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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.

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Living Lab & Learning Center News

Register today to save your spot!July 17 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. ¡Registrase hoy para reservar su espacio!El sabado 17 de julio a las 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join us in the shade for our bilingual story time on Saturday July 17th @ 9:00am! We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in English and Spanish, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. Family Saturdays are held at the Living Lab and Learning Center located at 1137 N. Dodge Blvd.  This is a drop-in program that is fun for the entire family....
Building Healthy Desert Soils
Our Field Studies classes cover sustainable desert dwelling skills in a fun, engaging, and (mostly) digital environment. Classes include topics such as composting toilets, laundry-to-landscape greywater systems, native edible landscapes, building healthy desert soils, and rain tank irrigation systems.  To eliminate access barriers to our educational offerings, we invite everyone to participate regardless of your ability to pay. If you have the means, please consider supporting our educational...
WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center is our cream of the crop demonstration site and beats the pants off LEED standards! Our interactive tours showcase our systems in detail. Tour highlight: the Living Lab is water self-sufficient! We have rainwater on tap and currently meet 100% of our water needs with rainwater, greywater, and stormwater. By the time you leave, you'll be overflowing with project ideas for your home.  The Living Lab is also our office headquarters and was named AZ’s Greenest...
Building Healthy Desert Soils
Join us for our Virtual Living Lab Field Studies Classes! You'll learn sustainable desert living skills in a fun, contact-free, digital environment. Learn working systems to improve soil health, care for your urban forest, composting toilets, and more.  Classes include topics such as Composting Toilets, Rain Gardens, Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Systems, Healthy Desert Soils, Rain Tanks, and Rain Tank Irrigation Systems. Some of our classes are offered for free thanks to grant funding from...
Intern Class of 2020
Our experiential internship programs are designed to provide real world work experience while adapting to the unique opportunities and constraints resulting from COVID-19. Interns will work directly with WMG staff as well as the greater community of docents, volunteers, and partners on project work that fulfills WMG’s mission. The new Summer Internship Program is an 9-week program starting June 15th, with opportunities in the areas of river restoration, geographic information systems, community...