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Day Trip to Biosphere 2

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Ok it sounds like people are prefering to meet in their area and get into into a carpool and meet at the biosphere it takes 2 hours to get there from phx so Please try to be at the biosphere by 9 am in reading about it gets hot so I want to go in when they open at 9 am and after the tour we will get lunch together--let me know if you want to go to the queen creek olive mill which is almost on the way Back.

Carpools

1) Johnny -west valley - Full Car

Freddy, Katrina, Angie, Cheryl, Rich

2) Jeff - Chandler- might have 1 spot

, Alma, , Marilo

3)Cyndi - Queen Creek - room

Audra

4) Jon Tempe full

Burcu and hylari and Bill

looking for riders or to car pool - Jay, , Julie,tee

Other - not carpooling meeting us there

Steve , heather , Mark, Kathye, Brian

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Adults $20

Seniors ages 62+ $18 AAA Members $18 Military $18 Children ages 6–12 $13 UA Student/Faculty w/Catcard–$10

Biosphere 2 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 4000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. Come experience the remarkable Biosphere 2 which Time Life Books recently named one of the 50 must see "Wonders of the World". See why visitors from around the globe journey here for this unique adventure not found anywhere else. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the specially designed mini-world.

The visitor center houses exhibits and multi-media displays along with a Bookstore and Cafe. You won't want to miss our new feature movie showing in the main theater which describes the past, present and future of the project. Your entry into the Biosphere is led by a tour guide who takes you inside and under the glass. The beautiful trail system takes you on a once in a lifetime tour that lets you smell our ocean and see a tropical Rainforest up close. In addition to escorting you through the upper Biomes, your interpretive tour guide takes you through the basement “technosphere” and into the amazing lungs that help the Biosphere system breathe. Your tour will conclude in the custom-built underwater ocean viewing gallery where you can explore the million-gallon ocean and its real coral reef. Before or after your tour, take time to enjoy the many different programs or events that are offered throughout the season. Your experience will be like no other!

The admission desk at our visitor center will provide tour times and start locations.

TOUR REQUIREMENTS
The under-the-glass walking tour of Biosphere 2 consists of approximately 150 stairs (up and down) and the route is just under one mile to walk round-trip. The tour duration is 1 hour and 15 minutes with a considerable amount of standing (The tour has an additional 10 minutes of travel time to and from the Visitor Center). The tour spends time outside as well as inside the Biosphere 2 research facility itself. The weather can range from quite cold in the winter months to extremely warm during the summer months. Winter and spring weather can be unpredictable in southern Arizona so wearing layers of clothing is recommended. Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are also highly recommended as the tour route includes standing, climbing and walking. Unfortunately, due to low ceilings (in some areas) and doorways, babies and children can NOT be carried on an adult's back. Front carrying and front slings are acceptable. Tours are conducted on days with inclement weather unless the weather conditions pose a hazard to the safety of the visitors and staff. The interior of the Biosphere 2 research facility is heated and cooled based on current research protocols and as a result visitors may experience a variety of heat and humidity conditions on the under-the-glass guided tour. Bottled water is allowed on the tour and encouraged. Visitors who have medical considerations, special needs, are non-ambulatory or have other conditions may want to arrange for a less rigorous tour, please see ACCESSIBILITY.