Play the video above to watch these stories on AZ Illustrated Nature for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Biosphere 2 We visit Biosphere 2 north of Tucson to learn about some of the research that is taking place at this world-famous facility that is now administered and operated by the University of Arizona. Scientists there are working on multiple projects including rain forests and groundwater scarcity.

UA Mineral Mineral Museum We visit the UA Mineral Museum at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. It is described as one of the nation's best museums of its kind on a university campus and includes many minerals from Arizona, Mexico and other regions of the world.

Children’s Museum The Children's Museum in Tucson provides many entertaining and educational opportunities for children. It can be especially appealing during the summer months when many families are seeking a respite from the extremely hot temperatures.

Flandrau Tony Paniagua speaks with the director of the Flandrau Science Center, Bill Plant.