Opening in September 2009, the Rice Plant Conservation Science Center will impact the Garden’s 740,000 annual visitors. It will also serve the Garden’s 200 Ph.D. scientists, land managers, students, and interns whose research is critical to fulfilling the Garden’s conservation mission.
The Rice Plant Conservation Science Center is a physical manifestation of the Garden's mission to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. It is a center for our research and education programs and will generate research findings to shape national and global plant conservation policy and train the plant conservation leaders of tomorrow.
Visitors to the Center will experience science in action through windows that allow them to see into the laboratories and observe scientists as they work. They can interact with exhibits that not only reveal what is happening inside the labs, but also offer insights into the major questions of plant conservation biology, facing our world today.