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Biosphere 2 Food-Water-Energy Tour

Take advantage of this rare and special opportunity to explore the world’s largest controlled research facility focused on understanding how our planet works. 

Biosphere 2 Food-Water-Energy Tour

Join Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford for a special behind-the-scenes-tour of Biosphere 2. Guests will see the inner workings of our one-of-a-kind research and education facility and learn about the diverse and important kinds of science being conducted at Biosphere 2. You will explore how we are creating a better system of food and energy production and will end the tour just outside the glass of Biosphere 2 where we are studying “Agrivoltaics” – a new technique of growing agricultural crop plants in the shade of solar panels. This is a win-win system: the panels create a shadier and cooler environment for the plants, and the evaporation from plant leaves cool down the solar panels, which otherwise get too hot to function at 100%. How do we measure these things? What are the outlooks for the future? Will this work where you live? Come join us and find out!

On the Food-Water-Energy Tour you will:
  • See the Biosphere 2 biomes, underlying technosphere, and innovative research sites
  • Be led through many areas off-limits to other public visitors
  • Observe how science is an important approach to understanding our world
  • Be introduced to ecosystem services and their role in supporting the availability of Food, Energy, and Water that we rely on for our health and happiness
  • Get your hands on the equipment and tools that make our science possible
  • Have a special and memorable experience at Biosphere 2

Learn more about Agrivoltaics (infographic included), and meet Greg Barron-Gafford's Research Group

What You Should Know

Suggested 12 to adult (all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

TBD Spring 2020

2 hours

Space is limited:
A maximum of 14 per tour.

$75 per person.

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We strongly encourage that tickets are purchased online. Tickets can only be purchased in person at Biosphere 2 if space is available the date of purchase.

No refunds for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of your specialty tour. Cancellations are processed via phone by calling 520-621-3184.

If you have accessibility concerns, please contact 520-621-3127.

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*Ticket proceeds support the mission of Biosphere 2, the iconic research and education arm of the University of Arizona.