Activities and Events

Hang out with people who love nature and discovery as much as you do! These activities and events are also opportunities to learn how you can contribute to different citizen science projects throughout the Los Angeles area.

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Open Daily 9:30 am-5:00 pm
(213) 763-DINO

Nature Gardens


Citizen Science and Cocktails: ZomBee Watch
October 23: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Concern about threats to honey bees and other pollinators is mounting. In the U.S. hive failure rates are increasing as honey bees deal with introduced mites, diseases, pesticides and other stressors. Recently a new threat to honey bees the parasitic phorid fly Apocephalus borealis (AKA the Zombie Fly) was discovered in San Francisco. Bees infected by the fly (Zombees) show disoriented zombie-like behavior leaving their hive at night to die under nearby lights. San Francisco State Unviersity's John Hafernik will discuss the implications of zombie fly parasitism for honey bees in California and beyond. He will also provide information on how the public can get involved in tracking prevalence of parasitism across North America through the citizen science project ZomBee Watch.

5 pm - Cocktail reception (cash bar)
6 pm - Lecture begins (20-30 min. lecture, followed by Q&A)
7:30 pm - Event concludes

This is a FREE program, but an RSVP is required.

Citizen Science Meet Up: L.A. Spider Survey and Southwest Monarch Study
October 25: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Join us to collect spider and Monarch butterfly data for two citizen science projects in the Museum’s gardens.   After we finish collecting the data, we’ll enjoy light refreshments as we reflect on the day’s activities.

We will be using the Nature Gardens as a field site by adding specimens to the NHM Los Angeles Spider Survey by collecting and identifying spiders, and we will work with the Southwest Monarch Study to tag Monarch butterflies.  Don’t know anything about spiders or monarchs? No problem, we’ll provide you with all the training you need.  We will introduce a variety of spider and butterfly capture techniques that you can also use in your own backyard.

One day commitment.
Saturday, October 25
9:00 am to noon - Data collection in the Nature Gardens
Noon to 1:00 pm - Light refreshments and debrief/reflection

This is a FREE program, but an RSVP is required.

Monthly - Second Sunday of Every Month: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
A monthly series of workshops where researchers, teachers, and students can meet to collaborate on projects as well as develop new research which can be conducted in the classroom.