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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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Thanks for buggin' out!

The 29th annual Bug Fair was the "Year of the Butterfly."

Thanks for fluttering over to the Museum for a weekend full of exhibitors, performers, bug chefs, and more.

See the highlights here.

Let Us Bug You!

Check out our permanent Insect Zoo exhibit! We have bugs all year round.
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Nature Navigators

Sign up your child for a time they’ll never forget!

Nature Navigators allows Museum children to continue their journey growing up at NHM — from Critter Club to Junior Scientist to, now, Nature Navigators! It is aimed to help 10- to 12-year-olds discover the abundance of biodiversity that lives in Los Angeles. The goal is for families to take the “wheel” on navigating through nature and have ownership over what they find. It is a hands-on, self-guided experience where kids join projects the Museum is currently a part of and even have the chance to begin collecting data for a new one!

This program is geared towards 10- to 12-year-olds, where parents are required to drop off and pick up their child for each monthly class. Every session the group will meet and take part in a different citizen science project happening here at the Museum, and is facilitated by one of the Museum’s education staff members. This season we will meet between October and March monthly on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm. It is FREE with paid Museum admission or membership. When you register, you sign up for the whole season, therefore parents must pre-register their child online before the program start date. 


ATTENTION - Nature Navigators is full. To be added to the waitlist call 213-763-3499. Thank you!


Saturday, October 17, 2015: @ The La Brea Tar Pits
La Brea Tar Pits Wildlife Survey

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Pond Sampling – Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Southern California Squirrel Survey

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Lost Ladybug Project

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Give your child the opportunity to join Nature Navigators and contribute live data to real scientists and their work!

For more information, please contact us at (213) 763-3499 or