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Citizen Science Meet-ups

Join us as we use the Nature Gardens as a field site for science. Citizen Science Meet-ups are opportunities to participate in different projects for a single day, while working alongside participants, from beginners to professionals, with varied nature and science experiences. It is a team environment so all are welcome!

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New Exhibits Open!

L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
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Return of the Spiders!

Membership includes FREE Spider Pavillion tickets! (While supplies last.)

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Citizen Science

Los Angeles is a diverse, dynamic, ever-changing city, both for people and the wildlife that live here. Although we are frequently aware of the larger wildlife around us, like parrots and squirrels, many of the smaller animals remain unnoticed and even undescribed by scientists.

In order to understand our city better, the Museum has begun a long-term biodiversity study of urban habitats and surrounding natural areas. Our goal is to not only increase our knowledge of local wildlife, but also to involve our local community in this study.  From lizards to ladybugs, we need your help in each of our community science projects — the Museum can't do it alone!



ZomBee Watch

In partnership with San Francisco State University, ZomBee Watch is a project that will help scientists better understand the distribution of the Zombie Fly, a fly that parasitizes the honey bee. Find out how to become a ZomBee Hunter!
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Los Angeles Butterfly Survey

Partnering with Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA), the Museum hopes to compile a record of the butterflies we're likely to find around the Museum. We know there are 237 species recorded for L.A, County, but how many can you find?
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Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California

Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals) is a partnership between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the San Diego Natural History Museum. RASCals is designed to improve our knowledge of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians in southern California.

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Lost Ladybug Project

Partnering with Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project, the Museum hopes to census the ladybugs found in our region.  We have historic data of ladybug species in Los Angeles County, but we don't know how much it has changed — we need your help to find out.
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Spider Survey

L.A. is an important international port, new species of spiders are always being accidentally introduced, and some are establishing breeding populations.  We need your help to find out what spiders are becoming established so we can understand what impacts they may be having on our native spiders. 
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Lost Lizards Featured in L.A. Weekly

Journalist Gendy Alimurung finds out what happens when NHM asks "where have all the lizards gone?"  
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