Oklahoma State University is building a modern Greenhouse Learning Center that will better prepare career-ready professionals to enter the horticulture industry.
It will include cutting-edge irrigation systems, intense climate and humidity control, and other technology standards in the horticulture industry.
Students will provide their communities with plants, cut flowers and food, bringing color and life to the world around them
The new learning center will replace and improve functions of OSU's existing teaching greenhouses, creating a dynamic learning laboratory that supports modern pedagogy and industry best practices.
The Greenhouse Learning Center will primarily serve horticulture and landscape architecture students, however, those in agricultural education, communications and leadership; plant and soil sciences; natural resources ecology and management; and entomology and plant pathology also will benefit from using the greenhouses.
The new facility will create opportunities for more robust Extension programs and better support existing curriculum. That includes the annual student-run plant sale, which give students hands-on experience at every stage of the business cycle for plant propagation, management, and retail.
In addition to six greenhouses - including an isolate entomology greenhouse - the learning center will house a modern classroom, a head house, an office, a plant-prep area and ample storage for soil, equipment and chemicals such as fertilizer and pest-management materials. A large foyer may be used for events and student club meetings.
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