Events and Programs

January 22 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

East Rancho Dominguez Nature Day

East Rancho Dominguez Library, 4420 East Rose St. Compton, CA 90221

Are you curious about nature in the Rancho Dominguez neighborhood? Come join us for a free, fun, family-friendly event at the East Rancho Dominguez Library. Scientists and educators from the Natural History Museum will join the LA County Library staff in hosting puppet shows, crafts and activities and will show you and your family specimens of wildlife that can be found in the area. Together, we will explore nature around the library, including an evening bat walk, where experts from the museum will show you how to “put on your nature eyes” and see the park and neighborhood in a whole new way!

*No RSVP Required


February 1 to March 31

Snail Blitz 2019

Southern California

From Feb. 1-March 31, 2019, families, children, and adults are invited to send NHMLA photographs of the snails and slugs they encounter throughout Southern California. Help us reach our goal of 1,500 images by the end of SnailBlitz 2019. Photo will be automatically entered into a photo contest to win some great prizes - including a family membership. Learn more


February 17 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Snail Fest at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

1750 North Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

Celebrate the wonder of snail and slugs at Snail Fest! Take guided hikes with NHMLA scientists to discover snails and slugs around Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Learn how to photograph these amazing creatures, and how to share your photos of them, for science. Fun snail/slug-inspired crafts, story times, and snacks will be provided. This FREE event is perfect for children, teens, and families. RSVP is not required.

Event is hosted by Eaton Canyon Nature Center and the Community Science Program of the Natural HIstory Museum of Los Angeles County.


L.A. County Library Events - 2018 to 2019 Season

The NHMLA Community Science Programs partners with L.A. County Library with the goal of expanding the reach of scientific literacy and nature awareness to more communities within the L.A. County region. Join us for FREE family-friendly educational programs at L.A. County Libraries.

NATURE EXPLORATION BAG - LIBRARY CHECK OUT: Be one of the first to check out a Nature Exploration Bag. Tools in the bag include binoculars, hand lens, a community journal, and much more.

December 6, 2018: Willowbrook Library Kickoff Event: Dec 6, 3pm-5pm; Check Out Period: Dec 6 to Jan 5

February 4, 2019: Sorensen Library Kickoff Event: Feb 4, 3pm-5pm; Check Out Period: Feb 4 to Mar 4

March 30, 2019: Hermosa Beach Library. Kickoff Event: Mar 30, 11am-1pm; Check Out Period: Mar 30 to May 4

LIBRARY NATURE DAYS: These family-friendly events offer a chance for children and adults to learn together about the nature living in their neighborhoods. Activities include bug hunts, story times, specimen displays, skits, and crafts.

January 22, 2019, 3:30pm-6:30pm: East Rancho Dominguez Library

June 19, 2019, 3:00pm-6:00pm: West Covina Library


iNaturalist Trainings - 2018 to 2019 Season

iNaturalist trainings are designed to get beginners, community scientists, volunteers, researchers, educators, and project managers trained on how to use the iNaturalist platform. Trainings are free to attend, but RSVP is required.

August 11, 2018 - iNaturalist 101 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (registration closed)
November 3, 2018 - iNaturalist 201 at Whittier Narrows Nature Center  (registration closed)
February 2, 2019 - iNaturalist 101 at Aquarium of the Pacific (registration open)

- iNaturalist 101 beginners learn how to use the mobile app
- iNaturalist 201 intermediate users learn how to best use the website
- iNaturalist 301 experienced users learn how to create and manage projects and bioblitz events
- iNaturalist 401 community science professionals discuss best practices for training participants on iNaturalist