Events and Programs

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


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 closed)

- 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