Spring Into Nature

By Michael Berick

Outdoor Events in Los Angeles

Learning how to improve our planet’s health is fun at the L.A. Environmental Education Fair. PHOTO BY ADAM THOMAS

Celebrate the arrival of spring this month by celebrating the explosion of nature’s beauty that comes with it.  

Learn about the wildlife living in urban L.A. at the Los Angeles Nature Fest taking place from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17-18 at the Natural History Museum (www.nhm.org/naturefest). You can meet an opossum, observe a rattlesnake or look for birds, make some nature crafts and ask museum scientists and nature experts some questions. Admission: $12 adults, $9 students $5 children. 

Kids can make something mucky at the Kidspace Mobile Mud unit, encounter wild reptiles at the Reptacular show and make music with the Just Kidding Music Group and Rumbling Rhythms Drum Circle during the L.A. Environmental Education Fair. Find the fun at the L.A. County Arboretum from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10. The fair’s mission is to promote environmental awareness and inspire sustainable living, so plenty of local organizations will also be on hand with interactive presentations and educational displays. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for ages 5-12, and you can learn more at www.arboretum.org. 

Spring is a lovely time to visit the South Coast Botanic Garden (www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org), and the Cherry Blossom Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3 is a lovely spring day to choose for your visit. The festival salutes Japanese culture with origami and carp-kite making workshops and bento box lunches for sale. Families also can go on a self-guided scavenger hunt and take in live performances from the Kitsune Taiko drum group and Hula Halau ‘O Hoanui dancers. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for ages 5-12. 

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