The University of Arizona

Biosphere 2 Science Academy, Summer 2014


To be placed on the WAITING LIST for the BIOSPHERE 2 SCIENCE ACADEMY, please contact Nancy Boklund at 520-838-6192 or The July 2014 B2 Science Academy is FULL.

Biosphere 2 is pleased to announce the Summer 2014 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!

Student participants will learn and practice science 'under-the-glass', doing 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.

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 from three to five bedrooms.  The bedrooms share a central living room and large kitchen (although all meals and snacks are catered for the Summer 2014 Biosphere 2 Science Academy), but the bedrooms provide complete privacy.  In some cases there are shared bathrooms (suite-style). The rooms are oversized and feature high-speed, wireless Internet access (feel free to bring your laptop!) 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 you may want to bring your own flashlight or headlamp as well.  Come prepared for encounters with native wildlife common to the area.

The week-long program will include one day on the University of Arizona main campus and time developing teamwork and leadership skills at a desert ropes course. Students will also visit the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, which designs and manufactures mirrors for the largest telescopes around the globe.

The ratio of researchers/counselors to students is approximately 1:8.  The Academy staff also includes RA’s (Resident Assistants) that will chaperone the casitas.  The RA’s are college students drawn from the ranks of the Camp Wildcat program at the University of Arizona.

Click on the link in the right sidebar to 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!

Summer 2014 Biosphere 2 Science Academy for students just completing

  • 6th-9th grade: July 6-12, 2014 (FULL - waiting list created as of 25 February 2014)
  • 9th-12th grade: July 13-19, 2014 (FULL - waiting list created as of 18 March 2014)


Each is a week-long residential program.  See weekly schedule in right sidebar.


A non-refundable $150 DEPOSIT is required to reserve an academy position. (Each week is FULL.)

Tuition fee schedule:

  • deposit by Feb 1, $895 total paid in full by end of March
  • deposit by Mar 1, $935 total paid in full by end of March
  • deposit and full payment by April 1, $985
  • deposit and full payment by May 1, $1035
  • deposit and full payment by June 1, $1095


Registration – ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR $150 DEPOSIT BY TALKING WITH NANCY BOKLUND, please continue the enrollment process by completing our online registration form:

Other forms, including requests for medical information and media/photo release, will be forthcoming over the next couple of months as well.


Biosphere 2 Science Academy Flyer (PDF file)

Contact Us:  (Both weeks are FULL for July 2014) For additional information about the Summer 2014 Biosphere 2 Science Academy, please contact Nancy Boklund at: 

Phone: (520) 838-6192 or Email:

Biosphere 2, a department within the College of Science at the University of Arizona, 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 week long 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 this specially designed mini-world.


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 $1500 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.]

Quick Links



Faculty Biographies

Academy Flyer

Science Academy Weekly Schedule

Other UA Summer Programs


Recent Articles About Biosphere 2: 

Cattle, Gold and Science: A Land History of Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2: Moving Forward



"I wish you could have seen his face when he saw this....PRICELESS.   He is telling everyone about this!!!  Thanks again for allowing us to pre-register, I can assure you this will change his life...!!!" 
(Parent relating story of holiday gift of B2 Science Academy registration to son, December 2013)