Youth Educator Course

Fundamentals of Biomimicry for Formal and Informal Youth Educators

Online Course | $65
Interested in learning more about biomimicry so you can teach about the topic to your students? Do you wish you had a firm grounding in the subject? Professional development is essential support for educators teaching about biomimicry, and the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is pleased to support their efforts to do it well. Whether you are completely new to biomimicry or relatively familiar with the subject, this course will provide you with a solid foundation about what biomimicry is, why it is important, and broad pedagogical considerations about how to teach this fascinating subject to your students.

The course can be taken completely online and at any time. A Certificate of Completion may be printed upon successful completion of the course.

“I loved [the course] and actually learned more than I expected. It really helped me figure out how to best incorporate biomimicry into our Amazon program–moving beyond just a conceptual introduction to the classroom application and pedagogy. Definitely worth the time and money.” 

~ Christa Dillabaugh | Education Coordinator, Amazon Rainforest Workshops 


| To begin, use the button above to sign up for an e-learning account. After purchasing the course with a credit card, you will be sent a user name and password that remains effective for four weeks and gives you access to the course materials. You may take the course at any time during this time period, in one-sitting or in installments. You can return to the sign-in page to revisit the course material at:

Course System Requirements

| A modern web browser (we recommend Mozilla Firefox) with JavaScript and Flash support enabled. Click here if you need to download Adobe Flash Player. Some documents may be provided in DOC format, which requires software such as MS Office or OpenOffice. Lesson portions of the course are delivered as online videos, and require a computer capable of video and audio playback, and an active Internet connection.

What you will learn:

    • What biomimicry is, and why it is important
    • Core principles and concepts that underpin the field
    • Pedagogical considerations and teaching tips for bringing the subject of biomimicry to your students, whatever their ages
    • How biomimicry relates to teaching general science, biology, chemistry, physics, sustainability, design, engineering, educational standards, etc.
    • New inspiration, capacity, and confidence to expose your students to biomimicry
    • How to find new tools and resources for additional exploration

“OUTSTANDING. I thought the course was wonderful and kept going back to it because I found it so enriching, on so many levels. The course content, slides, and videos were highly engaging. Overall, an outstanding course to provide the information and new thinking for teachers. Personally, I feel that I gained a great deal from going through it.”

~ Dr. Abby B. Bergman | Regional Science Coordinator, Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Putnam/Northern Westchester, New York

Click here to read more testimonials from educators who have taken the course.

CE Credits

| This course has been approved for 6 recertification credits in Montana and Wyoming, and for 6 clock hours in Arizona. The course is recommended for in-service credit by the P/NW BOCES Center for Environmental Education (New York).

Course Contents

| The course is comprised of a sequential series of sections and chapters organized as follows:

Section I: Defining biomimicry

Chapter 1 – Mimicking natural forms, processes and systems
Chapter 2 – Defining biomimicry in contrast to other ‘bio’ terms
Chapter 3 – A Biomimicry Primer by Janine Benyus
Chapter 4 – Wrapping up

Section II: Why biomimicry matters

Chapter 1 – Nature as a source of valuable technological ideas
Chapter 2 – Biomimicry as a tool for inspiring and educating young people

Section III: Teaching biomimicry to your students

Chapter 1 – The pedagogy of biomimicry: How do you present it?
Chapter 2 – Dispelling misconceptions

We’ve designed the 6-hour course to provide youth educators with a strong conceptual grounding in biomimicry, as well as pedagogical perspectives for teaching about the subject to young students ages 3-18. The course covers foundational information about biomimicry relevant for educators both new to and intermediate in their experience with the subject area.

Materials used in the course include video with voice-over narration, reading selections, on-line videos, assignments, review quizzes, and a pre- and post-assessment. The course is not designed to model or explain specific classroom activities or lesson plans (instead, classroom activities and lesson plans can be found here). The course is comprised of 6-hours of contact time, but plan up to about 8-hours total for note-taking, pausing presentations, etc.