Community & Green Trends

NATURE TAKES OVER

An Allen’s Hummingbird in North Campus. Photo by Kimball Garrett, courtesy of NHM.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is launching an ambitious new project, a “new urban nature experience” in the heart of Los

One of the hundreds of succulents planted in the North Campus
Photo by Tim Hale, courtesy of NHM.

Angeles. The project will be completed in 2013, and they have now planted the seeds that will fill the urban garden and critter experiment. It will be very interesting to see how nature responds in the heart of urban Los Angeles. The destination currently has two gardens open to the public at varying times for specialized urban gardening demonstrations. When North Campus is completed it will feature a new glass entrance dubbed the Otis Booth Pavilion, and a glassed in pedestrian walkway leading to the gardens. The 3 ½-acre

North Campus includes the currently open Home Garden and 1913 Garden. The select team of scientists and designers who are aiming to teach the Los Angeles community about urban gardening, are also eager to see what happens when we allow nature to take it’s course in an urban setting. The group is looking forward to seeing which plants and animals flourish in the setting. The scientists will offer sessions for kids to come in and learn about gardening. There will be a pond, offering an aquatic urban habitat for turtles, lizards and dragonflies. The Urban Edge, which spans the Museum’s perimeter on Exposition Boulevard, is where nature begins to interface with the Los Angeles streetscape. North Campus opens next summer, but this summer you can watch the development by attending Sustainable Sundays, which consists of lessons in sustainable living at Home Garden and 1913 Garden. Check out the schedule online and enjoy a greener Los Angeles.

“Trust me, after you’ve been in the North Campus and Nature Lab, you’ll see L.A. nature through new eyes — from the window of an apartment to a schoolyard, from the beach to the mountains, from a city park to your own backyard. You’ll see more of the wildlife that is all around us. ”

– Dr. Karen Wise,
VP of Education and Exhibits

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