Nature Gardens Features

Entry Plaza

An unticketed gathering place where you can enjoy the urban nature experience before entering the Museum.  

Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden

Here you'll find our lush vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens. Take a garden class or a nature walk, and you may get to taste what we're growing.  

Get Dirty Zone

In this section, you can literally play in the dirt, the foundation of everything in nature! Come see how pillbugs help create soil, and peek in on roots through our see-through planters.  

Listening Tree

Look for the silver trumpets and listen to nutrients moving through this oak tree's xylem tubes.  

Living Wall

This isn't just a wall, it's a wildlife habitat with blooming succulents that make homes for spiders and snails.

Malaise Trap

Check our insect collection device, part of our BioSCAN project.

Pollinator Garden

Our newest addition to the Nature Gardens features native plants that attract birds, bees, butterflies and other colorful flyers.


Teeming with wildlife, the pond will make a home for dragonflies and a bath for birds.

Transition Garden

This garden reveals L.A.'s history. It has plants that Spanish missionaries brought, settlers after that, and planted olive trees, settlers brought plants from their homelands, which flourished thanks to the L.A. Aqueduct.

Urban Water Feature

Designed as a metaphor for the Los Angeles River, this neat component of the Nature Gardens starts with a source pond, then the water disappears underground, and reemerges later.