AUBURN – An open house is scheduled Monday for the new Greenhouse and Outreach Center at Auburn High School.
A $220,000 grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust and $25,000 from the Nemaha NRD helped established the facility, which is expected to become a core piece of the school’s agriculture and natural resources program.
Superintendent Kevin Reiman said the school district’s goal is to provide an instructionally sound, rigorous curriculum to students.
Reiman: “Primarily I think people think of students that want to go and be a farmer, but it opens all kinds of things. Someone who wants to become a florist would be be able to learn things, or agriscience and work on the genetic side of it, so it really opens up opportunities for our students.”
Another goal is to provide cooperative extension and continuing education courses in the greenhouse.
He said another hope is that student-initiated projects will become community activities, such as native grass plantings and waste management projects.
Reimain: “This isn’t just a school thing, but it’s a community outreach center where kids and the community are working together on the varioius environmental aspects of the state and the nation.”
The open house is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A ribbon cutting is at 1:30 p.m.