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Help us expand!

Environmental Education has always been at the core of what we do.  We offer a variety of programs year-round to groups of all ages. COMING SOON! The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse is increasing the size of the greenhouse and creating a dedicated community learning space. Children from 2-100 years old will benefit from our expanded educational programs. Our enlarged tropical display area will take you deeper into the tropical jungle to see incredible plants and amazing animals. Come experience the largest collegiate Orchid species collection in the country! Our new Center will provide a vibrant space to experience nature in an immersive and hands-on learning environment! 

Last year over 10,000 visitors came to the Ball State University Field Station properties, which includes the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, Christy Woods, and other outdoor properties. Almost 6,000 of those visitors took part in programs that meet state and national science standards.  In addition, over 3,000 casual visitors enjoyed the orchids and other biological wonders. We anticipate even greater visitation in the future and are excited about growing our contribution to the young minds of our region, the Ball State University students, and community members from Muncie and East-Central Indiana. 

We are 90% of the way to our goal of $1,250,000 for this project and need your help! Our timeline is to complete fundraising by September 2020. 

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How you can help:

  1. You may give any day online at bsu.edu/give(Select "Other" and enter: Greenhouse Renovation Project | Fund #919)
  2. On April 7, 2020, One Ball State Day, you may give to the "Greenhouse Renovation Project | Fund #919." Click on "Rinard Orchid Greenhouse."
  3. Visit the greenhouse to pick up a pledge form and learn more about the project.

To learn more about this wonderful project for our community, visit our Vimeo page.

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