Aquaponics Greenhouse - Coming soon!
In early 2019, the Science Mill is unveiling a new, state-of-the-art Aquaponics Greenhouse, a 1000-square-foot greenhouse located between the two main exhibit buildings on the Science Mill site.
Greenhouse visitors will be immersed in a tropical environment as they experience a change in temperature and humidity, hear water as it pumps through vertical tubes, smell flowers, and see fruits, vegetables and tropical plants growing throughout the space. Plants in vertical growing tubes, tanks with fish such as tilapia or prawns, and a long trough with koi and floating rafts make up the aquaponics systems. Seasonal plants and vegetables might include lettuce, strawberries, basil, microgreens and more. The greenhouse will also feature a beautiful living wall, covered in ferns, orchids and other tropical plants.
The “Root Canal” will surround visitors with grow tanks that show off the inner workings of the entire aquaponics system. Interactive elements such as clear water pipes and pumps that students can turn and other hands-on activities will make it easy to see how the greenhouse and living systems work together.
The aquaponics greenhouse will introduce healthy eating and living concepts to students, helping them understand where our food comes from and discover alternative methods of food production.
Stay tuned to our website and social media for progress on the Aquaponics Greenhouse and an exact opening date. The Greenhouse experience will be included in admission to the Science Mill.
Funding for the Aquaponics Conservatory is generously provided by the Elizabeth & Floyd McGown Charitable Fund.