Teacher Resources | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

We offer free professional development, lesson plans, and outdoor classroom teaching tools for all K-12 California educators! Teachers even get free Museum admission and preview access to new exhibits with a school ID or paystub.

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Field Trips on the Metro!

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Check out the Metro! The Transit Education Team is now offering the Student Field Trip Program, which provides access to 20 approved destinations -- including the Natural History Museum!

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We're your second classroom!

From professional development opportunities to outdoor education resources, we'll be your go-to! Check out our sidebar for links to upcoming workshop registrations, curricula for your field trip, and a free archive of resources and info from every workshop we've offered.

California K-12 teachers get free admission any day of the week with a school ID or current paystub, and we also offer Teacher Preview Days for new exhibits so that you can see it first! Check back here periodically for updates on what's coming next.


Educator Workshop with Heidi Lucero - Saturday, May 05, 2018; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join NHMLA Teacher Programs and Heidi Lucero for a morning of presentation, conversation, and basket weaving. Heidi is an Indigenous Anthropologist and is a descendant of Acjachemen and Mutsan Ohlone tribes of California. Heidi will share her experiences and perspectives on the Native Californian community, and she'll teach us the basics of basket weaving using traditional techniques and sustainably harvested non-native plants and resources. Get ready for the reopening of our permanent exhibit Becoming Los Angeles, and deepen your understanding of our Nature Gardens with resources to take back to the classroom. 



Below are links to our most loved and requested resources. Please help yourself!

Creating an iNaturalist Account

Using the Outdoor Classroom

Planting a Monarch Waystation

What are Visual Thinking Strategies?

To see all of our past workshop resources from 2012 to the present, click here.


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We want to offer teachers what they need — not what we think they need. All of our lesson plans and activities were written for teachers by teachers (thus the name), and we are always on the lookout for teachers to hire to help us write curriculum. At the moment, we have nothing in the works, but check back for updates!