University of Arizona Biosphere 2

University of Arizona Biosphere 2

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Educational tours enter rain forest, fog desert, and other diverse ecosystems housed in a groundbreaking biosphere's 6,000+ windows.

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A solid science education is invaluable, allowing everyday people to debate new theories and understand why their time machine keeps skipping 1947. Celebrate scientific literacy with this Groupon.

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$20 for biosphere admission for two (a $40 value)<p>

General admission includes a 75-minute under-the-glass guided walking tour from the visitor center into Biosphere 2’s three-acre complex. Guides lead tours through the ecosystems and research facilities housed within the historic enclosure composed of more than 6,000 glass windowpanes. <p>

$35 for a general membership to Biosphere 2 (a $75 value)

  • Includes two membership cards good for unlimited admissions
  • Members’ children and grandchildren, 12 and younger, admitted free for one year
  • Four guest passes
  • Member perks include admission to special public events and programs, plus 10% off gift-shop and snack items<p>

Biosphere 2

In 1984, Space Biospheres Ventures purchased a few unassuming acres north of Tucson in the shadow the Santa Catalina Mountains. There, the company expanded its sci-fi-sounding activities—the development of space-colonization technology—and built what would evolve into Biosphere 2, recently seen on The Today Show.

Designed to re-create Earth's ecosystems, the gigantic glass enclosure (some 7.2 million cubic feet and 91 feet tall in some parts) is famous for housing biospherians in the 1990s. The researchers lived completely sealed inside for extended periods, giving scientists groundbreaking data on human survivability and interaction with particular bionetworks.

The University of Arizona had the 40-acre Biosphere 2 campus donated in 2011, maintaining it as a hub of serious research while expanding its mission to encompass interactive educational outreach. Each year, thousands pass through the on-site labs and classrooms as well as stroll the Biosphere 2 interior to view films, experience multimedia exhibits, or embark on guided tours. Tours venture into the actual ecosystems, allowing earthlings to note biodiversity, smell fresh precipitation in the rain forest, and savor the softness of savannah grassland underfoot until the resident grumpy old man yells at you to get the heck off his lawn. Before their dramatic conclusion at a million-gallon ocean tank, tours delve into the basement to explore the technosphere, where visitors can witness the deep inhales and exhales of the sphere’s respiratory system.

Customer Reviews

I found the tour very informative. The overall experience was Amazing! Only disappointment is that I waited 20 years to visit it.
Brett M. · October 3, 2012
it,s amazing and i took my grandkids from new york 3 teen boys thougt they would be bored but they loved it thank you.
Irene A. · September 15, 2012
Great Groupon deal!
Courtney M. · August 15, 2012

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