Thursday, June 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES EVENTS: Natural History Museum/ La Brea Tar Pits | @NHMLA #science

History, Science, Birds, Bugs and More!

First Fridays
Friday, June 6, 5:30–11 pm

Where music, science, collections, and cocktails come together. Featuring an outdoor concert with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, and Painted Palms. Take a Museum tour with Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager of the NHM BioSCAN urban insect biodiversity project; hear Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich talk about the hot topic, “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World”; and dance with DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad.

Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Lecture and tours included but spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.



Citizen Science and Cocktails: eBird with Kimball Garrett

Thursday, June 12, 5 pm

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program has revolutionized how we keep track of birdlife throughout the world. NHM’s Ornithology Collections Manager, Kimball Garrett, has been involved with the eBird project since its inception over the past 40 years! Join us to learn how eBird works by exploring the Nature Gardens and using data tools to paint a detailed picture of the birdlife of Exposition Park, the Los Angeles Region, and the world.

Free to the public. Event begins with a cocktail reception with cash bar.
RSVP at www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/lectures.

Junior Scientist: A Bug’s Life
Saturday, June 14, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Even though they can be small and some even considered pests, insects play a vital role in the biological diversity of Los Angeles. Put on your Entomologist hat, and see what has them all a buzz about insects!

Free with paid Museum admission.

Critter Club: Critter Commotion
Saturday, June 14, 10 am and 11 am

Hiss! Chirp! Croak! Who makes these sounds? Let’s meet some noisy animals, and make some commotion of our own!

Free with paid Museum admission.

Second Nature: Food Preservation Workshop
Saturday, June 14, 1–3 pm
How to Preserve Your Harvest

Explore the Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden at NHM and learn about the various methods and techniques you can use to preserve the bounty of your garden (or local farmer’s market). We will incorporate history, culture and a hands-on project that you can take home.

Tickets: Members $15, Non-members $20. Registration required at www.nhm.org/workshops.

Curator’s Cupboard: Extinction
Saturday, June 28, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Be it genetics, predation, climate, competition, disease, or habitat loss — let’s look at extinction as a natural and global phenomenon. Take this opportunity to talk with our scientists about the animals currently being studied, as well as conservation efforts. Join behind-the-scenes tours to collection areas!

Free with paid Museum admission.

Workshop: Grow Your Own Vegetables

Sundays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 1–4:30 pm

Create your own edible garden for fresh, organic produce! Learn how to create good soil out of your current one; find out what, how, and when to plant; increase yield and add variety; and more. The workshop will be lead by Master Gardener Florence Nishida.

Workshop price includes 4-class series. $100 Members, $120 non-members. Limited $80 discounted rate for certain zipcodes, call 213.763.3499 for availability. Registration required at nhm.org/workshops.

JULY

Summer Garden Parties — New!
Fridays, July 11 and 25, 5–9 pm

At the brand new Summer Garden Parties, awaken five senses on our botanical tours, geek out with us in citizen science projects, and by all means, get your hands dirty in homesteading activities (pickling, potting, birdhouse building, and more). Have a picnic under the stars, or enjoy bars and food trucks – and get ready to dance because the DJs will be outside too. It’s Friday night – time to take a deep breath and get outdoorsy at NHM!

Workshop: Moonlit Gardens

Tuesday, July 15th, 7–9pm

Twilight is a magical time in the garden. Join Carol Bornstein for an evening stroll through the Nature Gardens as we explore timeless garden traditions that make the most of moonlight. The workshop focuses on water-thrifty plants with silvery foliage, white blossoms, or fragrant, night-blooming flowers that are well suited to southern California gardens.

Camp Goo

At the Page Museum

Friday, July 18, 6:30 pm
Spend an exciting night at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. Take a special flashlight tour of the tar pits, go on a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, and make sticky crafts.
For children 5 and up with participating adults. For reservations call 213.763.3536.

ONGOING

Dinosaur Encounters

Thursdays, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm
Watch as dinosaurs come to life! Our realistic T. rex and Triceratops large-scale puppets capture the imaginations of audiences in performances each week. Our team of performance artists will guide you back in time to better understand dinosaur anatomy, possible behavior and movement.

Free with paid Museum admission.

Ice Age Encounters

At the Page Museum

Fridays, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Come face to face with our Saber-toothed Cat—don’t worry, she’s a puppet—and learn about life in the Ice Age!

Tickets $3, available at the door.

Picturing Nature
Daily, 10 am
For the Museum early birds! Meet us in the Nature Gardens as we watch the world wake up and practice drawing and journaling what we find - a fun and personal way to remember your outdoor experiences.

Free with paid Museum admission.

L.A.’s Neighbors
Daily, 12 pm
Come to the Pond deck in the Nature Gardens to meet some of your not-so-noticeable wildlife next-door neighbors.

Free with paid Museum admission.

Meet a Live Animal
Daily, 3 pm
Drop by the Nature Lab to meet different animals daily, from bugs to boas.
Free with paid Museum admission.

About the Museums

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for children. Admission is free the first Tuesday of every month. For tickets or more information, call (213) 763-DINO or visit www.nhm.org.

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is at 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for children. For tickets or more information, visit www.tarpits.org.

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