K-12 Programs

Connecting Art & Science

Biosphere 2 E-STEAM Program!

Expression/ Education/ Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

The arts can be a valuable medium for conveying science to broad audiences and helps highlight the important role of creativity and critical thinking across many disciplines. The E-STEAM Program elevates community engagement and science awareness, and provides an educational platform to engage visitors, teachers, and K-12 student groups. Programming includes:

Illuminating Art & Biology - Light, Cyanotypes, and Plants

This engaging lesson will allow students to explore the basics of composition and the photographic process by creating their own cyanotype print using found botanical samples. Students will also be tasked with observing and identifying their specimens in the context of biodiversity and the role of plants in Earth systems. This hands-on activity, based in art and design, helps build an understanding of the critical role of light for food production, insect navigation (finding the pollen centers of flowers!), and oxygen regeneration.

Workshop: Cyanotype Printing a Botanical Field Guide

$20 per person for a group of 20 participants or more, $400 flat rate for 19 participants or less. Approx. 3.5 hours. Includes behind-the-scenes interpretive tour of Biosphere 2 facility. For group sizes above 90 students, additional charge of $10 per person (including chaperones) applies to cover additional activity stations. Maximum group size 120 students.


520-621-3960 or BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

Coming soon... a call for new E-STEAM offering ideas. If we select your creative and engaging lesson submission we will provide you a FREE hands-on/minds-on lesson (up to 30 participants) for your class at Biosphere 2. Details will be shared here in the near future.

Biosphere 2 Artist-In-Residence

A program for students or early career artists whose work is environmentally/science focused and have in interest in arts-based science communication.

The Biosphere 2 Artist-in-Residence Program is currently being reorganized. Application information coming soon!

Previous Artist-in-Residence

Dana Fritz
Deborah Ford
Judy Natal
Patrick Millard
Regine Petersen
Simone Gorete Machado
Steven G. Derks
William L. Fox
Lee Pivnik

NEW Installation at Biosphere 2!


Biosphere 2 is the site for artist Isan Brant's project entitled, Tracing Ancient Oceans, an installation of large multi-media sculptures that draw from local geological and ecological history in exploring human/nature interactions. The installation will be at Biosphere 2 through April 2018. Isan is currently pursuing an MFA in studio art at the University of Arizona. Interview with Isan Brant