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Backyard Design Project


The Bisbee Science Lab is located at 519 W Melody Lane, Bisbee AZ, a property owned and operated by the Bisbee Unified School District. 

The Bisbee Science Lab, in conjunction with the Bisbee Unified School District, Copper Queen Library, Bisbee community, and UA landscape design Coverdell fellow Blake Houghton, is working to redesign the roughly 8 acre backyard into a versatile public space.

In October 2021, we invited sustainable landscape design architect Gerardo Ruiz Smith from San Miguel Mexico to run a collaborative design workshop at 519 W Melody Lane. Our 35 participants provided valuable ideas that helped shape our current work. In November and December 2021, we ran workshops with local elementary, middle, and high school students. Their creative input will be integral as we continue with the design of the landscape.

Current Work

We are currently working on gathering more community input regarding this project before we begin the design process in earnest.

We are looking for residents of San Jose, Warren, Hereford, and the general Bisbee area to participate in the survey below outlining what they would like to see in a public space at 519 W Melody Lane.

If you are interested in providing input during this engagement phase, please fill out the survey below!

Interested in becoming more involved in the design process? Email us at

Satellite Image Provided by UA Landscape Design Student Blake Houghton

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Satellite Image Provided by Gerardo Ruiz Smith

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