The Bio/Diversity Project 

The Bio/Diversity Project is a collaborative effort between WISE, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Friends of Saguaro National Park 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 from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and is now generously funded by the UA Green Fund (2018-2021).  

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.