Working with Nature is our best chance in creating a quality of life for communities.
Circular economies create many social & environmental benefits by connecting the community, creating jobs, and turning waste in to resource streams.
Work with NatuR&D to give your ecosystem, your economy and your future a boost.
NatuR&D is building an open-access, scalable online mapping tool for communities to understand their vulnerabilities to climate change and their opportunities to create rapid resilience in record time. Check out the RUSH – Resilient Urban Systems & Habitat – Initiative.
Fig. #6. A natural ecosystem is multifunctional by design. Cycling nutrients, purifying the air & water, creating habitat for a range of creatures, and capturing carbon into soils. It creates balance in the area and atmosphere.
Our youth are worried about our world.
The practice of biomimicry helps students to better understand themselves, their environment and the rich solution space Nature reveals for solving the world’s problems.
Outdoor experience, online tools and tactile artifacts support the design and prototyping of ideas. It’s the classroom for climate action. Check out the RUSH – Resilient Urban Systems and Habitat – Initiative as a way to start taking action!
Fig. #7. Sprouting ideas inspired by Nature is good for the body, mind and spirit.
Unleash the creative spirit guided by Nature. Integrate resources and tools into the curriculum and ethos of your school.
Support your team with sessions that are nested within the natural rhythm of the school calendar.
We offer an Introduction to Biomimicry for Schools workshop to help educators and students begin to learn to apply Nature’s solutions to life around them.
Fig. #8. Schools of fish move together as a unit getting lift, flow, rest and speed from each other.
Biomimicry in Youth Education - Free K-12 Toolkit
Ask Nature Database
Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge
Embrace the spirit of creativity and competition while saving the world. Enter a group in the Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge
UNature Virtual Biomimicry Microscopy Course - Middle School
Lichen Labs UNature Course – Take your talent and curiosity into the world of microscopy and design a world with the strategies you find.
Open source educational resources
Nawalakw Camp for Kwak’wala Band and Provincial Schools
Nawalakw Camp for Kwak’wala Band and Provincial Schools. Nawalakw Culture Camp can house up to 24 students, their teachers, and up to 12 support staff, and will focus on year-round cultural programming and language revitalization.
Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE)
The Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE) is a voluntary network of inquiry-based schools and school districts in British Columbia and beyond.
Using an inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching through the Spiral of Inquiry, the Networks are dedicated to:
- Every learner crossing the stage with dignity, purpose and options.
- Every learner leaving our settings more curious than when they arrived.
- All learners gaining an understanding of and respect for Indigenous ways of knowing.
- Through our collective efforts to eliminate racism in schools.
Schools participate on an annual basis by engaging in the Spiral of Inquiry and at the end of the year, submitting case studies to share their learning. The Networks share resources, case studies and reflections in a spirit of generosity, curiosity and growth. Network schools are also supported by educational leaders throughout British Columbia, Yukon, Australia and other locations internationally as they work towards improving outcomes for all learners.
Creatures of Habitat & Cool Carbon Connections
“Creatures of Habitat” is an environmental education program delivered annually by Peninsula Streams Society to Gr. 6/7 students to coincide with Earth Day. A mix of indoor and outdoor activities shows participants how to be part of the solution to a healthy environment for all species. For information on all the educational programs including the Climate Change Challenge/Cool Carbon Connections, please connect.
The RUSH – Resilient Urban Systems and Habitat- Initiative is NatuR&D’s online mapping tool for taking action on climate change.
Using the ecosystem as a model for organizations and economic growth, we help you define your niche and refine your offering.
NatuR&D brings tools to create a culture of innovation & connection across sectors and generations.
We offer an Introduction to Biomimicry in Business workshop to help your organization start learning to bring Nature’s solutions to the business world.
Fig. #9. Nature’s intelligence offers a pathway to become more adaptive, locally attuned, resource efficient, high performing, and agile in the face of change.