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Miss a First Fridays discussion? It's never too late to soak up the science!

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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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Discover a mammoth in your own backyard!

New discoveries are being unearthed at the La Brea Tar Pits.Your donation today will help to support this important work.

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Summer Nights in the Garden

Come get outdoorsy and spend your summer nights at NHM!

Check out highlights from the 2015 season here!

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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Lectures, Discussions, and Screenings

Let's delve deeper!
Join us at NHM for a variety of lectures and discussions that range from NHM Citizen Science projects (where have all the butterflies gone?) to ancient mummies (what lies beneath all the wrapping?). Come, enjoy the Museum after-hours, and be enlightened by an eclectic mix of scientists, writers, and experts in the field.

October 1, 15, 29 and November 12, 2015

October 17, 2015

November 5, 19 and December 3, 17, 2015


Thursday, October 22, 2015  ǀ 6-9 pm
presented in conjunction with UCLA La Kretz Center

They are cute, cuddly, and their memes are Internet gold. House cats have served as companion animals for thousands of years, but lately they have come under attack. New studies indicate that cats have a negative impact on native biodiversity and are a threat to human health. So what’s a cat lover to do?

In partnership with UCLA La Kretz Center, please join us for an evening in the company of three cat experts who will help us understand feline ecology, their role in human health and happiness, their place in the concrete jungle and better management practices. Let’s make our city a better place for cats, the people who own them, and our native wildlife. And by all means, let’s keep the Internet memes going.  

Panelists include: Dr. Stanley Gehrt, Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist, The Ohio State University, Maria Solacito, DVM, Veterinary Chief of Staff, County of Los Angeles, Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and Dr. Eric Strauss, President's Professor of Biology and Executive Director of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience. Moderated by: Dr. Peter Kareiva, Professor and Director, UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability and member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

6:00 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Discussion, followed by Q&A
9:00 pm: Program Concludes

Members: $10
Nonmembers: $12

Meet our panel of experts:

Dr. Stanley Gehrt is a Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist at The Ohio State University, where he conducts research and teaches.  His research program focuses on various aspects of mammalian ecology, especially carnivores in urban systems, and dynamics of wildlife disease. 

Maria Solacito is the lead veterinarian for the County of LA, Department of Animal Care and Control.  She attended the University of the Philippines to get her DVM degree. At LAC-DACC, she oversees a team of 10 veterinarians providing care to approximately 80,000 animals a year.

Dr. Eric G. Strauss directs the Center for Urban Resilience. The Center’s mission is to develop research, educational and restoration programs targeted at improving the resilience of underserved urban communities. With research in animal behavior, urban ecosystem dynamics and science education, CURes has extended the model for trans-disciplinary collaboration with funding from agencies and foundations.

Dr. Peter Kareiva is the director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Before coming to UCLA, Kareiva was the Chief Scientist and Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in 36 countries around the world. Kareiva is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences.