The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center provides laboratories and teaching facilities for more than 200 Ph.D. scientists, land managers, students, and interns whose research is critical to fulfilling the Garden’s efforts to save our planet by saving our plants. Awarded a Gold LEED rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, the 38,000-square-foot Plant Science Center also serves as home to a unique doctoral program in plant biology and conservation with Northwestern University and as headquarters for the Garden’s international efforts in plant conservation. A viewing gallery and the 16,000-square-foot Green Roof Garden are open to the public, giving nearly 800,000 visitors and schoolchildren each year the opportunity to view plant science firsthand.
Our collections reflect our mission of engaging in science-based plant conservation. You can search our Science Collections database and view the collections we use to develop our understanding of regional and global plant diversity as documented in the Nancy Poole Rich Herbarium; discover the diversity within species and populations vouchered by our DNA Repository; and see how we preserve naturally occurring diversity in our Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank. Each of our collections is online and fully searchable.