Programming | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum



THURSDAYS | October 4 and 18, and November 1

All plants and animals, including humans, move during their lifetimes, but some take truly harrowing or magnificent journeys to new lands and habitats. This Fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will join the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to produce a three-night conversation between the people of Los Angeles and the leading experts on migration. Looking across species and time, we strip away politics and nation-state boundaries to discover the causes and outcomes of migration for all life forms.

COST: FREE - Reservation Required

October 4 | It’s Time to Leave, The Causes of Migration
For many species, migration is a question of when, not if. Sometimes it is the result of fresh opportunities in unfamiliar terrain. Other times it is driven by external forces, natural and unnatural. From floods and fires to developing societies — tonight we will get to the root causes of migration.

October 18 | A New Home, The Effects of Migration
What happened after humans crossed from Asia and arrived in North America? Do non-native species like Eucalyptus trees, wild boars, and Argentine ants blend in or wreak havoc? Plants, animals, and people have always traveled the globe; the intermingling of minds and molecules has changed landscapes and culture throughout history, and it changes our world today. Tonight we’ll take a closer look at what happens when new species show up on the scene.

November 1 | Los Angeles, A Migration Haven
The city of Los Angeles was established with incredible diversity, and today is considered a haven to species from around the world. While negative impacts have come along with some of these new residents, immigrants have also helped the city become a hub for innovation, art, and community success. Join us as we look deeper into the causes and outcomes of migration in L.A.

6 pm – Doors open
7 pm – Conversation
8:30 pm – Program concludes

Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For Museum programs that are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a full program, your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early because seating is limited. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at approximately 6:30 pm.

Get to know our speakers HERE!


Teen Program

The La Brea Tar Pits invites curious and motivated teens to join us for our Teen Program's debut season! As part of the first cohort, ten 13-16 year olds will work behind-the-scenes with expert staff from the La Brea Tar Pits to explore the stories of the Tar Pits, and create a free "teen-only" event in celebration of the what they discover. With this program, we aim to provide our participants with a positive and supportive network to explore their interests in the natural world, and an experience that stands out on future job and college applications. The program season will run from November 2018 to March 2019 with meetings every two weeks. 

Applications will be available starting Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9 am and we will continue accepting applications until Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5 pm. Instructions for submitting the application will be included with the application. Click here to learn more!



Ice Age Encounters

Have an Ice Age Encounter when a snarling, prowling saber-toothed cat makes a special appearance at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. This jaw-dropping adult Smilodon fatalis will take you back to a time when big cats roamed the land we now call Los Angeles. Bring your camera. You won’t believe your eyes! Learn more about Ice Age Encounters programs here and the amazing team that makes it all possible here.

Fridays at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and 12 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.

Tickets: $5 Adults, Seniors, and Youth. Children 2 and under FREE, members FREE. Please buy tickets in advance. Seating is limited.



Adventures in Nature Day Camp

Thank you to all of the families that joined us for the summer of 2018. Check back in the fall for information about our seasonal winter and spring camps! 

Adventures in Nature is a day camp offered every summer and seasonally throughout the school year at both the La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum. Children in grades K through 8 have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Museum topics — Earth's features, creatures, and cultures from around the globe. Enroll your children in our hands-on, interactive classes and they will learn about fascinating topics through active encounters that spark children's natural curiosity and creativity.