Junior Scientist | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

It's Time to Become a Junior Scientist!


It's time to become a Junior Scientist!

Join us each month to experience NHMLA as a scientist does! Feel what it’s like to do real scientific work by using the same tools and techniques as our own Museum researchers.

Junior Scientist is specially designed for 6- to 9-year-olds and their families. Packed with activities, demonstrations, and an up-close look at some cool (and sometimes creepy crawly) highlights from our collection, each month is a crash course in one of the many fields of science explored at the Museum. By asking questions, making observations, and using your own customized Junior Scientist Field Notebook, you’ll make science-based discoveries about topics ranging from the biggest dinosaurs to the smallest insects.


FREE with paid Museum admission. Events are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required, but tickets are very limited, so arrive early!



Saturday, December 16, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Junior Geologist

Have you ever been curious about what makes Earth, EARTH? The answer…ROCKS! As Junior Geologists, we’ll discover how the formation of rocks is never ending, and explore their different shapes, sizes and structures. Join us on a journey through the world of geology as we get ready to dig deeper into Earth’s rock cycle, and uncover why rocks and minerals are important in our everyday life!



Saturday, November 11, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Junior Urban Biologist

Have you ever looked closely at what lives in your own backyard? Join November’s Junior Scientist program to meet one of NHMLA’s scientists and discover why and how we study the plants and animals that live right here in our city. We’ll spend time in our Nature Gardens learning about a common backyard animal with a special city history, the squirrel! We’ll explore how squirrels live their lives in L.A., what roles they play in our urban ecosystem, and how our scientists study these city dwellers!


Saturday, October 28, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Junior Ecologist

Calling all Jr. Scientists looking to take a trip to L.A.’s Ice Age past! Put your nature eyes on and go behind the scenes to uncover the exciting work of a paleo-ecologist at the La Brea Tar Pits. As a Junior Ecologist, you’ll get a hands-on look at how studying fossils from LA’s past help us understand ecosystems of the future. From mammoths to millipedes, dire wolves to dung beetles, explore how every animal, even some of the ones in your own backyard, play a vital role in LA’s past and our lives today!


To view the Youth Program Brochure click HERE!

For more information, please contact us at 213.763.3499 or educate@nhm.org



Spider Pavilion

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Discover amazing arachnids in a one-of-a-kind experience.

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The Story of P-22

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Discover the story of P-22, L.A.'s famous mountain lion that roams the hills of Griffith Park.

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There are only two fossil specimens of Augustynolophus in the world, and both are here at NHMLA. Visitors to the Museum can discover this duck-billed celebrity  in the Dinosaur Hall.

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