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Welcome our new Mobile Lab Director, Liz Van! 

The Sky Island STEAM Express is our mobile lab that visits several different schools in Southern Arizona. The lab exhibits have different topics and are co-created with interested community members, students, and partners including the University of Arizona. Check out our past exhibits and our new Hydrology Exhibit! 

Interested in learning more, or having one of our exhibits at your school or event? Email Liz at!

Liz's position is funded by the Arizona Parks & Trails!

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Hi, I'm Liz!

I grew up just south of Birmingham, Alabama and feel most at peace outside with my hands in the dirt. I obtained my degree in Environmental Studies & have since worked with various non-profits ranging from water quality monitoring to environmental, STEAM-based outdoor education! With a passion for travel and people, I lived out of my van exploring the countryside while documenting folks' stories in 2021 and also joined a Western Swing band upon returning to Birmingham. As a recent transplant to Southern AZ, I’m excited to explore the flora and fauna & find meaningful ways to connect with the community through hands-on, STEAM education in Cochise County!

Our Impact


Students Served Across S.E. Arizona So Far! 


Local Schools Visited 

"I love that you guys do stuff so people can learn new things. I know lots of people are thankful that you came here."

Our Funders

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Hunter, 3rd Grade

I learned how plants grow better with a solar panel. I wish you will come back!

Zoey, 3rd Grade

My favorite part was learning about what a solar panel is! Every station I learned something new!

Dylan, 3rd Grade

I learned about electricity from the sun and plants. I hope you visit again!

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