Celebrate Earth Day with NHM! Visit us on Saturday, April 9 from 1–5 PM for Earth Day-themed programming and view our special exhibition, Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, before it closes on April 17. Join us in our Nature Gardens for live musical performances, hands-on activities, up-close encounters with behind-the-scenes museum collections, and more!
Masanga Marimba Performances | Cafe Patio | 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Enjoy the music of Masanga Marimba as they perform traditional and popular music from Africa and Latin America!
Living Collections | Nature Lab | 1–4 PM
Pop-up presentations with some of the museum’s living collections.
Museum Collections | Nature Gardens | 1–5 PM
View collection displays from NHM’s Horticulture Team, Malacology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.
Roots & Shoots | Nature Gardens | 1–5 PM
Chat with Roots & Shoots representatives to learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth program.
Block Printing Activity with Self Help Graphics & Art | Nature Gardens | 1–5 PM (while supplies last)
Create block printed cards with stamp designs representing California native plants.
La Monarca Bakery | Nature Gardens | 1–5 PM (while supplies last)
Enjoy a tasty treat from La Monarca Bakery and learn of their support to protect and preserve the monarch butterfly!
Learn more about Earth Day participants!
Research and Collections
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County protect and share more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States. The Research and Collections Department is the research institution within the museums. They create new knowledge through academic scholarship in history and science. Visitors can get up close to these fascinating objects and specimens, which are sometimes displayed in exhibitions and during museum events.
Did you know the museum has a team of professional animal keepers on site 365 days a year? They take excellent care of all animals on exhibit and behind the scenes at the museum, utilizing the natural history expertise of our scientists as well as our veterinarian, who advises on any medical and nutritional needs. Because even a frog needs a doctor sometimes. We have around 15-25 species of vertebrates, and 70-100 species of invertebrates at any given time.
Follow Living Collections on Instagram @nhmla_liveanimals
The Museum has a dedicated staff of horticulturalists that oversee the care and maintenance of our gardens. The Nature Gardens has over 600 kinds of plants, including California natives and others from around the world, that are home to a variety of birds, butterflies, lizards, squirrels, and more! This amazing team enjoys sharing their love for horticulture and gardens with the local community.
Follow Nature Gardens on Instagram @nhmla_naturegardens
Masanga Marimba performs traditional and popular family-friendly music from Africa and Latin America on giant marimbas from Zimbabwe along with vocals, drums, percussion, trumpet and saxophone. The word "Masanga" comes from an African word that means the coming together of rivers or roads representing the meeting of African, Latin, and American traditions in this group.
Self Help Graphics & Art
Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics & Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. Our multidisciplinary and intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower our community by providing access to space, tools, training and capital.
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is a global youth-powered program of the Jane Goodall Institute led by millions of compassionate young people (and educators) who want to make a difference in their communities. The program offers resources, training, support, and leadership development skills that grow compassionate changemakers and create real positive change in 50 countries around the world and growing.
La Monarca Bakery
La Monarca’s mission is baking delicious products with the sweet flavor of Mexico™, creating opportunities in underserved communities, and caring for our environment.
All products are made with top-quality fresh ingredients, without preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. They donate 1% of their proceeds to their partner, Ecolife Conservation, to support their programs to protect and preserve the monarch butterfly.
Enjoy the sweet flavor of Mexico.
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NHM invites you to cultivate inspiration and explore the evolution of an icon with Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, a state-of-the-art exhibition on view at NHM from November 7, 2021 through April 17, 2022.
An exhibition organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute.