County of Los Angeles Public Library Partnership
The NHMLA Community Science office began a partnership with the County of Los Angeles Public Library in June 2016 with the goal of expanding the reach of scientific literacy and nature awareness to more communities within the L.A. County region. NHMLA staff continue to work closely with library staff to explore different methods to make community science more accessible. Some efforts include family-friendly education programs such as "Library Nature Days," empowering library staff through museum-led iNaturalist trainings, and the implementation of "Nature Kits" that library patrons can check out to help facilitate nature exploration in their own neighborhoods.
County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Partnership
In May 2017, NHMLA began a partnership with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation to support them as they piloted a new six-week summer camp experience in which their campers participated in fun activites that incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Eight parks throughout the county were part of this pilot. Staff from each park came to NHMLA for faciliatactivity resources, and support from NHMLA. For 2018, the partnership expanded to include a nine-month long development of activites with both County Parks & Rec staff and NHMLA staff working as a team to expand the activites to incorporate more STEAM elements, and to provide additional resources for parks staff to implement the activities. "Environment" was added as a core element, and the ESTEAM camp offering grew to 16 parks in Los Angeles County.