Podcasts to help you escape | Cal Parks
Published: April 16, 2020

Podcasts are a great (and free!) way to experience another part of the world. From the comfort of your own home, close your eyes and try one of these outdoor and nature-themed podcasts to instantly be transported to another place. California State Parks Foundation staff have recommended a few of their favorites, so no matter which one you pick, an adventure awaits!

Mountain & Prairie 

Focusing on the American West, Mountain & Prairie focuses on interviews with innovators in the region. Conservationists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and ranchers are among some of the topics approached.


Outside In

This podcast explores the natural world and our connection to it through engaging investigative reporting and storytelling. Tune in for a deep dive into the history of solar power, personal stories from communities affected by natural disasters, a look inside the billion-dollar flower industry, and everything in between!

Dirtbag Diaries

A great podcast for anyone passionate about the outdoors. The storytelling is compelling and transportive, and I’m often inspired to plan my next adventure after listening. People share all types of personal experiences about hiking, biking, climbing… you name it. It started 13 years ago as a grassroots podcast and now has over 250 episodes.

The BBC Earth Podcast

The BBC Earth Podcast uses a mix of sound design, storytelling, and incredible production to transport the listener across the world. From the bottom of the ocean, to the rainforest, each episode brings a new experience.

BirdNote Sound Escapes

Over the course of seven beautifully-crafted episodes, soundscapes are intertwined with stories about birds around the world.

The Mongabay Newscast

Mongabay started as a nonprofit news source dedicated to rainforests and has since grown into a global publication on environmental issues. The Mongabay Newscast is a bi-weekly podcast that shares the latest developments on global environmental issues, with a helpful dose of inspiration and positivity.


From Wyoming Public Radio, the HumaNature Podcast explores the way humans interact with their environment. The stories are broad and powerful, from an Iraq War veteran hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, to the first all Black-American team to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, everyone can find inspiration in these hour-long episodes.