The Wheaton College Greenhouse is dedicated to the research and exhibition of a wide array of ecologically diverse plants.

The 1,200 sq. ft. facility was built on the rooftop of the LEED Gold Certified MARS Science and Technology Center. The MARS Science and Technology Center opened in 2013.

The greenhouse facility provides laboratory materials and research space to Wheaton students and faculty. Students taking biology, ecology, genetics, and a variety of arts courses use the greenhouse for both independent and course research work.

Many research opportunities for students interested in environmental science, biology, and genetics are provided by the greenhouse.

Past student research includes:

  • Plant response to fertilizers and light intensity
  • Genetic inheritance in consecutive generations
  • Dormant wetland seed germination
  • Cross pollination of Rapid-Cycling Brassica strains

Four growth chambers provide students and faculty the ability to have control of light, humidity, and temperature within the closed chamber.

Past research includes:

  • Algae growth in different pH environments
  • Bean growth with Tobacco Mosaic Virus
  • Growth of albino corn for genetics studies

Groups or individuals are welcome to tour the greenhouse facility.

Contact Ben Robbins at with any questions or to schedule a tour.


Temperate Greenhouse
Research Greenhouse
Rainforest House
Desert Greenhouse
Student experiments


Student seed bank research
Student experiments in growth chamber


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