The National Trout Center (NTC) is an environmental learning center situated at the wellspring of the stream trout fisheries of the upper midwest. Its mission is “to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness”. Fulfilling this mission will entail developing public interest and dedication to environmental stewardship that will sustain the stream habitats essential to trout production. The function of our permanent home will be to ground the special habitat requirements of trout in the physical environment of the unglaciated region of southeastern Minnesota and surrounding states.
The report entitled “A Concept Master Plan for Construction of a Permanent Home” presents an artist’s conception of the idea of a permanent home for the National Trout Center. This report, prepared by the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota, identifies how the permanent home building might be situated on a riverfront site on the banks of the South Branch of the Root River at Preston, Minnesota. While this is not the only site or design possible, the report iillustrates how a permanent home can be designed to fulfill the mission of the NTC while complementing the natural beauty of the karst geology underlying the driftless region of the upper midwest.