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Scavenger’s Safari:
Magnificent Marine Mollusks
Saturday, August 3
Go behind the scenes with Malacology
Collections Manager Lindsey Groves
and explore the fascinating world of
clams, abalone, and sea snails. Go on a
scavenger hunt throughout the Museum!
RSVP required.
Call 213.763.3316 or e-mail
. Free for members at
the Patron Family level and higher.
Visit NHM.ORG/renew.
Scavenger’s Safari: Birds of a Feather
Sunday, September 8
Join Curator of Ornithology Ken Campbell
for a special look at the Museum’s
bird collection not in public view.
Go on a scavenger hunt in the Museum.
RSVP required. Call 213.763.3316 or e-mail
. Free for members at
the Patron Family level and higher.
Visit NHM.ORG/renew.
Collector’s Circle Salon:
Backyard Jungle
Saturday, September 14, 10 am–1 pm
Museum Fellows Krishna and Bob Daly
invite you to join them in their Bel Air
backyard for an enchanting morning with
NHM’s Live Animal Programs team and
some of NHM’s live animal residents.
To join or renew at the $3,000 Collector’s
Circle level, visit NHM.ORG/fellows
or e-mail us at
Spider Pavilion:
Members Only Preview
Thrilling to See, Nothing to Fear
Friday, September 20 and Saturday,
September 21, 10am–5 pm
See these marvelous, misunderstood
creatures freely spin their spectacular
Free with timed-ticket reservations
at NHM.ORG/membertickets or call
213.763.3426. Sponsored by Western
Nature Gardens Exploration
Thursdays–Sundays, 11 am
Grab your binoculars or bug nets and
explore the new Nature Gardens.
Nature Walk
4pm Daily
Explore L.A.’s biodiversity in the
Nature Gardens.
Butterfly Pavilion
Open through September 2, 10am–5pm
See 53 species of free-flying flutterers.
Adventures in Nature: Blast to the Past!
August 5–9
Be an archeologist, a time traveler, or
film director at NHM’s summer camp!
Overnight Adventures
Friday, August 9, 6:30pm
Camp Dino for Boys and Girls
Friday, August 23, 6:30pm
Camp Butterfly Dreams for Girls
Enjoy activities followed by an
opportunity to sleep in our famous
For ages 5 and up with
participating adults
Curator’s Cupboard: Urban Biodiversity
Saturday, August 17, 10:30am–4pm
See the abundance of specimens
collected in the L.A. basin.
Silents Under the Stars
Saturday, August 17, 7 pm
A delightful night of dinner and a silent
movie at William S. Museum Hart Park.
Charles Phoenix:
Architecture in L.A.
Sunday, August 25, 7 pm
Pop culture humorist leads whirlwind
adventure tour exploring SoCal’s
undiscovered architectural gems.
Summer Movie Series
Friday, August 2
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Bring your picnic blanket and cozy up
to watch a film in our Nature Gardens,
and see our
Becoming Los Angeles
Tickets required. Movies begin
immediately after sunset.
Overnight Adventures
Friday, September 6, 6:30pm
Camp Dino for Boys and Girls
September 20, 6:30pm
Camp Archaeology for Boys
and Girls
Gardening Classes
September 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1–4:30 pm
Learn how to grow your own
vegetable garden.
Gallery Secrets
September 21, 22, 27, 29, 7–9pm
Chalk Repertory Theatre performs
plays celebrating the Museum’s history.
For tickets, visit or
Spider Pavilion
Opens September 22, 10am–5 pm
Discover our one-of-a-kind pavilion
on the Museum’s South Lawn.
Critter Club: Ice Age Stomp!
Saturday, September 21, 10am and 11 am
Go on a dig in the classroom and see
critters buried in ice.
Junior Scientist:
Tremendous Tar or Amazing Asphalt?
Saturday, September 21, 10:30am
and 1:30pm
Asphalt seeps have preserved millions
of Ice Age plants and animals. Find
out more at the Page Museum at the
La Brea Tar Pits.
Special Outdoor Screening
Saturday, September 28, 6:30 pm
Join us in NHM’s new Nature Gardens
for a screening of the 1974 crime
drama directed by Roman Polanski in
conjunction with the 100th anniversaries
of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and NHM.
Co-presented by the Huntington-USC
Institute on California and the West.
Support provided by Metabolic Studio.
Inspired by the possibilities of
NHM’s second century and the goals
of the NHM Next Campaign, Diane
Naegele joined the Museum’s Board
of Trustees in 2008 and promptly
began contributing time, energy,
and resources.
“NHM was transforming itself to
become more relevant and exciting
to the next generation of visitors,”
says Diane. “I saw getting involved as
an incredible opportunity to build
something that would not only support
and rejuvenate a 100-year-old icon of
Los Angeles, but help create an icon
for the next century as well.”
Her first major engagement was
to co-chair the 2009 Dinosaur Ball
with Sarah Meeker Jensen, now the
President of NHM’s Board of Trustees.
After spending time with Brian Brown,
NHM’s curator of entomology, Diane
decided the Dino Ball Silent Auction
could include naming a new species
discovered by NHM scientists. Diane
committed to an opportunity to
recognize her sister and brother-in-law
whose surname was Flies. “They were
celebrating their 25th anniversary, so I
named a new species of fly after them.”
At the same time, curators were
Age of Mammals
, and
Diane chose to make a gift to the
NHM Next Campaign. She was shown
a fully mounted composite feline
skeleton that had been assembled
from bones recovered from the La Brea
Tar Pits between 1913 and 1915. “It had
an amazing history. It had always been
classified as an American Lion, but
was now being reclassified as a jaguar
because of research done by Dr. John
Harris and his team. My husband, Rick,
loved cats. Now this fossil is popularly
referred to as Naegele’s Giant Jaguar.”
Since then, Diane has co-chaired
the 2011 Dino Ball and this year’s
Grand Centennial Celebration. She also
committed to making a second gift to
the NHM Next Campaign, which she
revealed to her siblings and other
family members on the night of the
Grand Centennial Celebration.
As they were driven onto the Museum’s
grounds to commence the festivities,
they stopped at the large water
feature flowing through the middle of
the Nature Gardens. Diane revealed
her secret gift—the Driscoll Family
Fountain. “It was a really touching
moment,” she recalls. “Everyone got
out of the Jeep and climbed into the
water in their formal dresses and
tuxedos to celebrate. I was so proud
to be associated with something that
is so emblematic of the Museum’s
second century.”
Diane’s singular commitment
and its continual renewal at various
points in the Campaign is what inspires
NHM President Jane Pisano to call
Diane “one of NHM’s most energetic
and committed Trustees.” It is also a
way for Diane to honor the Museum’s
glorious past and be a part of its
promising future.
Diane Naegele
NHM Next
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