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!

Need a ride?

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: Engineering Invertebrates!

Saturday, November 17, 2018  |  9 am - 12 pm

Join us for an educator workshop all about insects and arachnids! Far from simple organisms, these invertebrates (sometimes simply described as “lacking a backbone”) are a feat of engineering. Hear from the NHMLA Entomology experts about the complex and beautiful anatomy of these creepy crawly critters, then take your newfound knowledge to the field and explore our Spider Pavilion, observing these amazing animals in action. You’ll bring what you’ve learned back to your classroom by working with fellow educators and our School Programs team to develop activities that inspire students to look at invertebrates in a whole new light!



WORKSHOP: Minerally Speaking: Earth Science in the Classroom

Saturday, December 15, 2018; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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!