The first time I ever went to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, I was about 5 or 6 years old. Growing up in Los Angeles meant that one of your first field trips was to see the Mammal Halls at the NHM or check out the Science Center, followed by a walk in the rose garden and a lunch picnic on the grass in front of the museum.
It’s one of my most fond memories and one that, now my daughter is of school age, I share with my daughter. She’s already been a few times, both with us and with her class. I love the NHM because no matter how often you go, there is always something new to discover.
A couple weeks ago, we took Sofia and her best friend out to explore NHM’s Nature Gardens. The girls were all a flutter over what they may see and discover.
The first thing they discovered were the plants and flowers. We had fun walking through and trying to learn each plant’s name, but there were just so many! We’ve promised to come back and try to memorize them all.
As we walked, we found a small pond area, which we discovered was made for dragonflies and to act as a bird bath. Though we didn’t see either, we took a little break and enjoyed the shade and cool air surrounding the pond. The girls were pretty adamant on seeing what was in the pond and they were able to place their hands in…which is a lot of fun for kids to do in a museum like this.
We found a really fun section near the end of the walk called the “edible garden.” With a name like that, who wouldn’t want to check it out?
Growing in the garden where things like artichokes, apples and fresh herbs.
We read about the watering system and the girls got a small look at the relationships between pollinators and our food. See, learn something new each time!
There were also areas where you can get your hands in the dirt as well as some interesting bugs moseying around.
It was great to see so much of nature, right in the middle of our city. I’m a city girl for sure, but I loved strolling through the Nature Gardens and seeing nature at work. My daughter and her friend thought it was super fun. We even played some of the scavenger hunt that we found at http://www.nhm.org/nature. The NHM and its Nature Gardens are a must do for anyone traveling to or living near the Los Angeles area. We can’t wait to go back and see what other life is growing this summer.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural History Museum via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.