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Do You Want To Start Your Own Veggie Garden?

NHM's master gardner Florence Nishida explains why we should start our own healthy vegetable garden at home. Fall gardening classes start soon, part of our new and expanded Workshops program! 
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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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Field Trips

Give us a Saturday and we'll give you an adventure!
When you come away with us for a day, we'll give you an education and an adventure. Our curatorial staff and our Education Department join forces for our field trip outings, which means expert science is seamlessly combined with fun. You'll not only discover Southern California's features, landscapes, and hidden treasures, you'll learn about what our scientists do when they're out in the field! 







Buggin' Out at Piru Creek!

Sunday, June 29, 9 am - 12 pm

Have you ever held a dragonfly, tried to catch a water strider, or identified a butterfly? Join us as we go Buggin' out at Piru Creek, with Entomologists Lila Higgins and Cat Urban. They'll teach you how to catch, observe, and identify all the insects you can find at this streamside site in the Angeles National Forest. Bring your picnic lunch and share a bite with our Museum experts and maybe a few ants too!


To Register Click HERE!


The European Gem & Mineral Experience

June 27 - July 7, 2014

A splendid mineral and gem journey through France and Germany led by Curator Eloise Gaillou, Curator Emeritus Tony Kampf, and Collections Manager Alyssa Morgan. 

- 5 nights in Orbernai, France, 2 nights near Idar-Oberstein, and 3 nights in Dresden, Germany 

- Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral and Gem Show
- Private mineral & Museum collection tours
- Mine & Wine: Exclusive excursion of famous mines and celebrated vineyards
- Visits with prominent mineral, gem, and carving dealers
- Outings to historical castles and cultural sights
- European culinary delights 

Cost: $4,000 per person (excluding airfare).

Please download the PDF for an itinerary and more information about this trip.  


For more information, please call (213) 763-3499 or e-mail us at

EDUCATORS: Are you looking to bring your class on a Field Trip to the Museum? Click here to request a visit.