Summer Science Academy

“It was the best experience of my life."

Biosphere 2 is pleased to announce the Summer 2017 Science Academy, a unique educational experience unlike anything else in the world. Middle and high school students interested in earth and ecosystem sciences, collaboration, and leadership development are invited to spend a week at the iconic Biosphere 2 research facility. Come join the cutting-edge science community at the University of Arizona for a world-class educational adventure!  (Sample Schedule)

APPLICATIONS open for summer 2017.


“Best time. Awesome time. Daniel wishes it had been even longer. Life-changing experience for him.”

Student participants will learn and practice science 'under-the-glass', participating in hands-on research projects in the Biosphere 2 biomes: tropical rainforest, savanna, ocean, mangrove marsh, and coastal fog desert. Participants will apply scientific skills to conduct experiments and collect data while working side-by-side with Biosphere 2 researchers. The week will culminate with presentations of research findings. All instruction and activities are conducted in English.


“My child was immediately planning for next year's camp the day camp ended!!”

Biosphere 2's foothill setting and accommodations are unparalleled; the on-site casita village is composed of 28 rustic, Santa Fe-style houses. Each casita has multiple, private bedrooms that share a central living room and large kitchen (although all meals and snacks are provided in a central location for the 2017 Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy). Bathrooms are generally shared (suite-style) among a couple of bedrooms. The oversized rooms feature high-speed, wireless internet access and central air conditioning. Please remember to bring toiletries and any appliances you need or use on a daily basis. Bedding, a set of towels, shampoo, soap, and lotion are all provided. Additional blankets and an extra pillow are available in the closets. At night, the casita village is well lit, but the surrounding property can be quite dark. There is a flashlight in each bedroom, but we suggest you bring your own flashlight or headlamp as well. Come prepared for occasional encounters with native wildlife common to the area.  (Sample Schedule)


The week-long program will include one day on the University of Arizona main campus (specific destinations still to be determined) and time developing teamwork and leadership skills at a desert ropes course


The ratio of researchers/counselors to students is at least 1:8. The Academy staff also includes UA Outreach Scholars who will chaperone the casitas. The Outreach Scholars are college undergraduate and graduate students drawn from the University of Arizona.

Read an Executive Summary of the Science Academy program and learn more about the Biosphere 2 scientists and their research.

Experience a week at Biosphere 2:

  • Learn ecosystem science, build collaboration and leadership skills, have fun!
  • 2017 Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy dates:
    • 7th-9th graders - Sunday July 9th through Saturday July 15th 2017
    • 9th-12th graders - Sunday July 16th through Saturday July 22nd 2017
    • Sample Schedule
  • A non-refundable $250 deposit is required to reserve an academy position following notice of acceptance.
  • Apply via this Application Survey Link. Applications now available for summer 2017.
  • Contact us: For additional information about the 2017 Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy, please contact us at b2sciacad@email.arizona.edu. with your questions or a phone number if would like us to contact you via phone
  • For any questions regarding payment please contact Michele Clark in the buisness office at 520-838-6159

Summer 2017 Pricing (space is limited and submission of an application is required):

  •  ($100 discount for returning Science Academy participants).
  •  $2095 if balance paid in full by May 25th
  •  $2195 if balance paid in full by June 25th
  •  $2395 if balance paid after June 25th

A deposit of $250 is required to reserve a spot after applicant has been notified of acceptance. Deposit will be applied toward prices above.

Apply for the 2017 Biosphere2 Summer Science Academy.

Biosphere 2 is a unit in the University of Arizona's Office of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, with strong links to the UA College of Science. Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson, Arizona, at the base of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains. This one-of-a-kind facility sits on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. Come experience a weeklong program at the remarkable Biosphere 2, which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 Must-See Wonders of the World. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the world's largest earth science laboratory.

Arizona Public School Tax Credit: Looking for a more affordable way to send a student from an Arizona public school to the Biosphere 2 Science Academy? Consider asking your school to solicit tax credits and help pay for students that want to join the academy. More information available on the AZDOR website.

Note that the cost to Biosphere 2 for providing the Science Academy experience is more than $2,500 per student. Through donations, grants, and support from the University of Arizona, we are effectively offering financial assistance to each and every middle and high school student applicant. If you would like to make a donation to Biosphere 2 to support this program please contact Kevin Bonine, Biosphere 2 Director of Education and Outreach.