Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site just north of Tucson, Arizona. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9,157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational adventures. SkyNights is a popular after-dark program. Learn the constellations, observe interesting atmospheric phenomena, and view the wonders of the cosmos from a high-quality astronomical site using Arizona’s largest dedicated public viewing telescope. Most of humanity have not seen the universe as clearly as you can see it from this telescope atop Mount Lemmon. skycenter.arizona.edu
9800 E Ski Run Rd • Mt. Lemmon, AZ 85619 • 520-626-8122
Biosphere 2 – University of Arizona
There’s only one Biosphere 2! Research teams were at one time sealed in the Biosphere to see if they could survive on their own. Experience the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 and see for yourself why Time Life Books recently named it ‘one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world.’ Visitors from around the world come to experience Earth’s largest living science center dedicated to exploring the environment, the future, and our planet. A unique trail system allows visitors to explore a tropical rainforest, savanna, coastal fog desert, and a million-gallon ocean with a real coral reef — all within Biosphere 2! Knowledgeable tour guides take you on this adventure to explain the history, research, and unprecedented science taking place inside this engineering marvel. b2science.org
32540 S Biosphere Rd • Oracle, AZ 85623 • 520-838-6200
Kitt Peak National Observatory
50-60 mi Southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation
Explore your universe! The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to 24 optical and two radio telescopes representing dozens of astronomical research institutions. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), funded by the National Science Foundation, oversees site operations on Kitt Peak. Explore the Visitor Center exhibits and gift shop to learn about astronomy. Take a tour and discover how astronomers use telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the Universe. Visit the National Solar Observatory exhibit gallery, and watch scientists operate the world’s largest solar telescope.
S.R 86/Junction 386 • Tucson, AZ 85726 • 520-318-8726
Parks and Nature Preserves
Saguaro National Park East
The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park on Tucson’s east side ranges from an elevation of 2,670 ft to 8,666 ft. The park contains six diverse habitats. Starting from the lowest elevation, these include desert scrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, pine-oak woodland, pine forest, and mixed conifer forest. Average annual precipitation is approximately 12.30 in. Animals such as the black bear, Mexican spotted owl, Arizona mountain king snake, and white-tailed deer live in this region. See a forest of the largest cactus in the world, the Saguaro. Some of them are as much as 200 years old! The park has many hiking and biking trails, overlooks, and picnic areas. www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
3693 S Old Spanish Trail • Tucson, AZ 85730 • 520-733-5158
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