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)

February 24 & 25, 2015: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit

Natural History Museum

Presented by NHM and G3, Green Gardens Group

It's dry and getting drier here in the arid West. But drought is just a symptom of something much more insidious called desertification - creating a man-made desert out of a historically dry area.

In order to influence policy and projects aimed at reducing the effects of climate change, the Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit Partners invite you to join the dialogue and claim a leadership role in building the formula for abundance and urban resiliency:

Living Soil + Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants =
Soil Security = Water Security

Over two days in February 2015 our internationally renowned speakers, in dialogue with YOU, our Summit attendees, will share strategies for:
• Restoring urban soils
• Reducing drought
• Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and
• Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.

Click here for more informaton and register today!

Saturday, February 28: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Citizen Science Meet-up: Snail and Mushroom Hunt

NHM, Nature Gardens

Snails and mushrooms are common during the mild and wet winter, but we know very little about the species that live in the Nature Gardens. We are excited to work with NHM Research Associate and mushroom expert, Florence Nishida as we search the Nature Gardens for these often overlooked decomposers.  After we finish collecting the data, we’ll enjoy light refreshments as we reflect on the day’s activities.

Program Schedule:
9:00 am Training/Data collection in the Nature Gardens
12:00 pm Light refreshments and debrief/reflection
1:00 pm Program ends

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: nature@nhm.org (RSVP required as space is limited; Registration deadline is February 25)

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