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NHMLA's Community Science Projects

Join NHMLAC staff as they talk about some of the community science projects they manage throughout Los Angeles area and beyond.

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Community Science at NHMLA

Our Community Science Program welcomes all people to participate in our projects and events, and looks forward to many valuable new partnerships and collaborations. Help us explore nature in L.A.!

Participating in our projects is easy.

Some involve taking photos of wildlife and sharing them with us, and some involve working with real specimens. Here’s how our photo-based projects work:


Discover Wildlife

Help us investigate the incredible nature all around L.A., in backyards, schools, and in neighborhoods.


Record What You See

Snap a photo of the wild plants and animals you find, and when and where you found them. The more detailed the observation, the better!


Share What You Find

Submit your observations with iNaturalist or by e-mailing nature@nhm.org or texting 213.663.6632 or by tagging us in social media with #NatureinLA


Step outside and take a moment to slow down, look, and listen. You can find nature even in small planters surrounded by concrete. Peek under leaves and rocks to find shy animals like bugs and snails. But be safe and put back anything you move—that’s someone’s tiny home.

Check out the projects mentioned in the video!