Events and Programs

February 1 to March 31

SnailBlitz 2018

Southern California

During Feb. 1-March 31, 2018, Angelenos 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 2018. Photo will be automatically entered into a photo contest to win some great prizes - including a behind-the-scenes tour at NHMLA. Learn more

iNaturalist Trainings - 2017 to 2018 Season

These two-part trainings are designed to get citizen scientists, volunteers, scientists, educators, and project managers trained on how to add observations to the iNaturalist platform, and how to create/manage iNaturalist projects and bioblitz events. Trainings are free to attend, but RSVP is required.

August 29 - at Descanso Gardens

November 8 - at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

February 6 - at Stoneview Nature Center (registration open)

May 2 - at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Saturday, February 10 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nature Day at Pico Rivera

Pico Rivera Library: 9001 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Are you curious about nature in Pico Rivera? Come join us for a free, fun, family-friendly event at the Pico Rivera Library. Scientists and educators from the Natural History Museum will join County of Los Angeles Library staff in hosting a variety of 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 and in Smith Park, 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!

Who: Families

Cost: FREE, but please register so we know you are coming

More info: OR 213.763.3320

Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

La Brea Webs - Community Science Meetup

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum: 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Help researchers at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum investigate ice age food webs! Register today!

Join us as we examine microfossils from Project 23. These remains of the Tar Pits' smallest victims (like plants, rodents, insects, and songbirds) can tell us a lot about the organisms that were living here tens of thousands of years ago while also helping us understand modern-day ecosystems. Community scientists are helping researchers sort and identify these microfossils, providing us with critical data about small mammals and plants.

During the program, you'll tour the lab and Project 23 excavation site, work with museum scientists to sort fossil material and identify what you've found, and learn how to use the  iNaturalist mobile app.

Who: Families, teachers, adults

Cost: Free

Registration required: Limited to 24 people, Register today

More info: or 213.763.3535