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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County, California
34.01° -118.29°


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County North Campus is an urban nature experience in the heart of Los Angeles. The 3.5 acre site, located in Exposition Park, is being designed as habitat for urban wildlife. Opening to the public in 2012, the North Campus will be home to a long-term urban biodiversity study, and provide our visitors with a whole new way to engage with urban nature. Although the site is currently under construction, surveying has already begun, and baseline data are being gathered on existing flora, fauna, and environmental conditions so we can monitor and document transformations as the space is planted and changes over time.

Engaging the community in an effort to collect natural history data for our region, the Museum has begun a suite of Community Science (aka Citizen Science) programs, with plans for continuing expansion. Currently the Museum hosts three programs: The Lost Ladybug Project in partnership with Cornell University, our Los Angeles Spider Survey, and our newest program, The Lost Lizards of Los Angeles, or LLOLA. Each of these programs helps us to collect critical data on the urban biodiversity in our region and will augment our species list for the North Campus. As a major Natural History Museum, we are fortunate to have a baseline of voucher specimens and records of the fauna historically found in Exposition Park. One of our biggest assets is our bird observation data which have been consistently collected over the last 28 years. So far we've recorded 161 bird species for this highly urban field station!

Customized identification guides

Checklists with images, maps, and links

Albums of site participants

More information

Photograph by Natural History Museum of LA County
Mimus polyglottos
Northern Mockingbird


  • Lila Higgins, Natural History Musuem Los Angeles County -- lhiggins@nhm.org
  • Dr. Brian Brown, Curator, Natural History Museum Los Angeles County -- bbrown@nhm.org -- 213-763-3364
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 19 October, 2010
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