The William G. and Retha Stone Baker Observatory was established in 1977. It is located approximately ten miles northwest of Marshfield. The observatory is used on clear evenings for laboratory work by students in beginning and intermediate astronomy courses, and by advanced undergraduate students and faculty conducting astronomical research. A master plan for this facility is being developed to better identify its needs.
BULL SHOALS FIELD STATION
Missouri State University began operations of the Bull Shoals Field Station in 1999. The station provides a location for faculty, students, and visiting scientists to conduct research and educational programs which promote public awareness of southwest Missouri ecosystems. Work will continue to identify and address the station's physical needs.
Local businessperson Leo Journagan and his family have committed to donate the family's Douglas County ranch acreage and assets to the Missouri State Foundation. The gift includes more than 3,300 acres, equipment and other support facilities. The ranch is located about 10 miles south of the University's Mountain Grove Campus. The gift benefits the Darr School of Agriculture and the future generations of students who study agriculture at Missouri State.
MOUNTAIN GROVE CAMPUS
Missouri State University - Mountain Grove is a 190-acre campus located in Mountain Grove on the Ozarks Plateau in rural South-Central Missouri.
Donation of a 250- acre farm near Fair Grove includes farmland, livestock, a conference center, and other structures. The property provides unique opportunities for William H. Darr School of Agriculture students to incorporate plant science, animal science, economics, marketing and education in their studies and research. The conference center provides College of Health and Human Services office and research space and will house the Mary-Charlotte Bayles Shealy Endowed Chair in Conscientious Psychology. In addition, the property provides a unique location for Board of Governor and faculty retreats.
WEST PLAINS CAMPUS
Missouri State University-West Plains is a 20-acre, open admission campus located 110 miles southeast of Springfield in West Plains, Missouri.
WILLIAM H. DARR AGRICULTURAL CENTER
The 95-acre William H. Darr Agricultural Center will continue to be expanded to provide additional educational opportunities for the University's Department of Agriculture. The Bond Learning Center has been constructed housing public meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, and research laboratory. Future planned phases will include a show barn and small animal building.
Land recently donated to the William H. Darr School of Agriculture will be a living laboratory for students to learn about forestry, wildlife, plants, soil and water. Betty Jeanne Wood Turoff, of Arlington, Va., donated the Woodlands, 161 acres located just northwest of Springfield.