“Tennessee Uncharted”—the television show for Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency that shines a light on fascinating people, places and adventures across our state—was awarded first place for a television series by the Association for Conservation Information on July 16 at its annual conference in Flagstaff, Ariz. ACI is a nonprofit association of information and education professionals representing state, federal and Canadian agencies and private conservation organizations.

TWRA partnered with Designsensory to share Tennessee’s one-of-a-kind outdoors story by capturing and conveying moments in an entertaining and compelling way through a ground-breaking TV show. “Tennessee Uncharted” premiered  on public television stations across Tennessee in November 2014.

The outdoors-focused show features Tennessee’s unique locations, interesting folks, outstanding recreational activities and deep-rooted culture. Each weekly show highlights unusual adventures such as kayaking, bird-watching, hang gliding, as well as traditional hunting and fishing. Along the way, host and musician Erick Baker offers viewers incredible stories through interviews with some of the state’s most fascinating characters. Acclaimed for his music, Erick brings to TWRA a fresh voice grounded in his childhood experiences in the Tennessee outdoors.

Knoxville-based PopFizz is the exclusive production partner for “Tennessee Uncharted” and is currently shooting Season 2, which will begin airing November 2015. The show’s crew, along with Designsensory and TWRA, collaborate to bring stories and visuals together that will inspire Tennesseans.

“Just having the opportunity to work with an agency of TWRA’s caliber and the crew with character that we have in ‘Tennessee Uncharted’ has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” said PopFizz Producer Taylor Walters. “But to be recognized by a community of respected conservationists as having created a message that is affecting real change, represents an honor that we will forever hold dear.”

Other shows recognized by ACI were Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s “Outdoor Oklahoma” and Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Arizona “Wildlife Views.”

For more information on “Tennessee Uncharted,” or to watch past episodes, visit TNUncharted.comTennessee Uncharted Youtube Channel or facebook.com/TNuncharted.