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Rinard Orchid Greenhouse
Greenhouse Expansion and New Environmental Education Center - Help Us Expand!

Environmental Education has always been at the core of what we do.  From our humble beginnings in 1971, the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Species Collection at Ball State University has become a destination for orchids, conservation, and nature education. We offer a variety of programs year-round to groups of all ages.
 

COMING SOON! The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse is located in Christy Woods. To enhance the opportunities for nature education at Christy Woods and other BSU Field Station properties, we are 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 85% of the way to our goal for this project and need your help! Our timeline is to complete fundraising by September 2020.

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Cardinals help Cardinals, and 500 gifts by noon unlocks $1,000 for the Take Flight fund.
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The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
6 College of Health 226
7 College of Architecture & Planning 62
8 Honors College 54
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The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 160
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 65
3 $1,000 Athletics 59
4 $1,000 Journalism 34
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 34
6 $1,000 Communication Studies 29
7 $1,000 School of Music 27
8 $1,000 Special Education 26
9 Multicultural Center 24
10 Social Work 16
11 Chemistry 10
12 Telecommunications 9
13 Alumni Programs 8
14 University Police Department 7
15 Miller Business Honors Program 7
16 University Libraries 7
17 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 6
18 Honors College 5
19 Accounting 5
20 Fraternity and Sorority Life 5
21 Schools Within the Context of Community 5
22 Sports Link 5
23 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 4
24 Educational Psychology 4
25 Cardinal Kitchen 3
26 David Owsley Museum of Art 3
27 Political Science 3
28 Alumni Student Engagement 3
29 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 3
30 Alumni Scholarships 3
31 Management 3
32 Biology 3
33 Burris Laboratory School 3
34 Black Student Association 3
35 Student Voluntary Services 3
36 Late Nite 3
37 English 3
38 Office of Student Life 2
39 Elementary Education 2
40 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 2
41 Educational Studies 2
42 Career Center 2
43 Rinker Center for International Programs 2
44 History 2
45 Computer Science 2
46 Entrepreneurship Center 2
47 School of Kinesiology 1
48 School of Nursing 1
49 Mathematical Sciences 1
50 Sociology 1
51 Ball State Army ROTC 1
52 Spectrum 1
53 Anthropology 1
54 Inclusive Excellence 1
55 Educational Leadership 1
56 Indiana Academy 1
57 School of Art 1
58 Women's and Gender Studies 1
59 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 1
60 Disability Services 1
61 University Program Board 1
62 Teachers College Dean's Fund for Excellence 1
63 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 1
64 Criminal Justice and Criminology 1
65 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 1
66 Online Student Support Fund 1
67 Finance & Insurance 0
68 Learning Center 0
69 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 0
70 Emens Auditorium 0
71 Graduate School 0
72 Nutrition & Health Science 0
73 Speech Pathology & Audiology 0
74 Geography 0
75 Philosophy and Religious Studies 0
76 Psychological Science 0
77 Economics 0
78 ISOM Department 0
79 Marketing | CADMA 0
80 Community Engagement 0
81 Counseling Center 0
82 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 0
83 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 0
84 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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College of Sciences & Humanities Department Challenge
Dean Maureen McCarthy will give $500 to the CSH department with the most donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 Chemistry 34
2 Political Science 23
3 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 23
4 English 22
5 Sociology 21
6 Mathematical Sciences 17
7 History 17
8 Criminal Justice and Criminology 14
9 Anthropology 14
10 Biology 13
11 Computer Science 13
12 Geography 12
13 Psychological Science 9
14 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 7
15 Women's and Gender Studies 7
16 Philosophy and Religious Studies 6
17 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 5
18 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 5
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