In addition to being an engaging place for students and faculty to explore science and the human-nature connection, the Nature Lab offers a wide range of specialized equipment and tools that allow for research and documentation of natural materials, specimens, systems and processes.

While our microscopy, computing, specialized lighting and other equipment are available for use in the lab only, students are welcome to check out a number of devices for field research, including still and video cameras, audio equipment and GPS trackers.

Find the Nature Lab Technology Training + Use Form here.

Find check-out procedures for selected equipment here.

To book a reservation in the Microscopy Lab use our Room Request Form at least 24 hours before your requested appointment and wait to receive a confirmation from a Nature Lab staff member. (Full class reservations should be made at least 1 week prior).

Visit our Image Galleries on Flickr and our Digital 3D Specimen Library on Sketchfab to see how our equipment allows us to capture, visualize, and explore nature.

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The RISD Nature Lab is an EPSCoR|C-AIM Core Research Facility supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #OIA-1655221 and EAGER Grant Award #1723559. ​​​Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this site are those of the Nature Lab and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.​

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