PBS show to feature Northeastern Minnesota's wild spaces

"America Outdoors" with Baratunde Thurston airs Tuesday at 8 p.m.

America Outdoors Program Main Image.jpg
The PBS show "America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston" will feature an entire episode on Northeastern Minnesota on Tuesday. The show airs in the Northland at 8 p.m. on WDSE/WRPT.
Contributed / PBS
We are part of The Trust Project.

Northeastern Minnesota will take center stage for an hour-long PBS television show Tuesday night. The nationally televised show, "America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston," focuses on the region’s unspoiled woods and waters and the people who help protect them.

Thurston, a New York Times bestselling author ("How to Be Black"), focuses on issues like the impact of climate change on wild places and how individuals are working to keep wild places wild.

"America Outdoors" is part of a summer-long series in which Thurston travels the country exploring interesting outdoor areas and the people who live and thrive in them.

In northern Minnesota, Thurston hosted segments with Ojibwe wild ricers; talked to artist Anna Orbovich along the Superior Hiking Trail; planted climate-adaptive trees with David and Lisa Abazs near their Finland tree farm; canoed with wilderness activists Dave and Amy Freeman in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; and went birding with Dudley Edmondson, Duluth author, photographer and birder.

The show will air at 8 p.m. on WDSE/WRPT in the Duluth and Iron Range area. It’s also available at and the PBS video app.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
What to read next
Alexandria area fishing guide Mike Frisch, host of the Fishing the Midwest TV series, goes over some of the new gear he is most excited about for targeting bass in clear waters that anglers often see in the Midwest after Frisch spent time in Orlando, Florida recently at the ICAST fishing show.
Members Only
It had been a few years since there was a decent blueberry crop where I pick, but this year the stars aligned.
It's a far cry and a long plane ride from California, but at Tettegouche State Park, visitors to the North Shore can find both the water and as close as we get to the mountains in Minnesota.
One year after the Lake County wildfire, the scorched Superior National Forest, cabin owners and McDougal Lake Campground all show resilience.