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

Opens Sunday, April 12, 2015
Museum's South Lawn
10 am-5 pm daily

The Butterfly Pavilion, where hundreds of butterflies flutter freely in a living habitat of nectaring plants, returns for its 17th year. The Pavilion is home to California natives and travelers from across North America, but it will also include some showy, subtropical species.

Watch daily First Flights, during which Museum staff release butterflies that have just emerged from their chrysalises into the Pavilion. NHM Gallery Interpreters will be in the Pavilion daily to answer questions about metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, and breeding habits. Outside the Pavilion, visit a Monarch Waystation where the creature’s whole lifecycle can be seen firsthand on milkweed plants.

Cost: Click here to reserve timed-tickets.
Butterfly Pavilion tickets are free for Members. Learn More

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A day devoted to the birds of Los Angeles. Come learn with us!

Program Schedule:
10am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (SOLD OUT - limited capacity)
11am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (open to the public)
1-3pm Meet a Bird Expert: Kimball Garrett
1-3pm Finding House Sparrows in L.A. with the Citizen Science Team
1pm Gallery Exploration Tour (Dino Hall)
2pm Gallery Highlights Tour (Bird Hall)
4pm Nature Walk

Cost: Free to the public (with paid admission)
RSVP: Registration required ONLY for 10am bird walk (nature@nhm.org)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 5:00pm-7:30pm

Roads, highways and other human endeavors harm wildlife and ecosystems. To understand the degree, location, and type of harm, we need massive data collection about where wildlife occur and what they are doing. Dr. Fraser Shilling (Director of the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis) will discuss two ways that volunteers can collect data about wildlife, both dead and alive: The California Roadkill Observation System and The California Wildlife Observation Systems.

Program Schedule:
5:00 pm Reception (cash bar)
6:00 pm Lecture (20-30 min presentation followed by Q&A)
7:30 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public
RSVP: nature@nhm.org