Equipment Policies and Procedures

Part of our mission is to provide access and training on Nature Lab equipment for all RISD faculty, staff and students who wish to explore nature at multiple scales. Some equipment may be checked out for overnight use, including Edgertronic high speed cameras, GPS units, and structure sensors. All check-outs are made and monitored in WebCheckout and late fees, where applicable, will be assessed.

To check out a piece of equipment, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Training on the equipment. Use this form to schedule a training session with our cadre of Graduate Research Assistants.
  • Proof of current insurance, at the appropriate level, for the item(s) checked out. Insurance coverage required for the Edgertronic camera is $6,000, for the structure sensor, $1,000 and GPS units, $500. Faculty, please contact us for amounts on faculty-only equipment. Some people will already have renter's insurance that covers these types of loans: please check with your insurance company. All others, please read on:


If you expect to check-out an advanced imaging equipment frequently throughout the year, annual insurance is available through a number of service providers. We have found that Lemonade has proven to be a fast, affordable, and reliable option for both long-term and short-term coverage.

Other options for renter's insurance providers include College Student Insurance and Heffernan Insurance Brokers. There are also short term and long term renter's policies available through

Proof of insurance should be emailed to Georgia Rhodes or Benedict Gagliardi prior to checking out equipment of interest.

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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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