Flutter by NHMLA's LA Nature Fest

Hobnob with some of the urban-wild critters that live among us, over two activity-fun days.

What to Know

  • Natural History Museum of LA
  • March 16 and 17
  • Free with paid museum admission: $15 adult, $7 child (3-12)

We know: It's pretty impossible to pull yourself out of the beautiful butterfly loop you currently occupy.

And we wouldn't want you to, just yet, for a lot is happening on the Painted Lady front, still, and Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is opening, too.

But here's the full story, on the local nature scene: Many critters, including beasties of the air, the trees, the ground, and beneath the ground, live among us, right here in our oh-so-urban, ever-robust mondo megalopolis. 

To celebrate these furry, scaly, feathery superstars properly, the Natural History Museum throws a weekend-long party each year, all to give the love to the non-people-y beings who also call Southern California home.

It's an wild-urban shindig known as LA Nature Fest, and it will flutter, hiss, slink, and coo on both Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at the Exposition Park museum.

On the shindig's stuff-packed plate?

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Chances to "(m)eet live animals," including a falcon and an owl, so so cool. So, so, SO cool, we mean. You can never "so" enough when it comes to falcons and owls, fact.

Also? You can build a bird house at the festival, chat with scientists, make nature crafts, watch a raptor flight, and, oh golly, join "SpongeBob" characters on a step-and-repeat for a splashy photo.

All of this? All free to participate in, once you pay your museum admission. A ticket for an adult is $15, while young nature enthusiasts get in for $7 (ages 3 to 12).

We're in a swirl of butterfly bliss at the moment, but we share a vibrant home with so many different animals. For while our environs may seem fully citified, at times, there are big cats in our mountains, wee squirrels in our oaks, and birds that alight on our rooftops.

And they all tell a different, wildly wonderful tale.

Thank goodness we have such amazing nature-cool neighbors, yes? Time to throw them a party, at NHMLA.

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