Los Angeles skyline
Brian Keith Lorraine

L.A. Zone

What do we do with all our garbage? Where do we get our water? Our energy? How do wild animals get by in urban settings? Become an urban ecologist and investigate the ecological rules governing the mix of natural and man-made environments that make up the Los Angeles area.

Exhibit Highlights

  • Map of Los Angeles Basin

    L.A. Wall Map

    Pinpoint important locations related to issues of wildlife, energy, waste and water on an oversized map of the Los Angeles area.

  • Letting it Sink in exhibit

    Letting it Sink In

    Make rain beads fall over two different landscapes. By tracing the course of the beads, you'll see how urban areas can be designed to absorb more water and limit runoff.

  • Bobcat tilt table exhibit

    Bobcat Tilt Table

    Help a “bobcat” cross an urban maze complete with habitat corridors and traps, and discover the challenges animals face in and around cities.

  • Hazy skies over Santa Monica Airport

    Hazy Skies

    Manipulate a city’s land-use decisions, modes of transportation and environmental factors in this computer game to see the impact such elements have on air quality.

  • Landfill Finds exhibit

    Landfill Finds

    Take a look at the amount of garbage we all throw away, and find out what happens to it once it leaves our hands.