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Do You Want To Start Your Own Veggie Garden?

NHM's master gardner Florence Nishida explains why we should start our own healthy vegetable garden at home. Fall gardening classes start soon, part of our new and expanded Workshops program! 
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From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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Field Trips

Give us a Saturday and we'll give you an adventure!
When you come away with us for a day, we'll give you an education and an adventure. Our curatorial staff and our Education Department join forces for our field trip outings, which means expert science is seamlessly combined with fun. You'll not only discover Southern California's features, landscapes, and hidden treasures, you'll learn about what our scientists do when they're out in the field! 





Fall Shorebird Migration Along the Lower Los Angeles River

Sunday, September 7, 2014
8 am - 12 pm

Break out your binoculars and join the Museum on a Sunday adventure! Tens of thousands of sandpipers and other shorebirds, some migrating from Arctic tundra regions all the way to South America, stop to refuel along the lower Los Angeles River in Long Beach each fall.  Led by Ornithologist Kimball Garrett, we’ll witness a part of this migration in an unusual urban shorebird habitat, learning the distinguishing characters and feeding behaviors of stilts, avocets, yellowlegs, dowitchers, and various plovers and sandpipers.  It’s a different but spectacular side of “our” river!


To register click HERE!

A San Andreas Odyssey

Saturday, October 4
9 am - 5 pm

Led by Museum scientist Lindsey Groves, we'll see firsthand the fault's effect on the topography on this fun and educational journey. We'll have lunch at a fault-formed lake high in the San Gabriel Mountains after multiple stops along the fault zone. Lunch and transportation provided. 

You can register online here or call us at 213.763.3499. 

Morro Bay's Great Outdoors!

December 5 - 7, 2014

Discover the rich biodiversity of Morro Bay’s fauna and flora on this family camping trip. Join NHM’s Director of the Nature Gardens Carol Bornstein, Ornithologist Kimball Garrett, and a team of entomology, mammalogy, and naturalist experts as we explore beautiful nature trails, animals such as otters, tide pools, catch-and-release insects, and roast marshmallows around the campfire.

The trip fee includes three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday as well as campground fees. Participants provide their own transportation and camping gear. Limited to 50 participants.

Where: Morro Bay State Park

Registration required: Online registration coming soon! (213) 763-3499.

For more information, please call (213) 763-3499 or e-mail us at


Are you looking to bring your class on a Field Trip to the Museum? Click here to request a visit.