K-12 Programs

Field Trip Programs at Biosphere 2

University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 offers a variety of hands-on and immersive experiences for your students. Our programs are linked to Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on Earth systems and solutions for a sustainable future. All of our programs are available as day field trips or can be combined to create a unique overnight experience.

Biosphere 2’s K-12 program offerings highlight specific components of the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS:
CORE DISCIPLINE
PRACTICES
CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS

 


A Scientist's Perspective: An Earth Science Field Course 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE
OBTAINING, EVALUATING, & COMMUNICATING INFO
SCALE, PROPORTION, & QUANTITY; STABILITY & CHANGE

This program features hands-on interaction with marine specimens, as well as data collection and analysis in the Biosphere 2 “Wilderness” Biomes. Students will rotate through stations using Biosphere 2 Marine Science Lab and Field equipment.

K-4 – focus: Water Data Collection, Beach Biology, Microscopes
4-8 – focus: Water Data Collection, Microscopes & Plankton
9+ – focus: Water Data Collection, Plankton Discovery

Pricing - A Scientist's Perspective: Earth Science Field Course

Program Group Size Price
Half Day - 4.5 Hrs. Under 20 $560
20 - 49 $28/Person
50+ $38/Person
Full Day - 6+ Hrs. Under 20 $700
20 - 49 $35/person
50+ $45/person

Behind The Scenes Ecosystem Services Expeditions

LIFE & EARTH SCIENCE
CONSTRUCTING EXPLANATIONS
SCALE, PROPORTION, & QUANTITY; SYSTEMS & MODELS

An ecosystem service is any positive benefit that nature provides, small or large, direct or indirect, such as water purification, photosynthetic oxygen production, nutrient cycling, decomposition, and pollination. The unique engineering and novel design of Biosphere 2 helps students gain an appreciation of how and what nature and ecosystems provide. The diverse biomes under glass are only possible because of the amazing technology supporting them. Students see first-hand the challenges and opportunities of replicating what happens in nature.

K-4 – focus: Observation & Recording using Five Senses
5-8 – focus: Modeling Ecosystem Processes & Interactions
9+ – focus: Measuring & Comparing Environmental Conditions (Soil, Water, Air) in Biosphere 2

Pricing - Behind The Scenes Ecosystem Services Expeditions

Program Group Size Price
Program - 2.5 Hrs. Under 20 $400
20 - 89 $20/Person
90+ $30/Person

 

Please inquire about how to best accommodate your group.
Chaperone/Teacher to student ratio, for Biosphere 2 programs, is at least 1:10 and no more than 1:6.

 

Each program includes interpretive tour of Biosphere 2 facility. For group sizes above program maximum capacity, additional charge of $10 per person (including chaperones) applies to cover additional activity stations.

Contact Group Bookings

520-621-3960 or
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Program Add-Ons

$10 per person add-ons for longer visits and/or larger groups. Available at this price when combined with one or more K-12 educational offerings.

Sonoran Desert Discovery

  • Grades 1-5 – Intro to Birding, w/nature walk
  • Grades 5-Adult - Sense of Place, Interpretive Desert Hike

Ocean Gallery Deep Dive

  • Hidden Treasures of the Gulf (Sea of Cortez)
  • Shell Observation and Identification
  • Art Stations (STEAM) – painting, crafts, poetry, music

Engineering Mighty Marine Microorganisms

  • Grades 1-4 – Exploring density & buoyancy with models, food webs
  • Grades 4-8 – Density & buoyancy, marine food webs, building models
  • HS - Plankton collection (Biosphere 2 ocean), microscope fundamentals, building models
Contact Group Bookings

520-621-3960 or
Book Now