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About the Conservatory

Our mission is to cultivate plants from around the world with the intent to inspire, educate, and advance research and conservation. 


The College of Biological Sciences Conservatory and Botanical Collection is a biodiverse collection of plant species from around the world. Our living collection is the most diverse in the upper Midwestern United States: withover 1,800 species, we care for everything from rare and endangered plants to invasive species to plants with developing economic potential. We leverage this rich collection to serve university courses and researchers as well as the surrounding community by making our plants and expertise available. 

The aims of the Conservatory are to:

  • Address specific teaching needs by collaborating with faculty and growing and providing plant materials for courses and labs
  • Design and deliver essential and diverse plant materials, knowledge and opportunities for faculty and student research across colleges.
  • Engage in broad plant biodiversity research and conservation efforts to inform an understanding of the evolution and ecology of plants.
  • Partner with faculty to design displays that showcase their research and to improve the quality of inquiry-based learning opportunities for students.
  • Partner with university staff and community members to design educational exhibits which promote awareness and conservation of floral diversity.
  • Maximize outreach opportunities and partnerships by providing tours and collections of plants pertinent to the community.

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