What’s an Earthship?
An earthship is an off-the-grid and self-sufficient home that is made out of primarily natural and recycled materials like earth-rammed tires, cans, and bottles. Earthships harvest their own water from the sky and recycle that water multiple times. They grow their own food, treat their own sewage, and collect power from the sun and wind. They also use passive solar heating and cooling. Imagine no utility bills and a home that takes care of you year round.
What the self-guided tour includes:
The self-guided tour is within the Visitor Center building and two pathways to walk around outside. The Visitor Center building is a fully functioning earthship designed to provide education about Earthship Biotecture. You will be greeted at the front desk by one of our friendly staff members whom will provide you with some helpful information before beginning your self-guided tour. You will begin by walking through the greenhouse where you will learn about different functions of the building and experience the plentiful diversity of plants. At the end of the greenhouse you will enter a video viewing room where you will find a few videos that are on a loop which lasts about 10 minutes. The next room will be a slideshow viewing room where you can see photographs of the thousands of earthships around the world. This includes earthship humanitarian projects, personal homes, primary schools, and much more (about 15 minutes). You will then walk through the systems hallway to learn about and view our Water Organizing Module and our Power Organizing Module. You will then walk through our gallery (see gallery description below). There are two pathways available outside. One pathway takes you up to the roof to see our rain catchment system. The other pathway is south of the Visitor Center across the driveway where you will find ropes and arrows that guide you around the outside of a few other buildings.
What the 1.5-hour guided tour includes:
You will meet outside of the Earthship Visitor Center at 3:25pm. Once everyone has arrived, one of our friendly staff will take the group on a walk to our Earthship Classroom. Once arriving to our classroom, your tour guide will use hanging panels to explain a bit about the history and what defines earthships today (for about 40 minutes). They will then take you into and around a few of our other educational facility buildings. These buildings include our simple survival buildings, the E.V.E. project, the first Earthship built in the community, and then through our Earthship Visitor Center. This tour is offered every day for the summer months from 3:30pm – 5pm. Tickets are only available for purchase online. Please wear appropriate shoes for dirt/muddy roads and pathways and rain gear for monsoon season.
What the gallery includes:
The gallery experience includes learning panels, photographs, merchandise (including many educational books on sale for purchase), one of our knowledgable staff members for questions, access to a restroom, and of course being inside of an earthship!