nature gardens
LA Natural History Museum
Los Angeles, CA • opened 2013

The Nature Gardens are 3.5 acres of urban wilderness where visitors can engage with nature, learn about and participate in real scientific activities.

A variety of habitats throughout the Nature Gardens allow exploration of the many plant and animal species that live locally in Los Angeles. In addition, specific interactive areas encourage visitors to look closer by digging in the dirt and changing their physical perspective.

Some interactive objects are designed to take an idea in nature and abstract that experience into an engaging and physical form. Other pieces are designed to provide a transformative experience with nature, one that can only be had at the Museum.

2013 Cooper-Hewitt People’s Design Award - Nominee

2012 ASLA Merit Award for Institutional Design