green”.

Dec 30/31, 2017 (ITO 1705) Dam Removal & Restoration

Today, thousands of communities across the country face the challenges of removing outdated dams that threaten to fail.  So they wrestle with the questions of how to remove these old dams and how can dammed rivers be restored? This show reveals how one community struggled to discover the real worth of their river, then worked through the social, emotional and scientific aspects of removing their dam. Watch this program and you’ll also see how they used similar emotion in science to help in restoring an ecosystem that had been impounded for over 100 years.



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