Are you looking for a novel solution to a sustainability problem?

Welcome to NatureMaker, a collaboration between the Library and Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University. NatureMaker is an active learning library that facilitates hands-on explorations of nature. It’s a place where inspiration from nature is transformed into sustainable innovation.

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  • Nature Maker 1 Skull Display
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  • Nature Maker 2 Cactus
  • Nature Maker 3 Bark

Why Look to Nature?

It’s an encyclopedia of time-tested blueprints for solving our most pressing challenges. “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 Resources:

NatureMaker is located in the Biomimicry Center on ASU’s Tempe campus. This hands-on learning library offers visitors a wide variety of tools for observing nature up close. Discover innovative solutions to sustainability challenges in a wide variety of disciplines from design and business to engineering and fashion.

  • Hundreds of natural history artifacts ranging from feathers, shells and skeletons to insects, dried plants and seeds.
  • An array of tools for visualizing natural phenomena, including microscopes, 3-D scanners, binoculars, field kits and magnifying lenses.
  • A collection of books that are useful in the study of biomimicry including volumes on such topics as biomechanics, natural history and up-close photography of objects drawn from nature.


  • NatureMaker Hours

    NatureMaker Hours

    Walk-ins welcome!

    Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 9am–4pm
    Wed: 9am-1pm



  • Come discover NatureMaker

    Come and discover NatureMaker

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

    Contact Us:

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    ASU Faculty Resources

    We have a number of resources and opportunities available for faculty. 

    Faculty Resources    

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Workshops and events

There are currently no scheduled Makerspace events.