Teems of bluish and silvery fish--and one yellow and black one--swim over rocks encrusted with living organisms.
Chuck Kopczak, PhD

Celebrate California Biodiversity!

California Biodiversity Day is September 7

Celebrate the amazing biodiversity in California virtually with the California Science Center! Over millions of years, geology and climate have shaped California’s unique habitats and produced a rich variety of life. Many plants and animals here are found nowhere else, making California one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. Catch a glimpse of California biodiversity inside—and outside—the California Science Center. Explore the diverse kelp forest ecosystem off the California Coast with a dive into our Kelp Forest habitat, and discover biodiversity on land in our Roy A. Anderson Blackbird Exhibit and Garden.

We'll be exploring biodiversity all week, so check back often to find new activities!

Biodiversity Activities

  • A butterfly sits on a cluster of orange flowers

    Celebrate California Biodiversity with the California Science Center

    Join Dr. Chuck Kopczak in the California Science Center's Southern California Ecosystems Garden (officially known as the Roy A. Anderson Blackbird Exhibit and Garden) as we celebrate the incredible biodiversity of our region.

  • Sense Search BINGO

    Sense Bingo

    Use your five senses as you walk around the neighborhood to observe any animals you might see. Then cross off things on your Bingo sheet that you notice on your walk. How many things can you find?

  • Irregular shapes of pink, brown and gray make up the smooth bark of a California sycamore, shown here in a close-up.

    A Biodiversity Hotspot

    Find out about the amazing biodiversity in the special region of California called the California Floristic Province, home to over 2,000 plant species that originated that evolved nowhere else in the world but here.

  • A lizard head peeks up from behind what looks like a windowsill, and his little but long claws wrap around its edge.

    A Peek into Desert Diversity

    Check out some of the animals you might encounter in our local deserts here in California—or in habitats at the California Science Center!

  • A diverse collection of fish swim among fronds of giant kelp as a diver sets up a feeding target in the middle of the scene.

    Kelp Forest Diversity

    California's biodiversity doesn't stop at the ocean's edge. Under the waves, you'll find forests of giant kelp—some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the ocean.

Resources

Science: California Biodiversity Initiative
The State of California outlines the steps they are taking across the state to conserve California's rich biodiversity for future generations. They have extensive plans to protect plant, fish and wildlife species that are native to the region.

California Biodiversity Day 2020
The California Natural Resources agency has pulled together this great calendar of biodiversity events all over the state. You can also find fact sheets and other resources about California biodiversity.

iNaturalist California Biodiversity Day BioblitzJoin people all over California as they venture out this week—physically distanced, of course—to document living things wherever you find them. Enter in your observations so they can be counted!

California Floristic Province
Coastal California is a biodiversity hotspot, which means our region has abundant biodiversity—but it also means the biodiversity is under threat. This region—called the California Floristic Province—has a special abundance of native plants. Find out what species make our area special—and what threats are putting pressure on our unique ecosystems.

Hotspot: California on the Edge
This document from the National Park Service is a helpful resource for learning more about our biodiversity hotspot and how you can get involved to help protect it.

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Wanna learn more about California's biodiversity? We have great universities right here in L.A. that are great resources, not only for college students. They also offer information and events for the general public.