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Learn & Explore

Our corner of the world is one of the most special places on the planet. We are here to help you explore it—through outdoor programs and events, opportunities to contribute to science, and online resources. Whether you’re outside, in a classroom, or the comfort of your own home, our goal is to bring you closer to nature in southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. Can’t get enough nature? See what else is happening—including talks, camps, and events—on our calendar.

Canyoneer Hikes

Explore by land. Participate in a free, guided hike with one of our Canyoneer naturalists, or check out their recommended trails that you can explore on your own. Learn more.

Whale Watching

Explore by sea. Go whale watching with the Museum Whalers, and enjoy interpretation and commentary on the sights you may encounter. Learn more.

Community Science

Explore for science. Year-round and seasonal projects invite people to work alongside scientists to help answer questions about the world. Discover wildlife, record what you see, and share. Learn more.

School Programs

Explore with your classroom. You can come to us (hello, field trip!), we can come to your school, or we can take your class outdoors for a nature walk. Learn more.

Distance Learning

Explore virtually. Whether you’re an educator, a parent or caretaker, or a lifelong learner, enjoy our live programs, virtual field trips, pre-recorded classes, and more. Learn more.

Learning Resources

Explore our resources. Visit our Learning Resources library to download free, grade-appropriate lesson plans and activities, or just get inspired. Learn more.

Nature to You Loan Library

Explore creatures great and small. Our Loan Program invites members to check out specimens and take them into classrooms, art studios, or home school settings. Learn more.

The Environmental Science Education Center (ESEC) is a comprehensive resource of programs that inspire understanding, respect, and responsible action for our environment. Through our many programs we are able to serve more than 160,000 people annually.