Ball State University has two greenhouses, both located within Christy WoodsThe Orchid Greenhouse and the Teaching and Research Greenhouse are both available to visit and study.

Both greenhouses are open to the public for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please contact our education program coordinator, Erica Forstater, to schedule a visit.

The greenhouses are located in the southwest area of the Ball State campus. Pedestrian access is via University Avenue or Riverside Avenue and the parking lot next to Ball Gym. Limited parking is available near the greenhouse, adjacent to Christy Woods. Please contact the greenhouse at 765-285-8822 for parking information or questions about visiting the greenhouse.


Volunteers are very important to Christy Woods and the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse.

The Field Station and Environmental Education Center invites interested Ball State students and community members to become a docent for the Rinard Orchid greenhouse. Upon completing required training, our new docent program will allow a small number of select volunteers to greet visitors and assist with tours at the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse.

Please e-mail the Field Station if you would like to volunteer to become a docent.