Events and Programs

Saturday, June 24 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stetson Ranch Park BioBlitz

Stetson Ranch, Sylmar, CA

Join NHMLA as we bioblitz Stetson Ranch Park. This beautiful park in the San Fernando Valley has lizards, birds, squirrels, insects, and lots of native plants, but this park has never been documented by citizen science. Join us as we photograph the wildlife and add them to NHMLA’s citizen science projects. Event is free. RSVP required - register via e-mail at

Our team will also be hosting a Nature Day event at the nearby San Fernando Library that you are welcome to attend after the BioBlitz. We will offer snacks and refreshments at the conclusion of the event. 


June 24, 207 11 AM to 2 PM

San Fernando Nature Day

San Fernando Library

Spend a fun-filled day with NHMLA and the Los Angeles County Library staff at the San Fernando Library as we celebrate nature in the city.  There will be nature-themed activities for all age groups including puppet shows, story time, and wildlife hunts.  The wildlife hunts will be located both in the San Fernando and surrounding neighborhood.  Scientists and educators will be on hand to answer all of your wildlife questions and guide you during the wildlife searches. Participants will learn about local wildlife, where to search for them, and even how to photograph them in the name of science! 

RSVP Not Required

photo: Deniz Durmus

June 25 & 26, 2017 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Ocean BioBlitz: Point Fermin

Point Fermin, San Pedro, CA

Program is now SOLD OUT

Tidepooling and sand sampling! Join NHMLA and University of California’s CALeDNA as we take advantage of the lowest tide cycle of the year to explore coastal marine life at Point Fermin, San Pedro in two exciting ways.

NHMLA invites you to participate in a bioblitz of the rocky intertidal areas, using iNaturalist to document the marine life, while UCLA teaches a new method to monitor biodiversity, collecting environmental DNA samples from the sandy areas of the park.

The data we collect will be compiled into state-wide efforts so scientists can gain a better understanding of the organisms that live in this section of the California coast.

Ages 10+, iNaturalist experience preferred
Point Fermin, San Pedro, CA
June 25 & 26 (Both dates are SOLD OUT)
5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

For questions please call (213) 763-3535 or Click Here to send an e-mail.

Diversity Initiative for the Southern California Ocean, University of California, CALeDNA, California Academy of Sciences, Snapshot Cal Coast

photo: Dean Pentcheff

2016-2017 Season

Citizen Science Meet Ups

Join us as we use Los Angeles as a field site for science. Citizen Science Meet Ups are opportunities to participate in different projects for a single day, while working alongside participants, from beginners to professionals, with varied nature and science experiences. It is a team environment so all are welcome!

Specific dates, locations, and registration information for each program will be added as soon as possible. To get on our e-mail list, and to ask questions, contact us at

September 10, 2016
Marine Sampling at King Harbor Marina
Registration: Closed

October 15, 2016
Rio Hondo Channel BioBlitz
Registration: Closed

December 10, 2016
Verdugo Mountains Wildlife Hunt
Registration: Closed

February 18, 2017
Wildlife Hunt at Augustus F. Hawkins Nature Park
Registration: Closed

April 15, 2017
City Nature Challenge BioBlitz at Hansen Dam
Registration: Closed

April 16, 2017
Citizen Nature Challenge Meet Up: Nature Egg Hunt
Registration: Closed

June 25 & 26, 2017
Ocean BioBlitz: Point Fermin, San Pedro
Registration: Open