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.


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WORKSHOP: Tidepool Discoveries!

OFFSITE - Saturday, February 2, 2019; 12 pm - 3 pm

Join NHM’s School Programs team and Marine Biodiversity Center Director, Regina Wetzer, for a day at the shore! During this special educator workshop, we’ll go out into the field for a hands-on exploration of the fascinating and abundant life that calls the intertidal zone home. You’ll hear about groundbreaking research being conducted by NHM scientists in this unique ecosystem, as well as how you can connect students with marine science content, both inside and outside the classroom. We hope to see you there!


WORKSHOP: Planting Seeds, Growing Minds

Saturday, February 23, 2019; 9 am - 12 pm

School gardens are a powerful tool for promoting academic learning, environmental literacy, and community and social development. During this workshop, we’ll discuss logistics for setting up and maintaining a garden at your school and introduce methods for effective classroom management in an outdoor setting. We’ll share strategies for engaging multiple learning styles through nature journaling and provide some helpful related resources. Hear from NHM garden experts and spend time exploring and gaining inspiration from our extensive and beautiful Nature Gardens!

Registration coming soon!


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!