On the way home from Tucson, I took the long way and stopped by the Biosphere II in Oracle, Arizona. This is a photo heavy post today. I want to give you an idea of how much there was to see and do at the Biosphere.
The Biosphere is a science campus nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. The countryside is gorgeous.
Biosphere II is a science wonderland. It is a place for researchers to study the water cycle, biomes, climate change and imagine colonizing outer space. It is hard to explain which is why you should visit and tell me what you think the Biosphere is.
You start at the visitor’s center, walk through a tiny neighborhood of colorfully painted houses with pretty landscaping.
Everything has clean lines and simple shapes. The grounds are dotted with petrified wood and boulders striped with blue green ores.
Our tour guide was Mr. Claudio. Our tour was crowded because we came at mid day on a Saturday.
The size of the tour and the uncertain acoustics in the different rooms meant we couldn’t understand the guided tour. Some of the ideas were a over the head of the boys. We got by just fine by looking around at the plants, the different rooms and talking about savannah, rain forests, deserts. So even without understanding anything he said, we still had fun.
We liked the giant plants.
We liked the sound of water and wind inside the great space.
This was a very sensory place. In a good way.
The passage opened into the South Lung a giant echo chamber. Picture a giant white barrel. Giant. that is what we were inside. No way to convey the scale with my camera phone so I just captured moment of Mr. Claudio using a mike in an echo chamber. (he had it turned down)
Last bit, the wind machines in the basement. They had another name but I have no idea what that was. They were fun! And windy!
After the tour we had a lunch in the cafeteria and then home via the Pinal Pioneer Highway.
Under a glass dome,
P.S. We used a groupon to buy a one year family membership to Biosphere. (It is no longer available but I link to it so you can see what the deal was). It was offered near the beginning of summer as a way to pump up attendance. I hope they offer it again next year. I follow groupons for Phoenix and Tucson and I notice that the deals repeat. Do you have a favorite way to save on family outings?