NHMLA Celebrates Urban Nature at Third Annual "LA Nature Fest"

March 18-19, 2017

By Selena Hughes March 1, 2017

 Gardens at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017

9:30 am – 5 pm  (members early admission 9 am)


 $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students with valid I.D., and $5 for children (3-12).
 Museum Members and children under 2 are free.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will celebrate the city's wildlife in its third annual L.A. Nature Fest. There will be hands-on activities.  In the LADWP Green House, a fun, educational, and interactive home, kids can explore and learn about ways to save energy.  

At the “Nature Nook,” visitors can learn about taxidermy from NHMLA’s taxidermist Tim Bovard, and get the inside scoop on topics like local bees and L.A.’s famous mountain lion, P-22 (originally discovered by a mammologist who’s now on the Museum staff!).  

Casey Schreiner, author of Day Hiking Los Angeles: City Parks, Santa Monica Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, will share his best tips on day hikes in the L.A. area.  All wildlife lovers, from hiking machines to nature newbies, will be blown away by L.A.’s wild side: the plants, the animals, and the people devoted to protecting and studying them. 

Visitors can participate in hands-on workshops and experience local nature first hand with a range of activities for all ages. Each day will include:

  • Workshops and Tours 
    • Bird Life in Urban L.A.: Bird expert Kimball Garrett will lead a birding exploration through Exposition Park.
  • Presentations 
    • Snake feeding demonstration
    • L.A. Day Hike Tips  with Casey Schreiner
    • Native California Bees with Lisa Gonzalez
    • Taxidermy Demonstration with Tim Bovard, NHMLA Taxidermist
    • Expert tips on Wildlife Attracting Plants with Carol Bornstein, NHMLA Nature Gardens director
    • Storytelling puppet show with NHMLA Performing Arts
    •  Coffee roasting demonstration with Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne
    • California Tuna Salad Lunch cooking demonstration and sampling withErnest Miller
  • Ongoing Activities
    • “Keeper Chats” with Live Animal Keepers
    • Slug and Insect Painting + Citizen Science with NHMLA Urban Nature Research Center
    • Nature Crafts: Nature Crowns, Nature Bracelets, Sun Prints
    • LADWP interactive Green House and Water Trailer
    • National Park Service’s La Troca Interpretive Truck
    • Food Trucks and Resting Areas
    • Interactive Booths from Museum Partner Organizations




The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (213) 763-DINO.