5 Things You Should Know About the Greenhouse Learning Center
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University recently broke ground for the Greenhouse Learning Center. Set to open in 2019, the new Learning Center will improve and add value to campus. Here are five things to know about Oklahoma State’s newest project:
- The Learning Center is more than just a single greenhouse. In total, there will be six new greenhouses with the learning center, including a separate house for entomology. Along with the greenhouses there will be a new modern classroom, office, plant prep area, storage area for soil and chemicals, and a large foyer for club meetings and student gatherings. The project is expansive and will be appreciated by students and professors.
- Cutting-edge technology will prepare students for their future careers. The Greenhouse Learning Center will feature front-line technology that’s standard for commercial horticulturalists. Some of these features are new irrigation systems, intense climate and humidity control components, and new ways to use hydroponics. Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, and uses 90 percent less water. Students and researchers will be able to produce more using less resources.
- The Greenhouse Learning Center will affect generations of students on campus. While the new space will mostly be used by horticulture and landscape architecture students, many other fields of study will utilize the Learning Center. For example, students studying Agricultural Education, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Plant and Soil Sciences will use the Greenhouse Learning Center.
- Stillwater, and Oklahoma, will feel the benefits of a new state-of-the-art greenhouse. The Learning Center will also aid in community development. Students will be able to produce better-quality produce and plants for fundraising opportunities. Also, children will be able to come to the greenhouses and watch their own plants grow during special camp sessions.
- The Greenhouse Learning Center will beautify campus and attract students. Lastly, the new facility will match OSU’s architecture better than the existing greenhouses, initially built over 50 years ago for cotton research. In the 1980s they were transferred to the horticulture and landscape department for teaching purposes. New greenhouses will help OSU recruit and retain students interested in studying plants and agriculture.
The Greenleaf Nursery Head House was named in recognition of the Oklahoma-based company, which gave a $1 million gift to the project. The nursery’s president and CEO, Randy Davis, is an OSU alumnus, along with chairman of the board Austin Kenyon. There are still many opportunities for people to get involved in the project. Go to osugiving.com/greenhouse to see how you can impact OSU, and help to finish the Greenhouse Learning Center.