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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 5:00-7:30 pm

The citizen science project, Los Angeles Tree Tracker, is seeking to understand the benefits of urban trees in L.A., and is using NASA aerial data to increase the value of citizen science data. This project brought together 135 volunteers to study over 400 trees across greater L.A. on August 23 & 24, 2014. Earthwatch Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, U.C. Riverside, Amigos de los Rios, TreePeople, Heschel School, and The Nature Conservancy all participated in this project. Dr. Darrel Jenerette will discuss early discoveries from this project, including which trees provide more cooling and which use water most efficiently. Come learn how we can restore and maintain a healthy and resilient green space in L.A.!

Dr. Darrel Jenerette is an Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology at University of California, Riverside and the Principal Investigator of this Los Angeles urban forestry research project. He is an expert in urban ecology and has studied the benefits of green space in reducing the urban heat island effect and sustainable urban water in the Southwestern U.S. and Los Angeles.

Program Schedule:
5:00 pm Doors Open / Reception (cash bar)
6:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A
7:30 pm Program ends

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: Email nature@nhm.org to reserve your spot

Co-sponsored by Earthwatch Institute

Sunday, December 28, 2014 | 1:00-4:00 pm

Join us to collect bird observations in the NHM Nature Gardens for the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count! The Christmas Bird Count is one of the oldest citizen science projects in existence, and is coordinated by the National Audubon Society.  We are excited to work with NHM Ornithologist, Kimball Garrett and our program participants to map birds here at NHM.  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 identifying birds using visual and acoustic identifiers.  The data will be added into eBird, which is the largest online bird database.  Don’t know anything about birds?  No problem, we will provide you with all the training you need to get started.  We will also have experienced birders and guides on hand to help you during the program.  Kimball will introduce you to common birds of L.A. as well as techniques that will allow you to identify birds around your neighborhood.

Program Schedule:
1:00 pm Data collection in the Nature Gardens
3:00 pm Light refreshments and debrief/reflection
4:00 pm Program ends

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: Email nature@nhm.org to reserve your spot.