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Dinosaur Ball 2021

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Opening New Doors
to Natural History

Dinosaur Ball 2021

Opening New Doors to Natural History
Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 6 pm – 8 pm
 

Join us for a virtual evening benefiting the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. This year's Dinosaur Ball will celebrate the continuity of our groundbreaking work despite the challenges of the global pandemic and honor one of the most inspiring voices of our generation, Jared M. Diamond, Pulitzer prize-winning author and Professor of Geography at UCLA. 

Co-Chairs

Nancy and John Edwards
Shannon and Dionne Faulk
Curtis Jung and Lynn Hatashita-Jung

jared diamond

Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer prize-winning author of five best-selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun?, The Third Chimpanzee, and The World Until Yesterday. As a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), he is known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. His prizes and honors include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. As a biological explorer, his most widely publicized finding was his rediscovery, at the top of New Guinea’s remote Foja Mountains, of the long-lost Golden-fronted Bowerbird, previously known only from four specimens found in a Paris feather shop in 1895.

Opportunities to Participate

For more than a century, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County have served as leading cultural, scientific, and educational institutions for L.A. and beyond. The Dinosaur Ball celebrates our commitment to Opening New Doors by:

  • Featuring a live conversation with Jared Diamond focused on his research and expeditions, role as a science communicator, and highlighting some of the awe inspiring specimens he has contributed to NHMLAC's collections
  • Premiering a dynamic new interactive exhibition unveiling Gnatalie, a recently excavated green Sauropod, which will be installed in the new Judith Perlstein Welcome Center in NHM Commons, to open in summer 2023
  • Launching virtual tours – taking a deep, behind-the-scenes dive into how our researchers' work informs current debates on species extinction and climate change

Proceeds from Dinosaur Ball 2021 will fund a robust program of distance-learning resources that connect hundreds of thousands of students with science, nature, history, and culture.

Thank You to Our Generous Supporters

Lead sponsor

Payden and Rygel

Partner

Heather and Dirk de Roos
Megan McGowan-Epstein and Alan Epstein
Greg and Lisa Martin
Jon and Kathleen Peacock
The Honorable Hilda Solis
University of Southern California

Patron

Esther Chui-Chao
Frederick Fisher and Partners
Mark and Jane Gavins
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Wally and Carol Marks
Matt Construction
Sarah Meeker Jensen
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Diane Naegele
Jane and Mark Pisano
Peter and Marcie Scranton
Studio Joseph
Studio-MLA
TheatreDNA

Supporter

Angeleno Group 
Angeles Investment Advisors, LLC
Ambassador Frank and Kathy Baxter
Diane and Jim Berliner
Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga
Capital Group
Reed Halladay
Janice Holland
Christopher Knight
Anita and Vince Lawler
Margaret Levy
Joe and Denise Lumarda
Caroline and Franklin Moser
Bruce and Nancy Newberg
Bob and Kathy Patterson
K. John and Monica W. Shaffer
Michael Silver
Larry Walraven

Child using tablet with headphones on

With videos, tours, Q&As, activities and stories, NHM educators helped keep museum learning within reach.

Adventures in Nature Camp Connected Teacher Kids At Home Classroom

Teachers guided campers on virtual adventures, covering everything from what poop belonged to which animal to how paleoartists brought fossils to life

Adventures in Nature Connected Camper Ava Corgan with mask and wings

Karina Moreno Corgan

Having play-excavated fossils of dinosaurs one day at Adventures in Nature Connected, Camper Ava Corgan crafted a bird mask and wings inspired by those feathered Cretaceous creatures.

Image of Zoom event with insect handler and praying mantis

Our live animal team connected kids to creatures of all kinds, bringing them closer to the natural world no matter where they might be.

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With videos, tours, Q&As, activities and stories, NHM educators helped keep museum learning within reach.

Teachers guided campers on virtual adventures, covering everything from what poop belonged to which animal to how paleoartists brought fossils to life

Having play-excavated fossils of dinosaurs one day at Adventures in Nature Connected, Camper Ava Corgan crafted a bird mask and wings inspired by those feathered Cretaceous creatures.

Karina Moreno Corgan

Our live animal team connected kids to creatures of all kinds, bringing them closer to the natural world no matter where they might be.