K-12 Programs

Frequently Asked Questions And Testimonials

What is the required teacher/chaperone to student ratio?

Biosphere 2 requires a minimum of 1 responsible and attentive teacher or chaperone to every 10 students and a maximum of 1 teacher or chaperone to every 6 students. These ratios allow us to adhere to safety guidelines, and provide the highest quality learning experience for your students.

Are prices different for students and chaperones for the K-12 offerings?

Prices are the same for all participants - this includes students and chaperones.

What if we have more adults joining the program than the chaperone ratio allows?

We must ask that any adults exceeding the chaperone-to-student ratio pay a separate general admission fee and join the next available public tour.

What should my students bring to be prepared for a program at Biosphere 2?

Please make sure all of your students and chaperones are wearing closed-toe shoes appropriate for handling many stairs, wet areas, and uneven terrain. We highly suggest that each participant has a water bottle and a name tag. Hats can prevent unwelcome sun exposure and notebooks & pens are useful, as all scientists know!

Can we purchase lunch for our program at Biosphere 2?

Yes, but we need to know in advance. We have a couple of options when it comes to pre-ordering lunch for your group. Please ask the group bookings coordinator for more details.

What is the difference between a public tour and a behind the scenes expedition?

The Behind the Scenes Expeditions are led by Biosphere 2 educators that take students into areas of Biosphere 2 not open to the general public such as the lower level of the tropical rainforest and the beach. While on the BSE, students will be interacting with hands-on activities throughout the biomes that encourage creative thinking and innovative ideas. The Behind the Scenes Expedition takes about 150+ minutes. Public tours go inside of Biosphere 2 along the visitor pathway. The public tour takes around 75 minutes.

For Residential Programs

How many chaperones do I need if my group is going to stay overnight at Biosphere 2?

One responsible and background-checked adult chaperone is required per casita. 

How many students can I place per casita?

Casitas can hold anywhere from 4-9 people. Please contact our conference sales manager for more details about rooming.

Do I need to leave a deposit in order to secure the date for my overnight program?

A deposit is not currently required to secure a date but a signed letter of agreement is.

Testimonials from Teachers

“The behind the scenes tour was their absolute best experience; someone commented 'our 5th grade students need to come every year, it was the best field trip ever'. That comment made me realize how much they loved it - that they feel every child should experience it!”

“The students mostly enjoyed the Full Behind the Scenes Tour of Biosphere 2. There was a lot to see and they were able to become exposed to many things in one part of the world. Awesome!”

“The more interactive the activities are, the better for engagement. Students were very engaged the entire time!”

"As a low-income school, many of my students have never seen the ocean and have limited exposure to the different biomes on Earth. Being able to see and experience these is invaluable."

"Everything was so well planned and executed."

"I was pleasantly surprised by how content-rich our activities were and that we were able to do multiple activities, including the tour."

"I have been taking my 5th grade class to Biosphere 2 for three years now. This year was beyond the best experience my class has had! Thank you!"

"We had an outstanding experience and will definitely return!"

"This is THE biology trip for each year now!"

"The whole trip was a great experience for my students and they really enjoyed it. The two representatives from Biosphere 2 were great and they made the trip enjoyable for the kids."