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 11, 2014: 2:00 PM

LECTURE: "Monarchs, Three Ways: Restoring and Conserving Pollinator/Plant Relationships in Southern California and Mexico” by Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan


Join us for a special afternoon lecture with Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan as he describes the fascinating – and threatened – relationship between Monarchs and milkweeds in three wintering grounds: coastal California, the Sea of Cortez desert coast, and the mountains of Michoacan. Nabhan will propose strategies for restoring food sources for Monarch butterflies and their caterpillars, essential to curbing the alarming decline in both Monarch and milkweed populations. He will share promising new collaborations between countries and constituencies for bringing this vision to fruition. He will leave participants with tangible things they can do to curb the extinctions and restore the relationships between milkweeds and Monarchs.

*This lecture is FREE with Membership or Museum admission. Guests who attend will get a sneak preview of the Butterfly Pavilion immediately following the lecture.

Sundays, April 27 and May 4: 1:00-4:30 PM

Dig Deeper into Vegetable Gardening

Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden at NHM

In this hands-on course you will build on your existing gardening skills, while learning how to creatively design your edible garden to be productive and beautiful. You will receive in depth explanations of what to plant when, best ways to manage your yield, and how to responsibly use water for irrigation. Expand your knowledge about soil biology and get tips on how to grow a wide variety of produce, using naturally organic methods. 


Members: $50 

Non-members: $60

Online registration will begin shortly. You can also register over the phone at 213.763.3499.



Marilee Kuhlman; Owner of Comfort Zones Garden Design and past President of the Professional Landscape Designers, Gerater Los Angeles District.

Tara Kolla; Organic farmer & founder of Silver Lake Farms

July 11, July 25, August 1, August 15, August 29: 5-9pm

Summer Garden Parties

Nature Gardens

There’s the house party, the loft party, the frat party, and the dreaded office party. We’re going with the Garden Party – and to do it, we’re moving our regular Friday night action outside. At the brand new Summer Garden Parties, awaken five senses on our botanical tours, geek out with us in citizen science projects, and by all means, get your hands dirty in homesteading activities (pickling, potting, birdhouse building). Have a picnic under the stars, or enjoy bars and food trucks – and get ready to dance because the DJs will be outside too. It’s Friday night – time to take a deep breath and get outdoorsy at NHM!

Check back soon for more details!