When visiting the Science Center, your science exploration begins as soon as you arrive. Surrounding the parking structure, you'll find gardens and exhibits that invite you to take a closer look at the ecosystems found around Southern California.
Desert plants have adaptations that help them live without much water. Many are adapted to survive desert heat too. Explore the desert areas of the garden to discover their amazing adaptations!
When people move into cities, they often bring plants with them. Find out how people change a landscape, but can also make choices to use native plants in gardens to help preserve California's amazing biodiversity.
Learn about these special plant community that surround Los Angeles, and discover how plants and animals in the shrublands have special adaptations that help them survive—and even thrive—after fire.
Grasslands aren't just grass. They hold a huge diversity of plant species and provide homes for lots of animals too.
Find out how oak trees and acorns provide food and shelter for lots of animals, and yet still manage to grow new generations.
Forests support layers of life, from the nutrient-absorbing roots of trees up to their leafy canopies. Plants that need less light thrive in the trees' shade. Forests make good homes for animals and fungi too.
Our garden has some very special residents—western fence lizards! See if you can spot one on your next visit!
Get some tips on how to discover what kinds of animals and plants are around you on your next hike.
Examine a totally unique 'bird that roosts in the garden—the A-12 Blackbird trainer, the only one of its kind in the world.