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.

2020 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 November 1, 2019 the Board of Directors unanimously approved six 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 
    •  Seek resources for a paid staff person to provide administrative support to the organization.

    •   Solicit and train volunteers who are interested in administrative tasks

  2. BSERC Annex programming 

    • Continue to build on annex programming including Science Friday (programming for students who are not in school on Fridays), Maker/Tinker Space, and Pie & Sky events.

    • Build partnerships to create a STEM based showcase of local and regional exhibits including, but not limited to, agrivoltaics, plants and trees suitable to local landscapes, bio-blitz research grid, and summer camps.

    • Create space suitable for hosting local STEM clubs, in partnership with schools, 4-H, and others.  Clubs may include robotics, rocketry, and astronomy.

    •  Enhance marketing efforts for Annex programming.

    • Solicit and train volunteers interested in Annex programming.

    • Continue to solicit public input and engagement and collect data to evaluate programming and determine programming interest.

  3. Bisbee Science Lab – Queen Mine Tour location

    • Continue to work with QMT staff to identify mutually beneficial marketing and programming opportunities addressing student and visitor demographics.

    • Create additional exhibits through open-calls for proposals that encourage science/art collaborations creating interactive exhibits that engage persons across age groups.

    • Work with QMT staff to develop a geology tour.

    •  Solicit and train volunteers interested in becoming docents at the Lab

    • Continue to solicit public input and engagement to evaluate programming and exhibit interest.

  4. Science Cafes

    • Identify topics and speakers for a twelve month period.

    • Continue to solicit public input and engagement to evaluate programming and topic interest

  5. Research

    • Create data collection tools and develop opportunities for the public to provide feedback on existing programming and future programming.

    • Collect data throughout BSERC’s programming 

    • Analyze and share data with public and partner

  6. Mobile Lab

    • Seek resources for the development of a curriculum-based mobile environmental science lab that will travel to field sites and schools across Cochise County



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

Robert Quinanar, Freeport McMoRan, Vice Chairperson

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

Theresa Coleman, Bisbee City Manager

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



Melanie Greene, Project Manager and Director of Development

Frank Davis, Facilities Manager

Etta Kralovec, Principal Investigator and Exhibit Coordinator

Amie Esteves, Program Coordinator

Sadie Hectus, Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center High School Intern

Eliani Rubio, Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center High School Intern

Melanie Morales, Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center High School Intern

Donovan Greene, Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center High School Intern

Jade Luinstra, Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center High School Intern

Mandy Becker, University of Arizona Intern

Paul Lindsey, University of Arizona Intern

Financial Sponsors

Financial support provided by these generous sponsors.