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: 
  • TodayMeet a turtle in the Nature Lab
  • 3:00pmMeet a Live Animal (Nature Lab, Level G)
  • 4:00pmTake a Nature Walk (Otis Booth Pavilion, Ground Floor)

Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 4: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Citizen Science Camp Out

NHM, Nature Gardens

We built a new garden, but we’ve never camped out there—until now! Join us for our first-ever Citizen Science Camp Out in the Museum’s Nature Gardens. You’ll become a citizen scientist and make discoveries about the nocturnal animals that call our gardens home. Hanging out with our citizen science team you’ll get to have lots of nighttime adventures—a flashlight hike, insect night lighting, building zombee traps, and telling lots of campfire stories. You bring the camping gear and we bring the science! 

Supplies: Participants need to bring their own camping supplies (tent, sleeping bag, dinner, plates, cups, utensils, and other camping gear). NHM will provide an evening snack, breakfast, and the setting for an amazing urban camping experience.
Ages: This is a family friendly event. Minimum age of child participants is 7 years old.
Cost: FREE
RSVP:  Registration required (limit to 30 participants). This program has SOLD OUT, and we are unable to take any more reservations.

Saturday, May 2, 2015: 10:00am to 4:00pm


NHM, Nature Gardens

A day devoted to the birds of Los Angeles. Come learn with us!

Program Schedule:
10am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (RSVP Required - limited capacity)
11am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (open to the public)
1-3pm Meet a Bird Expert: Kimball Garrett
1-3pm Finding House Sparrows in L.A. with the Citizen Science Team
1pm Gallery Exploration Tour (Dino Hall)
2pm Gallery Highlights Tour (Bird Hall)
4pm Nature Walk

Cost: Free to the public (with paid admission)

RSVP: Registration required ONLY for 10am bird walk (nature@nhm.org)

Thursday, May 7: 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Citizen Science + Cocktails: California Roadkill Observation System

Natural History Museum, 2nd Floor North American Mammal Hall

Roads, highways and other human endeavors harm wildlife and ecosystems. To understand the degree, location, and type of harm, we need massive data collection about where wildlife occur and what they are doing. Dr. Fraser Shilling (Director of the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis) will discuss two ways that volunteers can collect data about wildlife, both dead and alive: The California Roadkill Observation System and The California Wildlife Observation Systems.

Program Schedule:
5:00 pm Reception (cash bar)
6:00 pm Lecture (20-30 min presentation followed by Q&A)
7:30 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: nature@nhm.org