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Homeschool Day: Nature in L.A.

March 23, 2023 | 9:30 am – 3 pm
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March 23, 2023 | 9:30 am – 3 pm

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Join us at the Natural History Museum this Homeschool Day as we celebrate the amazing animal biodiversity here in Los Angeles! From snails to raccoons, learn about the wonderful wildlife roaming the neighborhood, hear from our Living Collections team to learn more about some of our Living Collections at the Museum, make a mountain lion mask, and so much more! As always, these days are exclusive for Homeschoolers, so you won't be sharing the museum with traditional school groups. See below for more information on what to expect at Homeschool Day!

As always, these special days are free for Homeschoolers. Skip the line and reserve your free tickets by using discount code homeschool23 at checkout. While pre-registration is encouraged, it is not required! Tickets will be available at the door with this same discount code.

Schedule of Programs

9:30 am–3 pm  | Welcome Table
Visit us at the Welcome Table in the galleries to grab scavenger hunts and other resources
Drop-in; no tickets necessary | All ages welcome | Grand Foyer

10 am–3 pm | Plan Your Visit Station
Create a visual checklist to plan your time together at the museum
Drop-in; no tickets necessary | All ages welcome | Grand Foyer

10 am–12 pm | Butterfly Pavilion 
Explore our outdoor pavilion where butterflies fly free (weather-dependent)
Tickets required*; limited capacity | All ages welcome

10 am–12 pm | Exploration Stations: Research & Collections
Swing by the Research & Collections tables to meet our scientists and learn about their work at the Museum
Drop-in; no tickets necessary | All ages welcome | Grand Foyer

10 am–2 pm | Craft Stations
Get artsy with some crafts inspired by our animal neighbors
Drop-in; no tickets necessary | All ages welcome | Lower Otis Booth Pavilion

10 am–3 pm | Live Animal Meet & Greet
Learn about our Live Animal program and meet one of our animal ambassadors
Drop-in; no tickets necessary | All ages welcome | Nature Lab

10:30 am & 11:30 am | Dinosaur Encounters
Meet our life-sized dinosaur puppets in this interactive performance (15 minutes)
Tickets required*; limited capacity | Recommended for Grades 1 - 5

11:30 am & 1:30 pm | Storytime
Hear a story about a local special animal
Drop-in; no tickets necessary Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 3

*We are offering free Butterfly Pavilion tickets (for entry 10 am–12 pm, in 30-minute time slots) and Dinosaur Encounters tickets (performances at 10:30 & 11:30 am) to our Homeschoolers at any admissions kiosk. When you arrive, hop in line at our ticketing kiosks if you are interested in adding these complimentary tickets to your order (while supplies last). Tickets are first come, first served and one free add-on per order. Have your order number ready for a speedy check-in!  If free tickets sell out, homeschoolers are welcome to purchase General Admission tickets for add-ons.

Homeschool Day Tips

  • Advanced registration is not required to participate in Homeschool Day. We recommend arriving early as tickets for special Homeschool Day programs with limited availability will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Limited FREE Butterfly Pavilion tickets will be available! You can request Butterfly Pavilion tickets at the ticket booth with General Admission. 

  • Bring a pencil and clipboard to take advantage of our Homeschool Day scavenger hunts, available in the Grand Foyer.

  • On Homeschool Day, homeschool educators receive 10% off in the Museum Store with their admissions sticker.

  • Prepare for your time at the Natural History Museum with our pre-visit materials:

  • We aim to make the Natural History Museum an exciting, educational, and enjoyable experience for everyone. If you have any questions about accommodation services we offer, contact our Call Center at 213.763.3466 or info@nhm.org at least 48 hours in advance.