The National Eagle Center’s summer fishing program, Fishing for Eagles, is ready for the kids in 2017.
Fishing for Eagles is an experiential learning opportunity for kids ages 15 and younger. With paid admission, kids can use fishing poles, life jackets and lead-free tackle provided by the National Eagle Center to catch fish in the Mississippi River during their visit.
Over 650 kids participated in the program during summer 2016.
“Fishing for eagles is an experiential learning opportunity that touches on a range of topics for kids,” said Scott Mehus, educational director at the National Eagle Center. “They learn about the native species of fish in the Mississippi River. They learn the importance of using lead-free tackle as it relates to bald eagles and environment. It’s an opportunity to observe birds and other native wildlife, and for many kids, it’s their first experience with fishing. It’s a great way to experience the outdoors.”
Participants can fish off the public dock located outside the National Eagle Center and they can donate fish of legal size to help feed the resident bald eagles.
Fishing for Eagles runs every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 14 through August 31.
The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Offering wild eagle viewing and live eagle programs daily, the National Eagle Center fosters environmental stewardship through education about eagles and the Mississippi River watershed. For more information about upcoming events at the National Eagle Center, visit nationaleaglecenter.org.