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, 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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nature Day at Pico Rivera Library

Pico Rivera Library

Spend a fun-filled day with NHM and the County of Los Angeles Public Library staff in Pico Rivera as we celebrate nature in L.A. There will be nature-themed activities including squirrel puppet shows, story time, and wildlife hunts for all ages. Scientists and educators will be on hand to answer your wildlife questions and help you put your nature eyes on, as we explore the library grounds. Come learn about local wildlife, where to search for them, and even how to become a citizen scientist by photographing them in the name of science!

Where: Pico Rivera Library 
9001 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free (no RSVP required)
More info: nature@nhm.org OR 213.763.3320

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.

Meet the Hikers: 5 minute introduction

A Vision of LA Connected in Greenspace: Mia Lehrer, Founder, MLA Associates, (15 minutes)

Lightning Rounds about Los Angeles Connections: (5 minutes each)
- Connecting through Schoolyard Habitats, Brad Rumble, Principal of Esperanza School 
- Connecting with Citizen Science, Lila Higgins, Citizen Science Manager, NHMLA
- Connecting with a New Narrative, Jon Christensen, UCLA and (LENS)  Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies
- Connecting with Students, Michael Beiersdorf, Science Specialist, LAUSD  and student TBA
- Connecting through Social Justice, Tony Bautista, National Wildlife Federation, Education Manager
- Connecting with P-22, Miguel Ordeñana, NHMLA
- Connecting with the L.A. River, Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy
- Connecting with Urban Wildlife, Beth Pratt, California Director, National Wildlife Federation

5pm reception (cash bar)
6pm presentations
7:30pm book signing with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, author of When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors
8:00pm event concludes

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