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)

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.

Saturday, October 15: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Citizen Science Meet-up: Rio Hondo BioBlitz

Pico Rivera Library and Rio Hondo Wash

Explore the urban wilderness of the Rio Hondo channel with NHM and the Los Angeles County Library staff in Pico Rivera as we celebrate nature in the city. The wildlife hunts will include a brief iNaturalist training at the Pico Rivera Library followed by a wildlife search in the nearby Rio Hondo channel. Participants will work side by side with NHM staff to find and photograph wildlife in the name of science! We expect to find local and non-native species, some of which may be the first records of their kind in Pico Rivera and Los Angeles County!

Where: Pico Rivera Library and Rio Hondo Wash
When: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE with advanced registation
Registration*: E-mail nature@nhm.org or call 213.763.3320

*Limited to 40 Participants 
*Registration closes October 12.

Sunday, October 16: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Connections

NHM, 2nd Floor North American Mammal Hall

Come celebrate Urban Wildlife Week (October 16-22) with us! In partnership with the National Wildlife Federation we’re kicking off the fun with an engaging panel talking about a vision of L.A. connected in greenspace—for both people and wildlife. 

You’ll also meet the group of hikers that will be following P22’s epic trail across the 405 and 101 freeways all the way into Griffith Park. Featured speakers will share stories about wildlife in L.A., their hopes for the hike, and visions for the future of nature in our city.

When: Sunday, October 16
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Cost: FREE with advanced reservation, RSVP HERE