L.A. County Library has received a $20,000 grant from Edison International to develop a new virtual Nature Exploration series about the wonders of the natural world – from what we can discover in backyards to what can be learned from scientists and environmental studies professionals.
The series of live virtual events on Webex will launch in May and run throughout the summer. From gardening basics to nature-related career paths, tweens and teens can stay connected to nature virtually with exploratory content offerings. Many programs feature partner presenters like the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
In addition to the virtual programs, later this summer the library will be offering new Nature Exploration Bags for checkout at five library locations: City Terrace, Compton, Quartz Hill, San Fernando and South Whittier. Developed in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the bags include scientists’ tools like a magnifying glass and specimen jars and a field guide of tips and tricks to help people discover animals and plants wherever they are. Bags will be able to be borrowed for three weeks, just like a book.
“Edison’s grant gives young people a wonderful opportunity for urban adventuring – with both live virtual programs and Nature Exploration Bags you can check out, just like a library book,” said Andrea Carroll, executive director of L.A. County Library Foundation. “Our hope is that our Nature Exploration series will ignite participants’ curiosity.”
To register, visit LACountyLibrary.org/Nature-Exploration.
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