Nature Lab Block Island Experience (BIX)

After being postponed in 2020, the Nature Lab is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our first ever Block Island Experience (BIX)! Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, BIX is the ideal introduction for RISD students to gain a deeper understanding of the local ecology and become inspired by the diversity of life in this unique island setting. It’s also a chance to consider more deeply people’s relationship with nature, the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of today’s environmental issues, and how they relate to issues of social justice both historically and today.

Students will spend a week exploring Block Island’s inland, coastal, and marine environments while keeping a visual journal of their experience. They will be guided through a deeper understanding of the ecosystem around us and explore ways to apply a deep biomimicry approach to their work at RISD.

Activities and topics scheduled include:

• Daily nature drawing and painting sessions
• Bird netting and banding at Bluestone Banding Station
• Salt marsh birds and ecology
• Beach seining and plankton collecting
• Observing and identifying native plants and insects
• Star gazing
• Local geology and land history
• Local Native American history and insight from the Narragansett Tribal Nation
• Biomimicry in art and design
No prior experience with science or sustainability is required, just a desire to learn and a commitment to engage fully in the experience.


Application Deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM (Noon)
BIX Dates: Tuesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 5, 2022
Cost: Fully Funded! Thanks to generous funding from RISD alumna, all participating students will receive a full scholarship to cover the cost of attending, including round trip travel from RISD to Block Island via van and ferry, all sessions on the island, equipment use, food, room, and board.

For any questions, please contact:
Anna Jacobs, Engagement & Operations Coordinator, Nature Lab

13 Waterman Street
Providence, RI — 02903


February 11 12:09 am -
June 05 12:09 am

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