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Take a journey and discover L.A.’s biodiversity with Museum scientists! Throughout the school year we offer four day trips focused on specific plants and animals, which culminate in one interdisciplinary overnight campout. You’ll explore a Southern California area of special ecological note, and get first-hand experience with different field techniques, taught by experts.
Each participant in these 25-person groups gets a unique tool, field guide and badge that highlights each field trip’s focus. By the end, you’ll have your very own nature kit that you can use on any outdoor adventure. Choose one or all, it’s up to you!
Break out your binoculars with the Museum for a Saturday adventure! Join Ornithologist Kimball Garrett and Director of Nature Gardens, Carol Bornstein, for a peek through the birding scope and a close-up look at our local plants. We begin our trip at Malibu Lagoon, then caravan along the Pacific Coast Highway to the Corral Canyon trail, part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. There, we will continue to watch birds and other wildlife while also drawing our attention to the beautiful and botanically diverse habitat around us. Members: $25 and Nonmembers: $30
Discover the vibrant world of marine invertebrates and land snails with Museum Scientists! Join Dr. Gordon Hendler, Curator of Echinoderms (sea stars and relatives) and Dr. Jann Vendetti, Curator of Malacology (snails and relatives) and Museum colleagues at Abalone Cove, where the local land snails rally around some of the most beautiful tide pools in Southern California. Participants will learn about tide pool ecology, marine biology, and Southern California’s imperiled land snail species, while they spot native and introduced land snails along the trail, and sea urchins, sea anemones, crabs, marine worms, and their exotic intertidal neighbors in abounding tide pools! Members: $25 and Nonmembers: $30
Trek the Palos Verdes Peninsula with NHM’s Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals Dr. Jorge Velez-Juarbe and Collections Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology Dr. Austin Hendy. Together we will learn about the geological history of the area, identify local fossils, check out unique landforms, and possibly observe modern marine mammals migrating alongside the spectacular Palos Verdes coastline! Members: $25 and Nonmembers: $30
This year’s “In the Field with NHM” culminates with an overnight camping trip that encapsulates the knowledge and techniques learned throughout the season. On this trip, participants will continue to explore the rich biodiversity of Southern California’s flora and fauna with NHM’s researchers and field experts, with the bonus of roasting marshmallows around a campfire! The trip fee includes campfire snacks on Saturday, as well as campground fees. Participants provide their own transportation, meals, and camping gear. Members: Adult $100 | Child $75 Nonmembers: Adult $120 | Child $95
Thanks to everyone who joined us on our Eaton Canyon adventure. Below are a few highlights from the trip!
In the Field events are recommended for persons that are seven years and older. For more information, please call 213.763.3499 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
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