January 2012 – September 2013

Biomimicry Project Jam @ Pacific Northwest College of Art
Jan 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Biomimicry Oregon has been quickly growing and evolving over the past year, and hundreds of people have joined the network and indicated an interest in getting involved. This event was a chance to help shape initiatives, join and form action teams, and have a ton of fun charting the future with other Oregon professionals.

A group of 25+ professionals representing different disciplines participated in generating ideas involving interactive group activities. Based on the discussions, four teams were formed to build the network and resource capacity of Biomimicry Oregon. The teams were Business Plan and Public Relations, Tools and Resources, Partnerships, and Education.

Biomimicry on Bikes
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A guided, 3-mile tour of building designs inspired by nature for locals and participants of the national Biomimicry Education Summit, led by Biomimicry Oregon, the City of Portland, and Portland Bike Tours. More info herePre-registration required if renting a bike.
Register here.
*For skilled riders, there will be an optional 7-mile continuation of the ride returning to downtown Portland along the Springwater Corridor at dusk

Genius of Place Workshop @ City of Portland BPS
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Biomimicry Invention Convention @ Sunnyside Environmental School,
May 13 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

IMG_6205Join other biomimicry enthusiasts at Sunnyside Environmental School’s Invention Convention,
which is biomimicry-inspired and focused on urban planning (middle school projects only)!

We may go for libations / food afterward!

Portland EcoFilm Festival – Q&A with Biomimicry Oregon’s Mary Hansel @ Hollywood Theater
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ht_logoMary Hansel, core group member of Biomimicry Oregon, has been invited to sit on a 3 person panel of local organizations (Biomimicry Oregon, Willamette Riverkeepers, and another enviro group) for a 20 minute Q&A session after the film Elemental.

June 12, 2013
Hollywood Theatre, as part of Portland EcoFilm Festival. for tickets and more information

The cool thing is that the film features Jay Harman, Pax Scientific biomimicry inventor!

We can have a table at the event. Hope you can all make it to the film, and maybe hang out at the table talking with folks about Biomimicry Oregon.

Register for the first ever Global Biomimicry Conference @ University of Massachusetts
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

BadgePeople are clever, nature is ingenious. It’s time we work together. Designing generous cities and products using nature’s blueprints: a 2-day interactive event

Register for the first ever Global Biomimicry Conference: June 21-23, 2013, in Boston, featuring resilient cities, 3-D printing, material ecology and green chemistry.  With a Keynote by Janine Benyus!

2nd Annual Biomimicry on Bikes! @ Cycle Portland Bike Tours
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pedalpalooza 2013 Event – ” To Planet Repair Institute… and beyond! ”

Join us on this casual ride along the Springwater to visit the Planet Repair Institute, a living, breathing node for Neighborhood Repair, embedded in the neighborhood of Sellwood, Portland OR! We will ride to thIMG_0095e site for an introduction to the project and brief tour. Then we will engage in a satisfying potluck picnic before returning to downtown Portland. Bring an afternoon snack, or something to share!

Practitioner’s Jam @ SERA Architects
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Sometimes the hardest thing about learning something new is getting a chance to practice it. For many of us, biomimicry is a very compelling concept that we are not yet able to use as often as we would like.

So, join us on Monday, June 24th 6-8 pm as we do just that, practice biomimicry. Led by Chris Larson, the Practitioners’ Jam is a fun and challenging exploration of the biomimicry design process.

No prior experience is needed, but space is limited. Please contact Chris Larson to RSVP or for more details.

Walk in the Woods @ Lower Maclaey Park
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2013-08-27 walkPlease join Biomimicry Oregon for a “Walk in the Woods” up Balch Creek with naturalists Scott Bowler and Ginny Stern.  This special walk will focus on looking differently at our local flora and fauna, seeking to identify Nature’s patterns.  It should be a fun and informative event.

The walk will begin at the Lower Macleay Park Trailhead in NW Portland.  Families and children are encouraged to attend. Bring a sketchpad!

Please rsvp to Chris Larson at

OregonBEST @ Leftbank Annex
Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Oregon BESTFest has a fabulous biomimicry speaker headlining! Catch entrepreneur Jay Harman’s inspiring talk this Thursday evening, 9/12!

The entire conference will be great, of course, but if you’re not attending the whole conference, you may buy a ticket for Jay’s talk separately.

Register now!