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    Biosphere 2

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When being around Tucson you should definitely come here to the Biosphere 2. It is a very interesting facility filled with technics to simulate ecosystems. In the past the whole facility was sealed totally (gas tight) and a group of people lived inside for two years to study their effects on 'their ecosystem.
    You can join a guided tour there and even get inside the glass houses.

    For prizes and times have a look at the visitor information on the webpage of Biosphere 2. I placed a direct link to this page below.

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    Oracle State Park: General

    by Basaic Written May 9, 2008

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    Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre environmental education park with approximately 15 miles of hiking trails. It also boasts the Historic Kannally Ranch House which is open for tours. There is also a picnic area; child nature eduction programs; and an access to the Arizona Trail. The park is open from 7 AM to 5 PM, every day except Christmas. House tours available on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 AM and 2 PM.

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    See Biosphere 2

    by Basaic Written May 9, 2008

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    Biosphere 2 is a 3.14 acre Biosphere facility with 7,200,000 cubic feet of sealed glass consisting of 6,500 windows. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe, and to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $20 for adults and children 13 and over; $13 for children 6 to 12; and free for children 5 and under. Military can get in for $18.

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    St Helen's Mission

    by Basaic Written May 8, 2008

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    In the mid-nineteenth century, Oracle was a small Indian village known as Summit Springs. In 1870 two prospectors, Alex McKay and Jimmy Lee came to the area. It was Jimmy Lee who gave Oracle its name, after a ship owned by his uncle which had navigated around the Horn.
    The Catholic community in Oracle dates back to at least the 1890s. Mass was administered every month or two, on Saturdays, in the ballroom of the old Mountain View Hotel (presently the site of the Oracle Baptist Church) by Father Basilio Delgado, a Carmelite Priest from Assumption Church in Florence. He was succeeded as Pastor in Florence by Father Jose Domingo Jaquez, who visited Oracle every two weeks to minister to the spiritual needs of its Catholic residents.

    St. Helen’s Catholic Church, with its beautiful Spanish design and unique stained glass windows, has been a landmark in Oracle since 1927. It was built through the generosity of Charles and Helen Gilliland, who also donated the Sacred Vessels, Vestments and Church furnishings.

    The mission is open to the public.

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    Oracle State ParkRanging...

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Oracle State Park

    Ranging from 3,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, the nearly 4,000-acre park consists of oak grassland, riparian woodland, and mesquite scrub habitats which contain a diversity of wildlife and plant species. The park,which in the early 1900s encompassed 78 sections (49,920 acres), began as a cattle ranch . By 1952 all but the current park acreage had been sold. In 1975 the ranch was willed to the Defenders of Wildlife as a wildlife refuge and in 1986 the land became part of the Arizona State Parks system.

    Arizona Trail

    A seven mile section of the Arizona Trail, which will eventually run from Mexico to Utah, passes through Oracle State Park. This section of trail is open to the public for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Motorized vehicle use is prohibited. Trailheads are located off American Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Hwy. 77, and at American Flag Corral on the old Mt. Lemmon Road. Trail information and maps can be obtained by contacting the park.

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    Oracle State Park: Wildlife Blind

    by Basaic Written May 9, 2008

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    They have a wildlife blind along the Nature Trail so you can watch the wildlife without scaring them away.

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    Oracle State Park: Kannally Ranch

    by Basaic Updated May 9, 2008

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    In 1902 Neil Kannally built a ranch on this land. The ranch has been restored and is open for tours.

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    Oracle State Park: Cacti

    by Basaic Written May 9, 2008

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    Since Oracle State Park is in the desert it has the usual assortment of plantlife to include a number of species of cacti.

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    Oracle State Park: Visitor's Center

    by Basaic Updated May 9, 2008

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    Of course one of the first places you should go would be the Visitor's Center to get all the information you need to have a great visit.

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    Check out the Mission

    by lucythedog Written Nov 8, 2005

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    A vivsit to the little St Helen's mission is worth it...a beautiful little serene church...very peaceful

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