Events and Programs

April 27-30

2018 City Nature Challenge

Take the City Nature Challenge, April 27-30, 2018

This year, 60+ cities around the world are competing in the City Nature Challenge. Using cameras and smartphones, thousands of people worldwide will observe wildlife in their home cities, contributing to an international database of urban wildlife that will be used by scientists and naturalists all over the world.

The 2018 City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts
April 27-30: Taking pictures of wild plants and animals
May 1-3: Identifying what was found

For the third year in a row, NHMLA is rallying everyone in Los Angeles County to get out outside, snap photos of local wildlife, and share their observations.

Four ways to share your observations
1. Social Media: #NatureinLA (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
2. E-mail: nature@nhm.org
3. Text: 213.663.6632
4. iNaturalist app (iOS/Apple or Android)


April 27 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and April 28, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

City Nature Challenge - Point Fermin BioBlitz

Point Fermin, San Pedro, CA 90731

The rocky intertidal areas of Los Angeles are great places to find all sorts of wildlife. Join the researchers from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to explore coastal marine life at Point Fermin, San Pedro.

Come to one or both dates:

  • Friday, April 27, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We encourage everyone to use iNaturalist to document the marine life they see during this bioblitz event.

The data we collect will be compiled into the City Nature Challenge, and will be available to scientists so they may continue their understanding of the organisms that live in this section of the California coast.

Event is free, but RSVP so we know you are coming.


April 28 9 AM to 1 PM

City Nature Challenge - South Bay BioBlitz

Deane Dana Friendship Park, 1805 W 9th St. San Pedro, CA 90732

Are you curious about nature in the South Bay? Come join us for a plant and wildlife survey of Deane Dana Friendship Park. Scientists and educators from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation will show you and your family how to survey this unique urban natural park and will display specimens of wildlife that can be found in the area.

This nature day will take place during the four day long City Nature Challenge, the world’s largest annual wildlife observation competition. Your observations will count toward Los Angeles County’s total as we compete against over 60 cities worldwide to see which city can document the most wildlife.

Whether you’re in it to help win the City Nature Challenge, or just curious to learn more about the wildlife around the South Bay, together we will explore nature in Deane Dana Friendship Park, as experts from the museum will show you how to “put on your nature eyes” and see the park in a whole new way!

Eventbrite RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oKSD2O


May 1 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

City Nature Challenge - ID Party at NHMLA

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Help Los Angeles win the City Nature Challenge by joining staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to make online identifications of observations of L.A. wildlife posted to iNaturalist.

Museum staff will share tips to help you make identifications.

Bring your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone. WiFi and powerstrips will be provided.

Event is free, but RSVP so we know you are coming.


May 2 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

City Nature Challenge - ID Party at Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Be part of the community by joining the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at Angel City Brewery to make online identifications of the photos of L.A. wildlife that people have added to the City Nature Challenge.

Museum staff will share tips to help you make identifications.

Local brews from Angel City Brewery will keep you motivated as we work hard to win the City Nature Challenge.

Cash bar and food trucks onsite.

Children 14 and under may attend until 8:00 p.m. if accompanied with a parent or guardian

Bring your own laptop, tablet, or smartphone. WiFi and powerstrips will be provided.

Event is free, but RSVP so we know you are coming.