The National Trout Center, or NTC, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit environmental learning center, incorporated in the State of Minnesota in 2010, and located in the unglaciated region of the midwestern U. S. in Preston, Minnesota. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the NTC operates from a temporary home, open to people of all ages and abilities, throughout the traditional stream trout fishing season in Minnesota (mid-April to the end of September), and for program events scheduled at other times during the year.
To serve its mission, the NTC offers courses designed to engage participants in life-long learning about trout and their cold-water habitats, and to instill appreciation of the intrinsic beauty, cultural value, and economic benefits of these natural resources. These subjects are approached through introductory talks, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning where enjoyment of the activity is heightened by physical participation with the subject matter.
In addition to coursework, the NTC seeks to become the “go to place” for authoritative information about “All Things Trout”. Whereas the physical location of the NTC in southeastern Minnesota serves to disseminate information about trout and trout fisheries locally and regionally, the NTC also serves a broader national and international audience through this website and other social media resources.
For detailed information about current and future courses and activities, please select the “Educational Programs” tab, “Events” calendar and “News and Information” from our home page. For a summary of the first five years of activities of the National Trout Center, you are welcome to download or read (Adobe Acrobat reader required) the following report. Thank you for visiting our site; we welcome any comments or suggestions you may offer that will help us to better serve our public.