By Kelsey Derby
It’s been cold. Really cold. And that’s nothing new for Minnesotans yet every year when the wicked weather strikes, dogs are left unwalked, cars are left freezing under the snow, and all anyone wants to do is curl up with a cup of tea and watch some television.
Some of you weekend warriors may disagree, but nevertheless we’ve compiled a list of shows that allow you to explore the world, see beautiful landscapes, and enjoy nature all from the comfort of the indoors (even if it is after a day of snowshoeing). Escape with us!
Read on for great shows found on TPT Passport that bring the outdoors, indoors.
Don’t know what TPT Passport is? It’s our online member benefit that allows access to thousands of TPT shows right at your fingertips. All it requires is a $5+ monthly donation and a computer, a smart TV, a tablet or whatever device you use to watch your favorite shows! Download the PBS app for easy viewing.
Nature’s New Series on The Alps
The High Life
In Europe’s highest mountain range, discover how Eurasian lynx, griffon vultures, ibex, marmots and more face extreme seasonal fluctuations, from volatile thunderstorms and landslides of summer to avalanches and frozen temperatures of winter. In Part One of the miniseries The Alps, enjoy the Alps in spring and summertime as newborn animals grow up to face the coming brutal winter.
In the second and final part of Nature’s miniseries The Alps, experience the hostile and bitter cold ecosystems of the Alps, shaped by snow blizzards and avalanches.
The Rest of the Nature Series
Nature, television’s longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.
TPT Passport has 15+ seasons of the show available to watch on demand.
Islands of Wonder
Journey to three of the most exotic, mysterious and remote islands on the planet: Madagascar, Borneo and Hawaii. Isolated from the rest of the world, they harbor remarkable wildlife and pioneering human communities found nowhere else on Earth.
Rick Steves’ Europe Collection
Rick Steves’ Europe offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. His years as America’s most popular European guidebook author blends with his relaxed but informative style to make this one of public television’s most popular series.
10+ seasons available to watch on TPT Passport.
Check out the most recent installment: Why We Travel. In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism…or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe Rick Steves shares his reasons why. This special episode is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel.
Age of Nature
Explore humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife, as scientists and conservationists from all over the world examine ways we can restore our planet.
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style-setters who keep their communities’ traditions alive and create new ones. Rosenthal visits kitchens on and off the gastronomic path.
Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
For more than 17 years, TV host Samantha Brown has been exploring all four corners of the world, visiting more than 260 cities in 62 countries, sharing her adventures and introducing new cultures to viewers. Now, the two-time Emmy Award-winner embarks on her next journey with her new travel series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love. Unlike a traditional travelogue show with a formulaic itinerary, Places to Love delivers decidedly refreshing and enriching travel experiences by taking viewers on a discovery of the emotional heart of travel and highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.
Prehistoric Road Trip
Join Emily Graslie for a summer road trip through America’s dinosaur country on a search for mysterious creatures and bizarre ecosystems that have shaped Earth.
Europe’s New Wild
Explore the resurgence of iconic wildlife and natural processes across Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes, from the Arctic Circle to rich river wetlands, from deep forests to rugged mountain peaks.
The Desert Speaks
The Desert Speaks is an Emmy award-winning series focusing on desert regions around the world. Much more than a nature documentary, The Desert Speaks presents stories about the people, cultures, plants, animals and geological features encountered on travel adventures in deserts near and far away.
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