A full day of robotics and drones at Biosphere 2!

Join us Saturday, March 24 for this special event with drone racing after dark as seen on ESPN!


Purchase tickets now for this special full-day event where you can tour Biosphere 2, get hands-on experience with drones, explore the science of autonomous vehicles, and learn more about new ways that robotics supports the earth science community.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 starting at 9am, UA Biosphere 2 will host a special full-day event focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution, the era bringing together the physical, digital and biological worlds.

Special Daytime Events

While you’re with us, learn more about Biosphere 2 on any of our redesigned tour experiences. Our Under the Glass Tour, 30-year History Tour and engaging Family Tour (great for the kids) will all be available during the daytime proceedings. When you’re done visiting Biosphere 2’s amazing grounds and famous infrastructure, get access to hands-on experiences with drones, explore the science of autonomous vehicles, and see demonstrations of remotely operated vehicles. Our daytime events will be a fun and engaging way for the whole family to learn the new ways robotics and drones support the earth science community.

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One of a Kind Nighttime Event

The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier drone racing circuit, will stage the third race of the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season – under the glass at Biosphere 2!

This special race (part of drone racing as seen on ESPN), will feature the Biosphere 2 theatrically lit at night, with thousands of LED and colored lights enhancing the structure in a way never seen before. Twelve elite FPV (First Person View) pilots will fly custom-built DRL drones in excess of 90 miles per hour through a complex, three-dimensional racecourse inside Biosphere 2, battling it out for first place and the chance to compete in the DRL season finale in Saudi Arabia!

For fans of drone racing, and fans of the Biosphere 2, this one-of-a-kind event is quite literally something you’ve never seen before — don’t miss it!

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Activities and times subject to change.

Biosphere 2 Tours

9am–4pm Biosphere 2 Tours
10am–3pm History Tours on the Hour
11am–4pm Family Tour Passport

Drones and Exhibitors

11am–4pm Drone Racing League Simulator - Lower Habitat
11am–4pm Avirtek & UA Autonomic Computing Lab (ACL) - Smart House/Smart Car Test Beds Cyberattack Demonstration - Lower Habitat
11am–4pm Steele Robotics - Autonomous Golf Ball Picking Robot Demonstration - Event Lawn
11am–4pm Arizona Department of Public Safety - DPS Drone and ROV Demonstration - Event Lawn
11am–4pm Arizona Project WET - Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) Demonstration - Rainforest Patio
11am–4pm UA Libraries iSpace - Virtual Art Room, Virtual Reality and 3D Scanning Demonstration - Upper Habitat
11am–4pm UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering - Dynamic Data Driven Adaptive Multi-scale Simulation Border Surveillance Demonstration - Sahara Room
11am–3pm Barrow Neurological Institute - Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton, Myomo Arm Exoskeleton and Rapael Smart Glove Demonstration - Sahara Room
11am–2pm Arizona Geological Survey - Drone Display and Mineral Showcase - Upper Habitat
1pm–4pm Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture - Drone Display and Virtual Flight Simulator - Lower Habitat


10am-4pm Food for Purchase - Biosphere 2 Cafe
11am-10pm Food for Purchase by Nonna Maria’s - Event Lawn

Drone Racing League (DRL)

4pm–5pm DRL Drone Flight Demonstration - Event Lawn
6pm–12am Drone Racing - Event Lawn

Ticket Prices:

All Day

Adult: $20
Senior: $18
Educators: $10
K-12 Students : $5*
College Students: $5*

Race Only

Adult: $12
Senior: $12
Educators: $8
K-12 Students : $5*
College Students: $5*

*Valid school ID required


University of Arizona Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623
Phone: 520-621-4800