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Los Angeles is for Hikers

Get out and explore any of the 82 great hiking trails located right here in L.A. This guide book features short and long day hikes while keeping you close to home. 
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Detailed Trip Information

The Red Rock Canyon Field Trip is taking a hiatus for the 2013 season.  Please visit our Field Trips page for other opportunities this year.

What did we do?

We spent the weekend exploring the Dove Spring Formation in the western Mojave Desert of California prospecting for fossils of extinct mammals and discovering specimens to add to the Museum's collection. Visitors learned the fundamentals of recognizing and finding fossils in the field. Visitors also took nature hikes, explored the region’s geology, and roasted marshmallows around the campfire with Museum scientists and staff. Trip leaders from our Vertebrate Paleontology Department included: Curator Dr. Xiaoming Wang, Curatorial Assistant Gary Takeuchi, and Curator Emeritus Dr. David Whistler, who has done pioneering work in the Red Rock Canyon area for many years.

What did we find?

Past trips have uncovered everything from tiny microfossils to the large bones of giraffe-like camels and extinct elephants.

Federal and state laws require that all vertebrate fossils collected be deposited into the collections of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. You will be credited with the discovery of all specimens you collect and your finds will be a valuable asset to the Museum for research, display, and education.

For more information please call (213) 763-ED4U (3348) or e-mail educate@nhm.org.