Celebrate Earth Day with NHM! Visit us on Saturday, April 22 from 11 am–3 pm for Earth Day-themed programming. Join us in our Nature Gardens for live musical performances, hands-on activities, up-close encounters with behind-the-scenes Museum collections, and so much more! Explore the Science of Spongebob with help from our partners at Nickelodeon and learn how to draw your favorite Bikini Bottom characters with a live drawing demonstration from Nick’s animators and take your photo with Spongebob and Patrick when they make a special appearance!
Ongoing Programs from 11 am–3 pm:
View collection displays from NHM’s Entomology, Herpetology, Malacology, Mammalogy, and Ornithology departments.
Gardening for Butterflies
Join the Horticulture team to learn about the best native plants for supporting local butterfly and moth species.
Fernandeño Tataviam Matching Game
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles ambassadors will help to elevate the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians’ language revitalization work with this co-created activity kit. Participants will learn to recognize and identify local plants and animals native to the Los Angeles area and have the opportunity to learn the Fernandeño Tataviam* words for those items too. Participants will also be able to hear about the importance of these different species to the Tataviam people directly from quotes and information provided by the Tribe for us to share.
Native Seed Balls (while supplies last)
Support your local pollinators with native seed balls! Get hands-on and make your own to help our neighborhood insects thrive.
Wild LA Interns - iNaturalist
The Wild LA Interns will be showing interested guests how to use iNaturalist. They will be demo-ing how to take specimen photos and how to upload the images so they can be ID'd. They will also be sharing with guests different opportunities to use INaturalist, such as the upcoming City Nature Challenge and other possible Community Science events open to the general public.
Meet SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star
Get your camera ready to snap a pic with your porous pal!
Drop in and relax with a coloring sheet - fun for the whole family!
Artemisia Nursery (while supplies last)
Purchase your very own California native plant to help support local wildlife.
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, & 2:15 pm | Storytelling and Art Activity
Alan Salazar will be sharing traditional Chumash and Tataviam tribal stories and reading from his new book, Coyote Rescues Hawk. This book is based on a Chumash story dating back at least 300 years. Mr. Salazar brings humor and insights from twenty‐five years of experience in bringing back the traditional Chumash canoe culture to a tale sure to delight readers of all ages.
- His new book will be available for purchase.
- Mr. Salazar will be on hand for book signing, followed by time for questions and answers from the audience.
The illustrator of Coyote Rescues Hawk, Mona Lewis, will also offer a free earth pigment class, demonstrating how she made paint from local soil for the illustrations in the new book. Participants of all ages will learn how natural paint is made and and have the opportunity to paint their own pictures using natural colors from the earth.
12 pm & 2 pm | Masanga Marimba Performances
Enjoy the music of Masanga Marimba as they perform traditional and popular music from Africa and Latin America!
1 pm | Let's Draw! with Nickelodeon Animation
Learn how to draw your favorite SpongeBob characters.
Live Animal Meet & Greets
Join NHM's Living Collections as they share wonderous wild animals from around the world and even from your neighborhood!
Puppet Marionette Pop-ups
As you stroll through the gardens, keep a lookout for our puppet marionettes of LA wildlife.
Learn more about Earth Day participants!
Alan Salazar is an author, storyteller and tribal elder in both the Chumash and Fernañdino Tataviam. As a founding member of the Chumash Maritime Association and a member of the California Indian Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, he helped build the first traditional Chumash plank tomol (canoe) in modern times and has paddled in all the historic crossings from Oxnard to Santa Cruz Island. At 71, Alan is still paddling tomols and has the honor of mentoring many of the young Chumash paddlers, including his son and grandson. Alan has also taught youths about Native American cultures for over 25 years, helping to create educational programs at schools, museums, and cultural events in the United States and Great Britain. As a spiritual adviser within the Fernandeño Tataviam and Chumash communities, Alan leads ceremonies and prayer circles during traditional native indigenous gatherings.
Books: Coyote Rescues Hawk, A Chumash Story; A Tataviam Creation Story; and Tata, the Tataviam Towhee, a Tribal Story
Mona’s family comes from the United Kingdom, France, and Scandinavia. She is a watercolor artist and teacher of handwork in Waldorf education since 1996. She is co-director of the Waldorf Practical Arts Teacher Training program associated with the Southern California Waldorf Teacher Training Institute. Mona teaches artists of all ages, teachers, and home-schooling families in the plant-dye arts, making earth pigments, and in the practical arts of the Waldorf curriculum. Mona is the author of Nature’s Paintbox: Colors from the Natural World for the Young Artist and Those Who Are Young at Heart, and has illustrated three books for Alan Salazar: Coyote Rescues Hawk, A Chumash Story; A Tataviam Creation Story; and Tata, the Tataviam Towhee, a Tribal Story.
All four books are available online at: http://www.sunspritehandwork.com
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.
Artemisia Nursery is a retail nursery in Northeast Los Angeles specializing in California native plants. We also offer horticultural consultations and landscape design services. Visit www.artemisianursery.com to learn more.
Wild LA Interns
The Wild LA Internship is a collaborative program between the NHM’s Community Engagement office, Community Science office, and EXPO Center. Fifteen high school students from EXPO Center’s Teen Leadership program are participating in a paid internship focused on developing their STEM identity and building comfort in nature. During the Spring and Summer, they will learn about local ecology from Museum staff and scientists, get career mentorship, learn about community science data collection techniques, and ultimately be empowered to engage their communities with the knowledge and skills gained on equitable access to nature.
This program is generously funded by the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, created through AB 209 and administered by California State Parks, Office of Grants, and Local Services.
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
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 Educator team at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are the knowledgeable staff that enhance the visitor experience through personal interaction. Through research and training, Museum Educators create and facilitate educational programs for general museum visitors, for school groups, and for special events, both in-person and virtual.
The team behind the Performing Arts department at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County creates live theatrical performances based on our exhibits, research, collections, and events. Learn more about this unique program HERE.
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.
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