Science Café

Biodiversity in the Sky Islands

Sunday, August 22nd 3:30-5:30 pm 

Location TBD


Paul Hirt, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

The “Sky Islands”—a vast mountain and valley landscape spanning portions of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua—are a treasure trove of biological diversity. From deserts to mixed conifer forests the region’s ecosystems flourish at the intersection of five overlapping biotic provinces: the Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, Rocky Mountains, Sierra Madre Mountains, and Neotropics. The unique location and features of this region support a cumulative biodiversity that is unparalleled in North America. This presentation by Paul Hirt highlights what is so special about this binational Sky Island region and the conservation challenges we face in protecting and restoring its remarkable biodiversity heritage. 

Paul Hirt is a recently retired professor of environmental history and sustainability at Arizona State University. He has published two books and dozens of articles and book chapters on water, energy, and natural resources conservation. In his private life Dr. Hirt works as solar energy advocate, served on the board of directors of Salt River Project from 2016-2020, and was a co-founder of the Sky Island Alliance.

Open Lab Hours & Science Fridays 

A Science Friday Reboot is in the Works!

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10:00 am - 5:00 pm

519 W Melody Lane

The Bisbee Science Lab is now open to the public during Fridays in July. Join us for our Open Lab Hours and Science Fridays. Participants will engage in fun experiments, learn exciting new things, and explore the world of science!

Free and open to the public.

*Transportation Assistance Offered*

If your child would like to attend any of our events but is unable due to transportation issues, the Bisbee Science Lab offers free bus passes to children 8+. For more information please email us at bisbeesciencelab@gmail.com


If you have any questions about the Bisbee Science Lab or any of our events, please email us at bisbeesciencelab@gmail.com


Sky Island STEAM Express

Our mobile lab project, Sky Island STEAM Express, is on the road! Funded by the Rural Activation and Innovation Network, this mobile science lab is travelling throughout Cochise County, bringing interactive STEAM programming to even our most rural residents. Participants engage in hands-on learning opportunities covering a wide range of scientific topics. 

Check out the Sky Island STEAM Express Page for information on when the lab will be visiting your Cochise County Community

Want to act as a community liaison, helping to bring Sky Island STEAM Express to your Cochise County community? Email us at bisbeesciencelab.org 

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Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center

Open Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 pm and Fridays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to students aged 12+

Location: 519 W Melody Lane, Bisbee, AZ

Our new Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center is finally open! With funding from the Bisbee Foundation and support from the Bisbee Unified School District, the Bisbee Outdoor Learning Center will provide high school students a space to complete schoolwork, study, and meet with peers in a safe and distanced manner. Students will have access to high-speed internet, laptops, headphones, tutors, and more in our comfortable outdoor setting.

*masks and social distancing required*

Free Bus Passes

Free bus passes are offered to kids who need transportation to the Annex or Lab for this and all other BSL programs and can be arranged for by calling 520-255-3274 or emailing bisbeesciencelab@gmail.com. Make plans to go full STEAM ahead with us this summer!