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First Fridays 2014: LA Stories...Walk on the Wild Side

Thanks for joining us for L.A.’s hottest, smartest nighttime event!

Relive the 2014 First Fridays 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!
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!

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February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 1, 2015
June 5, 2015

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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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Lectures, Discussions, and Screenings

 

Citizen Science + Cocktails: Los Angeles Tree Tracker

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 ǀ 5:00- 7:30 pm

The citizen science project, Los Angeles Tree Tracker, is seeking to understand the benefits of urban trees in L.A., and is using NASA aerial data to increase the value of citizen science data. This project brought together 135 volunteers to study over 400 trees across greater L.A. on August 23 and 24, 2014. Earthwatch Institute, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, U.C. Riverside, Amigos de los Rios, TreePeople, Heschel School, and The Nature Conservancy all participated in this project. Dr. Darrel Jenerette will discuss early discoveries from this project, including which trees provide more cooling and which use water most efficiently. Come learn how we can restore and maintain a healthy and resilient green space in L.A.!

Dr. Darrel Jenerette is an Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology at University of California, Riverside and the Principal Investigator of this Los Angeles urban forestry research project. He is an expert in urban ecology and has studied the benefits of green space in reducing the urban heat island effect and sustainable urban water in the Southwestern U.S. and Los Angeles.

Program Schedule:
5:00 pm Doors Open / Reception (cash bar)
6:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A
7:30 pm Program ends

Cost: Free to the public

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

Co-sponsored by Earthwatch Institute

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: 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 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!