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Education and Outreach

The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory and classroom for the study of plant biology, biodiversity, sustainability, and conservation. More than 2,000 different taxa can be found in the Garden. Plant labels throughout the grounds provide visitors with an opportunity to learn plant names, origin, and many interesting facts about them.

Our educational programming includes hosting classes, public tours, MSU Scifest presentations, and more. As we move into our 150th year, watch for new interpretive signs designed to educate visitors about broader topics. We also have an intern program that undergraduates can apply for to work with garden staff on mission-relevant projects in the garden and Campus Natural Areas.

Want to know more about our plants? Planning to bring a class or group to the garden? Let us know at

Photos courtesy of Derrick Turner, University Communications.