OUR ROOTS

Historic FT Reno

BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center is a collaborative effort between Grazinglands Research Laboratory andHistoric Fort Reno, Inc.

Historic Fort Reno, Inc. is a a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to preservation and use of the historical and cultural resources of Fort Reno. Its mission is to secure funding for restoration of historic structures, Visitor Center operations and activities, educate the public through historical interpretation, and establish those partnerships necessary for the long-term stability of the organization.

All of the proceeds from the museum admissions and events go towards restoring the historic buildings at Fort Reno. One of the buildings that was recently restored was the Commanding Officer’s Quarters which serves as the headquarters for the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center. This building was first built in 1876 then it was remodeled in 1936 by the WPA. Most recently, the exterior of the building was refurbished in 2012 by Historic Fort Reno, Inc. and then in 2014 received a federal grant to restore the interior.

 

Formerly the Commanding Officer’s Quarters at Fort Reno. It now serves as the headquarters for the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center.

 

A world-class network

Research laboratory

Oklahoma Mesonet Station at Grazinglands Research Laboratory

The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

The Oklahoma Mesonet consists of 120 automated stations covering Oklahoma. There is at least one Mesonet station in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.

At each site, the environment is measured by a set of instruments located on or near a 10-meter-tall tower. The measurements are packaged into “observations” every 5 minutes, then the observations are transmitted to a central facility every 5 minutes, 24 hours per day year-round.