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.
Nature Exploration Bags
Now Available! Practice being a scientist in your own community by checking out one of our Nature Exploration Bags, available at the following libraries: San Fernando, City Terrace, Quartz Hill, South Whittier, and Compton.
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. 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. Visit or call one of the libraries above to borrow.
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.