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Backyard Project
A Regenerative Learning Ecosystem

The Bisbee Science Lab is located at 519 W Melody Lane, Bisbee AZ, a property owned and operated by the Bisbee Unified School District. The Bisbee Science Lab, in conjunction with the Bisbee Unified School District, Copper Queen Library, and Bisbee community are working to redesign the roughly 8 acre backyard into a versatile public space. We are thrilled to introduce our Design Team which includes SALT Landscape Architecture, Wilder Landscapes, Creative Machines, and PSOMAS

The Backyard Project is in swing! We have reached 75% schematic design, which we shared at our Backyard Blast in July. Over 130 people attend and provide feedback on our designs so far. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to get the most up-to-date information about this project or email Thea at with any questions. 

Check out our interview on the radio! 

Radio InterviewThea Van Gorp, Allen Compton, Joe O'Connell
00:00 / 45:15

Project Manager


Thea Van Gorp 

Project Manager, Bisbee Science Lab

Thea Van Gorp was born and raised in Bisbee. She is an experienced education consultant with a background in community education and informal learning and has worked in a variety of museums and nonprofits in Tucson and in New York City. Thea holds a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology & Education with an emphasis on Leveraging Informal Learning and Rural Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She recently moved back to Bisbee to work on this project and give back to her community. 

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