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Are you looking for a novel solution to a design, engineering, or sustainability problem?

Welcome to NatureMaker, a place where inspiration from nature is transformed into sustainable innovation.

NatureMaker is an active learning library that facilitates hands-on explorations of nature.

Why look to nature? “After 3.8 billion years of evolution,” writes biomimicry thought leader Janine Benyus, “nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, benign chemistry, transportation, collaboration, and more…. Mimicking these earth-savvy designs can help humans leapfrog to technologies that sip energy, shave material use, reject toxins, and work as a system to create conditions conducive to life.”

NatureMaker Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9am–2pm
Thursday: 11am–4pm

Wednesday: Closed


The Biomimicry Center
Design South (CDS) – Room 126
850 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

Learning resources include:

  • a collection of hundreds of natural artifacts from both terrestrial and marine environments
  • an array of visualization tools for studying natural phenomena
  • a collection of biomimicry and natural history books including volumes on such topics as biomechanics, field guides and nature macrophotography.

Come visit NatureMaker and see how nature can reframe your challenge and transform your solutions.

NatureMaker is a collaboration between Arizona State University’s Library and Biomimicry Center.