Nature Gardens at NHMLA

When you explore the Nature Gardens, you will experience L.A. wildlife all around you. Every bush, flower, and tree you see here was planted to attract creatures. If you look closely, you'll see butterflies, hummingbirds, squirrels, snails, and a lot more!

New Discovery

We discovered this unusual bush sunflower growing in the Nature Gardens and named it Paleo Yellow. The name is a play on words—paleo referring to our dinosaur research, and for the flower’s pale yellow color.

Get Dirty Zone

Sometimes we forget that the soil beneath our feet is the foundation of everything in nature! Get your hands dirty, see how roots grow and look for pillbugs.

Pollinator Garden

Our garden is a magnet for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Come to the northeast corner of the Nature Gardens, spot pollinators and the native plants they need for fuel.

This Season in the Nature Gardens

Meet a Live Animal

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Nature Gardens at NHMLA

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  • Look for a lizard crawling near the Living Wall.
  • Spy a spider engineering its web.
  • Discover plants that were hand-picked to attract wildlife.
  • Watch birds bathing in the Pond and snacking at the hummingbird feeders.


L.A.'s Wild Side

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