Days and Nights at the Museum

We have garden tours, bird watching walks, bug hunts, live animal presentations, and more in the Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Come hang out with people who love nature and discovery as much as you do!  


Currently at the
Nature Gardens
Showing today:
  • 3:00pmMeet a Live Animal (Nature Lab, Level G)
  • 4:00pmTake a Nature Walk (Otis Booth Pavilion, Ground Floor)

Saturday, September 10: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Citizen Science Meet-up: Marine Sampling at Redondo Beach Marina

Redondo Beach Marina

UPDATE: This program has reached capacity. You may still e-mail us to be placed on our wait list.

Join us to sample the oysters, seaweeds, barnacles, sea squirts, and dozens of other wildlife species that call floating docks home. NHM’s Marine Biodiversity Center is developing a science project that focuses on the marine communities of Southern California. 

Our target for this trip is organisms that cling to docks and boats in marinas. Some people see them as a nuisance; we see them as neighbors. Help us pilot collecting methods that could help us develop a long-term citizen science project. No experience necessary. RSVP today.

Location: Redondo Beach Harbor
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE with registration
Registration: nature@nhm.org 

- Limited to 40 people.

- UPDATE: This program has reached capacity. You may still e-mail us to be placed on our wait list.

Sunday, October 2, 2016: 3-5 pm

DISCUSSION: Life in the L.A. River


With the imminent revitalization of the L.A. River, the city’s landscape is about to transform. But how will the restoration project impact life in and around the river? In partnership with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, the Natural History Museum brings to the stage a historian, ecologist, urban planner and community leader to talk about this often overlooked waterway from a biological perspective. What lived in and around the river historically, and what thrives there now? How do they expect it will change? What does success look like from an environmental perspective? From mudbugs to mallards, the L.A. River is host to some incredible biodiversity. Let’s examine it as we plan for the next phase of the river’s life.

The discussion will include:

  • - Mike Affeldt Assistant Director, LARiverWorks  
  • - Kristine Puich Principal, Los Angeles River School
  • - Dr. Brad Shaffer Ecologist & Director, UCLA/La Kretz Center
  • - Patt Morrison, L.A. River historian, L.A Times journalist, radio host    


This is a FREE program. For more details and to RSVP please click HERE.