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Bisbee Science Lab Grand Opening 

24 Main St. Bisbee

Friday, February 1st from 5pm to 7pm

Virtual Reality, hands-on exhibits for children and adults and more

Click here to view press release


Science Café

The Next Generation of Desert Research

Location: Bisbee Royale

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time:  2pm to 4pm

Featured Speaker: Dr. Benjamin T. Wilder, Desert Ecologist

Director, Desert Laboratory at Tumamoc Hill, UA 

Citizen Scientist Opportunities for those who want to get engaged

Limited seating – Get your free tickets at Eventbrite now!


Science Café:

The Changing Climate of Arizona and the Southwest US - Perspectives from National Climate Assessment Authors


Location: Bisbee Royale

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

National Climate Assessment Authors:

Heidi Brown

(UA College of Public Health) 


Jim Buizer

(UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment;

also, Institute of the Environment) 

Gregg Garfin

(UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment; also, Institute of the Environment) 

Lens on the Border:

Creative Resistance through the Eyes of Borderlands Photographers


Lens on the Border is a compilation of vibrant images seeking to capture the essence of the Mexico-U.S. border region. The exhibit is an act of resistance against the stereotypes, sensationalism, paranoia and xenophobia that plague mainstream representations of the verdant landscapes, vibrant communities and plentiful wildlife along the border.

Lens on the Border is the work of eight photographers from both sides of the border and the Tohono O'odham Nation, and is sponsored by Sierra Club. More information can be found at


Science Café

Biosphere 2: Science for the Future of our Planet

Location: Bisbee Royale

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Featured Speaker: Kevin Bonine

Director of Education & Outreach, Biosphere 2


Be part of the live theater audience when The Buzz comes to Bisbee.

The Buzz LIVE: Bisbee Science Café
The Present and Future of the San Pedro River


Join Arizona Public Media and NPR 89.1/88.9's The Buzz at the Bisbee Royale for a special live show about the present and future of the San Pedro River, including discussion about conservation, science, water use and the area’s native biodiversity. 

Host Christopher Conover will be joined by Holly Richter from The Nature Conservancy, Scott Feldhausen from the Bureau of Land Management, Sara Ransom from Cochise County, and aquatic ecologist Michael Bogan. After the discussion, the panel will welcome questions from the audience.


Bisbee Royale 
94 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ 85603

Friday, May 10, 2019

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Program is from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

The event is free but tickets are required. Visit to reserve your seat!

Grand Opening of the Bisbee Science Lab

in San Jose!

Date: May 10th

Time: 12:30-2:00

In conjunction with the Copper Queen Library Annex Ice Cream social.

Past Science Fridays:

Come join us for Science Fridays at the Bisbee Science Lab at 10AM for fun, FREE, hands-on STEM activities for youth ages 9-18!

Theme: Adventures in Density

Date: April 5th

Theme: Create Your Own Lightning

Date: April 12th

Theme: Water Cycle and Make a Terrarium

Date: May 3rd

Theme: Be a Junior Master Gardener

Date: May 10th

Call for Exhibit Proposals & Pre-Proposal Meeting 

May 15 Call for Exhibit Proposals – The Bisbee Science Lab in collaboration with Central School Project is putting out a Call for Proposals to science-minded and arts-centric persons who wish to work independently or in collaboration with one another to develop an interactive, STEAM exhibit based on the theme FOOD.  Chosen exhibits will receive a cash award and will be exhibited at the Lab from mid-September through mid-December.  A pre-proposal Q&A meeting will be held at Central School Project on May 23rd at 5:30 p.m.  Look for more information on this unique call for exhibits on the BSL website at or call Melanie Greene at 520-255-3274.  

Portable Planetarium

Arizona Science Center, BUSD, and the Bisbee Science Lab bring a portable planetarium to the Bisbee High School gym.

Location: Bisbee High School gym

May 31 –  Guided shows: 5:30 p.m. English  7:30 p.m. Spanish


June 1 – Open access between 10:00 and 4:00 p.m. with a guided show at 2:00 in Spanish

Shows are 45 minutes in duration.


* Show times and free tickets for Bisbee Planetarium can be found at link above

Pie and Sky

The Bisbee Science Lab is hosting an outdoor astronomy event to look at the cosmos from the dark skies of our San Jose Annex.  Families are encouraged to attend and will be able to view celestial bodies and take “close-up” pictures through our telescope using their cell phone cameras.  Events start at dusk with viewing when skies are dark.  Pizza pie will be served.  Bring a blanket or chairs when attending these free events.  

Location: San Jose Annex, 519 Melody Lane (old San Jose Middle School)

Date: June 17, 2019

Time: dusk

Pie and Sky

Pie and Sky finds Earth’s Strawberry Moon and four of Jupiter’s moons

It’s the Summer of Space at the Bisbee Science Lab and clear skies were the perfect stage for the organization’s first Pie and Sky event on Monday, June 17th at the San Jose Annex (former Middle School) at 519 Melody Lane.

In addition to pizza pies, sky watchers were treated to views from three different telescopes to see planets, stars, and, of course, the moon.  Sergio Catenazzo, a teacher at Bisbee High School, Winston Frederickson, a recent NAU graduate with a degree in Astronomy, and Eric Myer, with the UA South Sin Fronteras program helped visitors with viewing, identified constellations, and kept telescopes trained on points of interest across the sky.

The next Bisbee Science Lab Pie and Sky event will be Monday, June 24th at 519 Melody Lane.  The event is free to all. Parking is in front or behind the school.   Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and sky viewing starts when darkness falls.  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this great opportunity to get a closer view of our neighbors in the galaxy.


Location: San Jose Annex, 519 Melody Lane (old San Jose Middle School)

Date: June 24, 2019

Time: dusk


Mark Kelly, Astronaut

The Copper Queen Library will be hosting Mark Kelly, a NASA astronaut who has logged 54 days in space over several missions. Captain Kelly will be talking with Summer Reading Program (SRP) participants at the Library from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Make sure you are registered as a Library SRP participant and get ready to meet Arizona’s favorite space-man.  Contact Allison Williams at the Copper Queen Library to register for the Summer Reading Program at or call 520-432-4232.

Location: Copper Queen Library

Date: June 27, 2019

Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Pie and Sky

The next Bisbee Science Lab Pie and Sky event will be Thursday July 18th at 519 Melody Lane.  The event is free to all. Parking is in front or behind the school. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and sky viewing starts when darkness falls.  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this great opportunity to get a closer view of our neighbors in the galaxy.


Location: San Jose Annex, 519 Melody Lane (old San Jose Middle School)

Date: Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Time: dusk

Bisbee Mining Museum + Smithsonian Channel presents

"The Day We Walked on the Moon"


1969, orbiting Earth, three astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin set out on a likely death mission that could only end in one of three ways: land, abort, or crash.

Join us Saturday July 20th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1moon landing with a screening of Smithsonian Channel's The Day We Walked on the Moon.

Date: Friday, July 20th

Location: Bisbee Royale

Science Space

Science Space is part of the Copper Queen Library’s Summer Reading Program with a focus on all things Space. Programs will be held at the Bisbee Science Lab at 24 Main Street in old Bisbee from 10:30 until 12:30 beginning June 19th and every Wednesday through July.  Kids k-12 will be using kits provided by the National Informal Science Education Network and NASA to learn more about space and celebrating BIG adventures including the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing.  Jr. High and High School kids can accumulate BSL community volunteer hours (useful for college and job applications) by attending and helping younger kids. This program is free to participants who must register with the Copper Queen Library’s Summer Reading program.  For more information and to register, contact Allison Williams, Copper Queen Library, at or calling the Library at 520-432-4232.

Location: Bisbee Science Lab, 24 Main Street

Date: Every Wednesday through July

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Here’s what’s STEAMing 

At the San Jose Annex : 519 Melody Lane

The Science Friday program has moved to the San Jose Annex (old San Jose Middle School on Melody Lane) and are from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. each Friday from May through July*.  STEAM programs are offered by UA Extension Office, 4-H, the National Park Service, and Arizona Science Center.  Science Friday remains free, thanks to our sponsors and donors like you, and is open to kids ages 6-19 – no sign-up required.

*There will be no Science Friday on July 5th


Tinker Tuesday is a great way for kids to get hands-on knowledge of technology, electronics, and electricity.  Located at the Annex, the program is every Tuesday in June and July from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Learn how to use tools safely and get the “inside scoop” on how things work by taking apart machines, appliances, and a variety of other things we use every day.  Tinker Tuesday is led by the Cochise County 4-H program and is available to kids ages 9 to 19, and requires a $25.00 annual 4-H membership. Some scholarships are available for families who qualify for the school free-lunch program.  For information on scholarships contact Melanie Greene at Bisbee Science Lab by email at or call 520-255-3274.  To sign up for 4-H contact Wendy West at 520-456-4741 or email 


Friday Maker Space is open every Friday in June and July from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Annex.  A Maker Space is “a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects.” (Laura Flemming, Worlds of Making).  This 4-H supported program brings guided and free-make experiences to kids that includes safety training in tool use, access to 3-D printing, use of technology, and tons of materials are brought together to encourage experimentation, creation, invention, problem-solving, and self-discovery.  As with Tinker Tuesday, this program is available to kids ages 9-19, and requires a 4-H membership.  For more information on Friday Maker Space, contact Wendy West at 520-456-4741 or email her at

Science Cafés:

Fire and Water

Talk about post-fire restoration of rangelands and other ecosystems

Featured Speaker: Elise Gornish

Elise Gornish is an extension specialist whose current research foci include addressing restoration & weed management strategies that mitigate effects of climate change (particularly warming & decreasing precipitation), & designing financially & logistically feasible restoration strategies.

Date: Friday, August 23rd, 5:30 pm

Location: Bisbee Royale

*Elise will also be running the Science Friday program - Friday August 23rd at 1 pm at the Science Lab

Science Cafés:

Bugs and Bats at the Border

Featured Speakers: Michael Bogan, Lindsey Gottwig, Debbie Buecher

Michael Bogan is an assistant professor of aquatic ecology, UA, and invertebrate specialist who has done much work in Whetstones, the San Pedro River Valley, and the South East.

Lindsey Gottwig, a Kartchner Caverns State Park Ranger, heavily involved in bat research conducted at the park.

Debbie Buecher, a bat biologist with 25 years of experience and her own consulting firm studying bat populations.

Date: Friday, October 11th, 5:30 pm

Location: Bisbee Royale




Is There a Climate Crisis? Human Causes, Consequences, and Responses to Global Climate Change and the Border Region

Featured Speaker: Diana Liverman

Diana Liverman is a regents professor and director of the School of Geography and Development at the U of A. She served as the director of the UA Institute of the Environment and the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute. Her work addresses the causes, consequences, and responses to climate change, especially climate vulnerability, adaptation and governance and the links between environment, sustainable development, and food security. Her regional interest is the Americas, especially Mexico, and she is an advocate for the significance of social sciences in global change research, for research to be more responsive to stakeholders, and for climate justice. She was a lead author for the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius.

Date: Friday, October 25th, 5:30 pm

Location: Bisbee Royale

Science Cafés:

Science Café: Mining Reclamation

Location: Central School Project  43 Howell Ave Bisbee, AZ

Date: January 31, 2020

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Please join us in a discussion of mined lands reclamation activities in Bisbee. The voluntary reclamation efforts by Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. involve identifying methodologies that enhance the post-closure value of the area to the community and ecosystem.

Featured Speakers: Libia Gonzalez and Robert Quintanar

Libia is an environmental engineer, with seven years of experience in mine reclamation, environmental monitoring, compliance, resource management and wildlife habitat development. She creates stable, self-sustaining ecosystems that meet the post-mining land use objectives and evaluates reclamation activities for stability, feasibility, and effectiveness.


Robert is a geologist with over forty years of broad experience in open pit and underground mining, environmental engineering, community relations, personnel administration, construction oversight and project management.

Bisbee Science Lab turns 1!

Anniversary and Grand Re-Opening

Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at 3pm


Events to include:

Anniversary Reception and Open House

at the Bisbee Science Lab at 478 N Dart Rd. 


Pie & Sky event

at the BSL Annex at 519 Melody Lane at 6pm.


Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Time: 1 pm - 5 pm

Location: Bisbee Science Lab Annex 519 Melody Lane, Bisbee 


STAR Lab, a portable planetarium on loan from AZ State University is coming to the Bisbee Science Lab Annex! Participants are invited to enter the planetarium where they will learn about constellations and other exciting astronomy concepts. 

UA Virtual Science Cafés

Science Café Spring 2020 Goes Virtual!

Location: Online here!

3-Part Series | Thursdays @ 6pm

Topic: The Biosphere 2 Rainforest, a Magnifying Glass for Ecosystem Responses to Environmental Changes

Speaker: Dr. Joost van Haren

Date/Time: 4/23/20 | 6pm


Topic: From Invasive Shrubs to Grassland Restoration: The Chop n’ Drop Method

Speaker: Ariel Leger

Date/Time: 4/30/20 | 6pm

Topic: The Science of Getting Older

Speaker: George Sutphin

Date/Time: 5/07/20 | 6pm

Marvelous Moon

An Astronomy Event for the Whole Family!

Join us for an early evening of astronomy based fun! Participants will learn about the lunar surface, get a chance to create their own model moon base, and view the full moon through our telescopes at the new Outdoor Learning Center located on the back pavilion of the San Jose Annex.

When: Friday, October 30th, 4:30-7:30PM

Where: San Jose Annex, 519 Melody Lane, Bisbee 

Outdoor Learning Center (Back Pavilion)

Covid-19 Precautions:

  • Facemasks required

  • Social distancing enforced

  • Equipment sanitized between uses

The Minke Whale is finally coming to Bisbee!

The skeleton of this amazing creature is making its way from Maine to our very own Copper Queen Library.​

When: November 14th - 17th, 2020

Follow it's Journey: On Facebook and Instagram

Stay updated for more programs, information and call for exhibits.

Exhibit Creation 101 Workshop

On November 20th, 2020, the Bisbee Science Lab hosted a workshop on exhibit design and creation as part of our IMLS grant and call for local science exhibit proposals.


Experts in exhibit design and development spoke about the history of museums, how to create an engaging exhibit, and important points to consider during the proposal process. 

Watch the workshop here.

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