It's Time to Ask Nature (site tagline)

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The living world holds answers for us to create a more resilient, regenerative, and beautiful world. It is time to quiet our cleverness, to observe and listen deeply, and reconnect to nature’s wisdom by asking, “How does nature solve this?”

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Nature is more than the sum of its parts. Explore the connections between individual biological strategies, innovations, or educational resources as leading thinkers, scientists, artists, and others reflect on unifying themes in biomimicry.

What Guidance Does Nature Have for COP26?

Natural organisms have managed to do everything we want to do without guzzling fossil fuels, polluting the planet, or mortgaging the future. Janine Benyus Co-Founder of the Biomimicry Institute

The goals are ambitious and the negotiations are delicate, but even at the highest levels of COP26, nature offers us models to learn from.

For Educators

The world of the future will be designed by the students of today. Ask Nature has tools to help educators bring biomimicry into the classroom for a single day or for a whole school year.

Students examine a plant specimen in lab classroom

Introducing Biomimicry in High School

Biomimicry Institute

This collection of activities provides a high school level introduction to the concept of biomimicry, along with instruction to support student use of the resources on the AskNature website to apply biomimicry to any design challenge.

A Gentler Robot

Biomimicry Institute

Explore resources for teaching engineering concepts and practices using the story of a flexible robotic arm inspired by the muscles in elephants’ trunks.

Biomimicry: Nature as Model, Measure, and Mentor

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

In this three‑part lesson students explore what nature can teach us about the principles of sustainable design and reflect on applications to a problem in their home, school, or community.

Keeping It Clean

Biomimicry Institute

Explore resources for teaching about superhydrophobicity and nanotechnology using the story of how super water‑repellent lotus leaves inspired self‑cleaning surface coatings.

Binoculars and hiking maps on rocky cliffs with landscape

Ask Nature Scavenger Hunt

Biomimicry Institute

Get familiar with how to use the Ask Nature website by exploring what it has to offer.

Biological Strategies

We've curated more than 1700 strategies developed by living things that achieve thousands of different functions. Whatever challenge you're looking to address, nature can serve as your model, measure, and mentor.

Innovations

Whether you're building tools for underwater communication or finding new ways to map the cosmos, nature is rife with practical inspiration for the project at hand. Ask Nature's innovation database makes it easy to explore a variety of products and design solutions inspired by the natural world.

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Spotlight Species: Otters & Beavers

Faces and Phases of Energy

Our Most Popular Pages for November 2021

With over 1700 biological strategies cultivated on Ask Nature, there are dozens of somethings for anyone. But time has shown that at any given time, a few things seem to be the right thing for everyone. Explore some of our most popular pages now.

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