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First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!

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!
View Lila's blog

Edible Garden on KCET

The Edible Garden: Breaking Ground with Florence Nishida.
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See you next year for the 2015 First Fridays!

SAVE THE DATES:
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 1, 2015
June 5, 2015

More details HERE!

Citizen Science and Cocktails

When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Citizen Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their citizen science projects.
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Lectures, Discussions, and Screenings

 

Evening Lecture with Doug Suisman @ Page Museum

Thursday, January 15, 2015 ǀ 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Tar on the Boulevard: Mr. Hancock’s Ranch and the Future of the La Brea Tar Pits

Join us for an evening lecture with Doug Suisman, author of Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public, as he looks at the La Brea Tar Pits in the context of Los Angeles's urban history and the development of its boulevards, especially Wilshire. He'll trace the development of the La Brea Tar Pits from tar pools to private rancho to asphalt mine to excavation site to public park to world-renowned paleontological site museum. And he'll look at the future of the Tar Pits, as new development projects — subway line, high-rises, and LACMA expansion — promise to change the urban context of Hancock's ranch once again.

Doug Suisman is an internationally recognized, award-winning urban designer and architect, and founder of Suisman Urban Design.

Where: The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Copies of Los Angeles Boulevard will be available to purchase at the Museum Store.

Program Schedule:
6:30 pm Doors Open / Reception
7:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A and book signing
9:00 pm Event concludes
*Introduction by Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic at the
L.A. Times

Cost: Free to the public


La Brea Tar Pits, 1968

Evening Lecture with Mark Jorgensen

Thursday, January 22, 2015 ǀ 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Desert Bighorn Sheep, Wilderness Icon

Desert bighorn sheep expert Mark Jorgensen will provide details about sheep and their habitat and the struggle to restore and maintain the wild populations of desert bighorns in the U.S. and Mexico. His talk is illustrated by photographs featuring rare behavior, sheep in their rugged desert habitat, ewes nurturing newborn lambs, and massive rams in stunning ritualized combat for dominance. Jorgensen will explain how well-regulated hunting programs in the U.S. and Mexico have in recent years generated millions of dollars in revenue that have been directed to bighorn management and conservation programs.

Mark Jorgensen has studied desert bighorn sheep for almost five decades and is the former superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. He is a member of the technical staff of the Desert Bighorn Council and an advisor to the Bighorn Institute.

Copies of Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.

Program Schedule:
6:30 pm Doors Open / Reception
7:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A and book signing
9:00 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: Email info@nhm.org to let us know you are coming!

Evening Lecture with Dr. Donald Johanson

Thursday, January 29, 2015 ǀ 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Face to Face with Lucy: 40 years later

The 1974 discovery of Lucy prompted major rethinking about the origins of humankind.  Our family tree was redrawn and Lucy was assigned to a new species, Australopithecus afarensis.  This species exhibited an intriguing mix of primitive ape-like features, such as a small brain, and human-like characters such as the ability to walk upright, much like modern humans.

Now forty years later it is appropriate to assess the continuing importance of Lucy for human origins studies and also for what she tells us about being human in today's world. More so than ever before it is critical that we reflect on our place in nature and assess our responsibilities to the planet.

Dr. Don Johanson is a leading paleoanthropologist who discovered our benchmark ancestor “Lucy” 40 years ago, along with many subsequent finds. He speaks globally, has co-authored nine books, and is the Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins.

Copies of Lucy’s Legacy and From Lucy to Language will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.

Program Schedule:
6:30 pm Doors Open / Reception
7:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A and book signing
9:00 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: Email info@nhm.org to let us know you are coming!

Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit

February 24 & 25, 2015 ǀ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Presented by NHM and the 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!