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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!  

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Showing today: 
  • TodayExperience the Butterfly Pavilion (South Lawn)
  • 3:00pmMeet a Live Animal (Nature Lab, Level G)
  • 4:00pmTake a Nature Walk (Otis Booth Pavilion, Ground Floor)

Opens April 12, 2015: 10 am-5 pm

Butterfly Pavilion is Back!

Museum's South Lawn

The Butterfly Pavilion, where hundreds of butterflies flutter freely in a living habitat of nectaring plants, returns for its 17th year. The Pavilion is home to California natives and travelers from across North America, but it will also include some showy, subtropical species.

Watch daily First Flights, during which Museum staff release butterflies that have just emerged from their chrysalises into the Pavilion. NHM Gallery Interpreters will answer questions about metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, and breeding habits. Outside the Pavilion, visit a Monarch Waystation where the creature’s whole lifecycle can be seen firsthand on milkweed plants.

Cost: Click here to reserve timed-tickets.
Butterfly Pavilion tickets are free for Members. Learn More


June 27 - August 31, 2015:

BioBlitz L.A.

Greater L.A. Area

We need your help this summer! Send us your photographs of the plants and animals you encounter in the city. By sharing your observations you will help our scientists better understand the nature in L.A. Our goal is to reach 10,000 images so get your phones out and start taking pictures!

How to Participate:
Be a part of BioBlitz L.A. by submitting a photo via email OR social media. Please include date and location (address or intersection) for each photo.
• Email us nature@nhm.org OR
• Post it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook using #BioBlitzLA OR
• Post directly to the BioBlitz L.A. project page on iNaturalist

For more information about BioBlitz L.A. visit its homepage.
http://www.nhm.org/nature/whats-happening/bioblitzla


October 4, 2015: 9 am - 12 pm

Gardening for Monarch Butterflies

Museum's Nature Gardens

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden for Monarch butterflies? Join Museum experts at this workshop to learn how to grow a home for Monarchs. We will teach you all you need to know about planting a Monarch Waystation. You will also learn how to track your gardens’ success using the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project’s citizen science methods.

You will even get a free plant to kick start your garden!

INSTRUCTORS: NHM Citizen Science and Garden Staff

COST: Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION will begin in early September.

For inquiries please call us at 213.763.3499


November 8, 2015: 9 am-12 pm

Gardening for the Bees

Museum's Nature Gardens

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden for bees and other pollinators? Join Museum experts at this workshop to learn how to grow a home for pollinators in your yard. We’ll teach you all you need to know about growing a pollinator garden and how you can track its success using the Great Sunflower Project’s citizen science methods.

You will even get a free plant to kick start your garden!

INSTRUCTORS: NHM Citizen Science and Garden Staff

COST: Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION will begin in early September.

For inquiries please call us at 213.763.3499