You don’t have to travel far and wide to be an explorer. Just go outside! Even in an urban area like Los Angeles County, nature can be found everywhere! Discover the natural world right outside your door by checking out a Nature Exploration Bag or joining one of our upcoming live virtual programs.
Upcoming Live Events on Webex
From museum scientists to gardening, learn more about the wild and wonderful natural world with virtual programs to inspire further exploration. Recommended for teens & tweens.
Tuesday, May 18, 4 pm
Climate Science 101: Careers in Science and Engineering with NASA JPL
Learn the basic science behind climate studies and discover some of the STEM careers in this field. Presented by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Tuesday, May 25, 4 pm
Soaring & Slithering: Meet Your Bird & Reptile Neighbors with the Natural History Museum
Join NHM scientists to learn more about the birds and reptiles who call Los Angeles County home.
Saturday, June 19, 11 am
Gardening in Your Own Backyard
Create nature in your own backyard! Learn about seeds and proper planting techniques as well as what makes growing plants in Southern California so unique.
Tuesday, June 22, 4 pm
Wildlife at our Feet: Meet Your Snail & Insect Neighbors with the Natural History Museum
Join NHM scientists to learn more about the snails and insects who call Los Angeles County home.
Tuesday, July 27, 4 pm
Meet Your Bat & Other Mammal Neighbors with the Natural History Museum
Scientists from NHM—including LA’s Batman and Parasite Woman!—share their experiences studying LA County’s bats and other mammals.
Tuesday, August 31, 3:30 pm
A Day in the Life of the Natural History Museum: Careers in STEAM
Take a look behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum and learn about the many types of careers available there.
Nature Exploration Bags
Practice being a scientist in your own community by checking out one of our Nature Exploration Bags. Developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Bags include scientists’ tools like a magnifying glass and specimen jars, and a Field Guide of tips and tricks to help you discover animals and plants wherever you are. Add your observations to the Nature Exploration Community Journal to share what you learn about the wildlife in your area with other Library explorers!
Nature Exploration Bags can be checked out for 3 weeks with your library card and will be available at the following library locations: San Fernando, City Terrace, Quartz Hill, South Whittier, and Compton.
National Geographic Kids
Each issue is packed with colorful photos, games, fun animal facts, science and technology, and more.
Observe nature through live nature cams and documentaries.
Google Earth – National Parks
Explore over 30 National Parks across the country with Google Earth virtual guided tours.
Community Science at the National History Museum
Explore nature in LA and help scientists answer questions about the world.
Record encounters with plants and wildlife and connect with experts to identify them. Use this website or one of their mobile apps, iNaturalist or Seek.
These opportunities for hands-on discovery and virtual programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of Edison International and LA County Library Foundation.
These opportunities for hands-on discovery and virtual programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of Edison International and the LA County Library Foundation.