The University of Arizona

Biosphere 2 Science Academy, Summer 2016

Feedback from previous participants and families (also see summary linked at right):

     “It was the best experience of my life.”

     “My child was immediately planning for next year's camp the day camp ended!!”

     “Best time. Awesome time. Daniel wishes it had been even longer. Life- changing experience for him.”

Biosphere 2 is pleased to announce the Summer 2016 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.  All instruction and activities are conducted in English.

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 multiple, private bedrooms that share a central living room and large kitchen (although all meals and snacks are provided in a central location for the Summer 2016 Biosphere 2 Science Academy).  Bathrooms are generallly shared (suite-style) among a couple of bedrooms. The oversized rooms feature high-speed, wireless Internet access 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 we suggest you bring your own flashlight or headlamp as well.  Come prepared for occasional encounters with native wildlife common to the area.

The week-long program will include one day on the University of Arizona main campus (specific destinations still to be determined) and time developing teamwork and leadership skills at a desert ropes course.

The ratio of researchers/staff to students is approximately 1:6.  The Academy staff also includes UA Haury Outreach Scholars who will serve as additional mentors and chaperone the casitas.  The Outreach Scholars are stellar and well-trained college undergraduate and graduate students from 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 2016 Biosphere 2 Science Academy for students completing or entering

  • 7th-9th grade: Summer 2016, dates TBA
  • 9th-12th grade: Summer 2016, dates TBA

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

A non-refundable $250 DEPOSIT is required to reserve an academy position.

Tuition fee schedule for 2016 ($250 deposit applies toward full payment): Schedule TBA


Contact Us:  For additional information about the Summer 2016 Biosphere 2 Science Academy: 

Phone: (520) 838-6192.

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 $2,250 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


2015 Academy Flier


Summary of 2014 Academy


Faculty Biographies

Weekly Schedule Sample

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)