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Your Living Lab and Learning Center

From water harvesting to lush food forests, the Living Lab is your community educational resource for regenerative desert living.

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore sustainability practices in action through our interactive exhibits and demonstrations in the heart of Tucson. As the headquarters of WMG, the Living Lab also houses our staff working on programs that span Tucson, Mexico, and the Southwest. We are proud to “walk the talk” each day as the 2016 winner of Arizona's Greenest Workplace challenge. Come join us in drinking our rainwater, using the composting toilets, harvesting fresh snacks from the food forest, enjoying native gardens, and biking or busing to the Living Lab.

Come visit us for a tour or class at your Living Lab.We're proud of the Living Lab's rich history and how it's always evolving.

Access WMG's Living Lab and Learning Center Data Portal for weather data, rainwater supply and demand, and moreSee what's new at your Living Lab and Learning Center - it's growing, changing, and developing all the time!

Living Lab & Learning Center News

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Coder Dojo will be offering free week-long coding/gaming workshops at the Living Lab - drawing on WMG's work in water-awareness and 'hydrolocal' practices. Through fun activities – such as exploring the rain gardens, food forest, and other water conservation practices, telling stories, making games, and collecting data - participants will consider what each can do to make the most of the water we have here in Tucson.  Who will be teaching the CoderDojo workshops? Dan...
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WMG’s Living Lab is demonstrating what a sustainable water future could look like – for homes and businesses across the West. Instead of depending on imported water, energy, and resources, we are harvesting nature’s abundance and wisely stewarding these resources. And now you have an opportunity to invest in that future, by supporting our Learning Center project.  The Learning Center is a multi-purpose classroom where we can teach and demonstrate hydro-local solutions to people...
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Join us outside to learn how to plant your own rain garden at home on Saturday, September 16 from 8:00am - 11:00am. Rain gardens help capture rainwater, conserve city water used for irrigation, cool down sidewalks, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for bees, birds, and butterflies. After you attend a hands-on workshop, you can take home a complimentary rain garden kit which includes a native shade tree, native grass, shrub, wildflower seeds, and Tank's wood chip mulch. Plus...
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The Learning Center will ensure WMG's experiential education programs can be expanded to accommodate regular school groups, family activities, professional collaborations, and the unique needs of today's in-person and virtual classes.   The final major buildout of the Living Lab and Learning Center is currently underway, with the addition of the Learning Center, a multi-purpose space that supports our growing in-person and virtual workshops, classes, and community events. The Learning...
WMG's Living Lab & Learning Center
WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center is our cream of the crop demonstration site and beats the pants off LEED standards! WMG's interactive tours showcase our property's water and energy conservation systems in detail, and will inspire ideas for your own home! Learn more and check out the schedule of tours here.