The Mission of the Bisbee Science Exploration and Research Center, Inc. is to foster the exploration, teaching, and practice of science for the development of scientific literacy by the public and the encouragement of the scientific inquiries needed for the betterment of our lives.

2022 Strategic Priorities


Each year the Board of Directors identifies strategic priorities for the Bisbee Science Exploration & Research Center.  These priorities guide our activities and inform the financial and programming resources needed for the coming year.

On October 19th, 2021 the Board of Directors unanimously approved eight strategic priorities that will create sustainability, provide informal science learning opportunities, and further our desire to address community needs through direct engagement.  We welcome your feedback and encourage you to assist us in attaining our goals for the coming year.

1. Administration

  • Increase the number of grants proposed in support of prioritized programs.

  • Ensure grant proposals cover staff and overhead costs.

  • Further develop grant management systems to assure timely reporting and drawdown of funds.

  • Schedule quarterly Board meetings in advance.

  • Utilize Friends of the BSL for filling Board positions.

  • Diversify Board & committees to include more persons of color and younger members.

  • Identify and organize collected data.

  • Create monthly and quarterly income and expense reports.

  • Identify person to recruit, train, and manage volunteers for Administration & Programming efforts.

  • Seek funding to pay stipend to Coordinator.

  • Identify potential sources for a $5M endowment.

  • Identify campaign chairperson among community and network and establish campaign committee.

  • Review and recommend endowment structure.

  • Develop marketing strategy for community, regional, state, and national participation in endowment development.

  • Utilize regional newspapers with monthly press releases and ads when programming is scheduled. 

  • Make routine posts through Social Media, and release ads when applicable.

  • Hire PR contractor to manage graphic design and other marketing projects.

  • Continually train high school interns on safety protocols, self empowerment, public speaking, working with children, college prep, and life skills.

  • Train staff on exhibit development, budgeting & Excel, grant writing, STEAM education, and Spanish.

  • Develop Board Orientation package.

2. Bisbee Science Lab Annex Programming

  • Enhance partnerships for imported programming from other entities for Science Fridays.

  • Develop School-based field trips to BSL and other organizations' summer camp participants.

  • Develop after school club environment, support, and activity space for maker/tinker space.

  • Recruit Program Leader/Volunteer for Pie & Sky.

  • Develop after school club environment,   support, and activity space (i.e. high school robotics club, VR film production, wildlife cameras, Engineering challenges).

  • Determine data collection tools and scheduling in support of in-house program evaluation and funder reporting requirements.

3. Sky Island STEAM Express (Mobile Lab)

  • Review and analyze call for exhibit proposals usefulness and success.

  • Solidify curriculum development based on themes and exhibits.

  • Identify additional site visit locations and develop relationships with school districts in those locations.

  • Determine data collection tools and scheduling in support of in-house program evaluation and funder reporting requirements.

4. Field Staion Development

  • Develop Engagement Plan.

  • Schedule Engagement Activities.

  • Collect data (surveys, interviews, focus groups).

  • Evaluate engagement efforts.

  • Develop Engagement Report.

  • Share report with stakeholders.

  • Using Engagement data, draft design for innovative use of space.

  • Engage other volunteer designers in review of draft.

  • Finalize Concept/Design.

  • Develop cost estimates using professional designers/builders.

  • Share design with stakeholders.

5. Internship Program​

  • Retain, recruit, train, and schedule 4 high school interns at $12 p.h., 8 hours a week for 52 weeks, and 1 high school intern leader at $14 p.h., 10 hours a week plus Program Director time.

  • Website, Certificates, Letters, School Awards, Exit Interviews.

6. Science Cafés

  • Continue developing Cafés based on participant input.

  • Identify volunteer Café manager.

  • Identify and contract for in-door venue.

7. Develop Master Naturalist Program

  • Create Chapter of AZ Master Naturalists.

  • Design Curriculum and Scholarships.

  • Market Programming.

  • Initiate Program.

8. Pavilion Development

  • Engage BSL participants, interns, and volunteers in design engagement.


In 2017, the City of Bisbee, Freeport McMoRan (FMI), M. Greene Planning & Resource Development, Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN), and University of Arizona South’s Education Department came together to discuss mutual interests and how each might achieve their individual goals and objectives through a collaborative economic and education development endeavor.  To that end, these five organizations determined that a feasibility study was required to examine the formation of a multi-faceted, non-profit, science exploration and research center that could (1) promote tourism, (2) provide experiential science learning activities for students; (3) facilitate the professional development of teachers; and (4) support ongoing STEAM research; thereby substantially improving the overall economic and education outlook and conditions for Bisbee.


With USDA funding and financial support from FMI, Arizona Public Service (APS), RAIN, as well as volunteer support from University of Arizona South, the City of Bisbee, and M. Greene Planning & Resource Development the feasibility study was completed in August 2018.  The Study suggested the project was feasible and in October 2018, a second USDA grant along with financial support from partners and sponsors helped to open a store-front, pop-up science center on Main Street in Bisbee.


The Bisbee Science Lab, located at 519 W Melody Lane in Sane Jose is operated as part of the Design Phase for a permanent Science Center.  The Lab hosts Science Café, a lecture series, provides exhibits in support of that series, and develops exhibit based experiences for people to be engaged in regional scientific research.  Utilizing Virtual and Augmented Reality technology, visitors can learn about a variety of scientific and technology based programs that reach beyond our region and even beyond our planet.  Data collected from visitors will inform the development of a permanent science center and the types of exhibits that are most interesting and useful in providing an informal learning experience for the visitor.


Board of Directors

Etta Kralovec, University of Arizona, Chairperson

Melanie Greene, M. Greene Planning & Resource Development, Secretary/Treasurer

Robert Quinanar, Freeport McMoRan, Vice Chairperson

Jason Macoviak, Library Manager, Copper Queen Library

Jen McBeth, Director of Instruction, Bisbee Unified School District

Sepp Sprietsma, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Rural Activation & Innovation Network representative

Advisory Board

Carrie Gustavson | Executive Director, Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

Thora Colot | Consultant, Museums & Exhibitions Content

Mark Apel | Extension Agent, University of Arizona

Allison Brody | Director of STEM Education and Workforce Development Center at Explora

Paul Martin | Research Professional, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Shipherd Reed | Associate Director, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium 

Eric Meyer | University of Arizona



Etta Kralovec, Co Executive Director: Volunteer, Unpaid

Melanie Greene, Co Executive Director: Volunteer, Unpaid

Amie Esteves, Program Director

Bijoyini Chatterjee, Administrator, Contractor

Blake Houghton, UA Coverdell Landscape Design Fellow

Eliani Rubio, Lead Bisbee Science Lab High School Intern

Melanie Morales, Bisbee Science Lab High School Intern

Donovan Greene, Bisbee Science Lab High School Intern

Frank Davis, Facilities Manager: Volunteer

John Miller, Engineering Educator: Volunteer

Financial Sponsors

Financial support provided by these generous sponsors.