Phased Re-opening of Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 has developed a phased reopening plan in order to maintain the safety of our visitors and staff while on site. This plan was designed to follow CDC and UArizona guidelines regarding physical distancing, group size, and the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and other barriers. Biosphere 2 is in incredible scientific resource and an exciting destination – we hope to preserve access to our facility for all.

Phase One – Driving Tour (complete)

Biosphere 2 is currently open to a limited number of simultaneous visitors for driving tours. This will allow visitors to visit Biosphere 2 within the safety and comfort of their vehicle and family group, ensuring physical distancing between other visitors and staff. An audio app has been produced to accompany each visitor as they drive through the Biosphere 2 property, highlighting historical facts, current research, and architectural features. Please note: now that Phase One is complete, the Night Driving Tour is no longer being offered.

Phase Two – Exterior Tour of Biosphere 2

In Phase Two Biosphere 2 will provide a fascinating, family-friendly tour app guide, as visitors explore the history-rich Biosphere 2 property, experiencing the engineering and science marvel that is Biosphere 2, near Tucson, Arizona. Along with the app tour, the app also includes slideshows and videos that visualize the science. Through science stories, interviews, and animations, we have the opportunity to bring the amazing and world-class research to life as visitors follow a one-way path around the exterior and portions of the interior of Biosphere 2. Limited group sizes, mandatory masks and enforced physical distancing will ensure the safety of visitors as they explore Biosphere 2.

See the Biosphere 2 Experience page for more information about our Self-Guided Exterior Tour, including timeline and availability.

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Phase Three – The Biosphere 2 Experience using the Biosphere 2 App (We are currently operating in Phase Three!)

Biosphere 2 staff are hard at work developing a new one-way trail system inside the Rain Forest, Ocean, Mangrove and Coastal Fog Desert areas inside Biosphere 2. In Phase Three, visitors will be able to explore the inside of Biosphere 2, entering through the Rainforest, traversing several wilderness areas, guided by the Biosphere 2 Tour app, and exit through the Coastal Fog Desert. As we approach Phase Three, Biosphere 2 will enforce appropriate safety policies regarding group size, mask and PPE use and physical distancing as recommended by the CDC and UArizona guidelines at that time. Tickets must be purchased ahead of your visit. Please download the Biosphere 2 app (avaliable in the apple store and google play store) BEFORE your visit. 

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This page last updated: 3/1/2021