The Bio/Diversity Project is a collaborative effort between WISE, Saguaro National Park and the Friends of Saguaro National Park, with additional support from local environmental organizations including the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, Sierra Club, and Sky Island Alliance, aimed at increasing the diversity of voices included in discussions of environmental problems and the development of their solutions. By increasing access to innovative environmental science educational opportunities and training, mentoring, and work experience along the K-16+ educational pipeline, we aim to get students excited about environmental science and support them along their educational journeys and into the workforce. This program was launched with funding in 2016 by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and from 2018-2021 was generously funded by the UA Green Fund. Currently, the program is supported by the Department of Environmental Science, the Honor's College, and the School of Geography, Development & Environment.
The Bio/Diversity Project places University of Arizona students with K-12 school partners to assist with the implementation of culturally-relevant and place-based environmental science curriculum focused on the topic of biodiversity. Curriculum is focused on a series of schoolyard biodiversity inventories and related activities where UA interns will help K-12 students collect data on plants, animals, and other life forms in their everyday environments. Classes are followed up by educational field trips to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and/or Saguaro National Park to expose the students to a variety of environmental science careers.
Learn about The Bio/Diversity Project Leadership Program
During the 2020-2021 academic year, UArizona students developed and implemented self-directed projects that engaged the campus community around issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and gender and racial equity within environmental fields.
Intern with the Bio/Diversity Project
Get hands-on experience working in science education and outreach in local schools, while working directly with staff from the National Park Service and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.