Nature Lab

Did you ever wonder why there were so many squirrels in L.A.? Or just how those funny-looking opossums survive? The true stories about plants and animals in the Nature Lab will surprise you! 

Animal Meet and Greets

Come say hello to the red-eared slider turtle swimming around in its glass Nature Lab habitat!





Memory Maps

What is the coolest, strangest, or prettiest thing you ever saw, smelled, or heard outside? Check out the experiences of L.A. nature that our scientists, educators, and visitors have shared. Then, create your own "memory map," then post it or email it!

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Wild Touchscreens

At these interactive screens, you can create a symphony of backyard sounds, learn how to identify bugs, and check out the Nature Map, where you can look at what has been found in your neighborhood.

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Live Animals

Some animals can be a little hard to spot in the wild and some only come out at night. But now you can get up close to some of your shy or nocturnal neighbors! We built terrariums of turtles, newts, crayfish, frogs, snakes, insects and get this...rats.

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Exhibits About L.A. Wildlife

Specimens, videos, and graphics tell stories about what plants and animals are here and how they survive and thrive in and around urban L.A.

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Nature Lab