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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Pioneer PBS’s Prairie Sportsman will feature the National Eagle Center’s expansion in Wabasha and mentoring young fly fishers on its upcoming episode. “Things that Fly” will air on Pioneer PBS. 

The first segment in this episode, “A Sacred Symbol,” shows the major expansion project taking place at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Beside more educational displays, the Center is showcasing the art and culture of local Native American people and is displaying items from Preston Cook’s 40,000-piece eagle collection. The Center also built an amphitheater and boat dock for visitors. 

The next segment, “Foster the Outdoors,” features a mentorship program launched by Minnesota Trout Unlimited in 2017 to connect youth to the outdoors through fly fishing. Prairie Sportsman visits Phalen Park in St. Paul where volunteer mentors teach youth how to tie knots and cast a fly rod, then they try out their new skills in the park’s stream. The organization’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore the state’s coldwater fisheries that sustain a healthy trout population. Through Foster the Outdoors, Trout Unlimited seeks to inspire kids to become lifelong environmental stewards. 

People in Pioneer PBS’s viewing area can livestream this episode at on Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. “Things that Fly” will be repeated on Monday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The program will also be available to stream at and on Prairie Sportsman’s YouTube page at

About Prairie Sportsman

Produced by Pioneer PBS, Prairie Sportsman is an Emmy-awarded series that celebrates love of the outdoors by featuring stories on hunting, fishing and recreation, while promoting environmental stewardship. Prairie Sportsman’s team is Dylan Curfman, producer, videographer and editor; Bret Amundson, host and editor; Cindy Dorn, writer and producer; and Dan Amundson, videographer and editor. The 2023 season is made possible by funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, Shalom Hill Farm, Live Wide Open, Western Minnesota Prairie Waters and members of Pioneer PBS.

About Pioneer PBS

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