Bracing for scarcity

L.A. Natural History Museum's "Just Add Water" series looks at the need for landscape reform in California. Hosted by UCLA's Jon Christensen, panelists include native plant expert Carol Bornstein, landscape designer Pamela Berstler and environment reporter Emily Green

A day at the museum

A 3.5 nature park will open around the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in June 2013.

From turf to teaching campus

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County today unveiled plans to convert former lawn into a 3.5 acre living wilderness exhibit. According to the press release, eleven thematic zones—Urban Edge, Transition Garden, Car Park, Living Wall, Entrance Plaza, Urban Wilderness, Pollinator Garden, Shadow Garden, Get Dirty Zone, Home Garden and 1913 Garden—will be interwoven with landscape features such as a pond and dry creek, groves of trees, and walking paths. Click here for more information on the gardens, which are expected to open next year.

The pond is one of the North Campus’ centerpieces, where visitors and school groups can engage in living habitat filled with animals ranging from Western Pond Turtles to dragonflies. Rendering by Mia Lehrer + Associates. Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Arachnophiles, rejoice

EVERY fall, the Butterfly Pavilion of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County metamorphoses into the Spider Pavilion. It happened this Sunday. Arachnophiles, rejoice. The Spider Pavilion is officially open. For details, click here. For help identifying the authors of the autumn webs now in most eaves and trees, click here.

This post has been updated. The headline has been changed to reflect this spider lover’s glee.

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