No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without seeing stars, visiting with some SoCal natives and letting things get a little wild. Join this tour to explore the amazing discoveries and beauty of the Griffith Observatory, learn about Los Angeles’ famous mountain lion P-22, and spend some time with the native plants at Descanso Gardens.
The tour will begin at the Griffith Observatory—instantly recognizable from movies like La La Land and Rebel without a Cause—where Observatory Director, Dr. E.C. Krupp, will guide a tour of the grounds, discuss the discoveries made at the Observatory, and talk about its rich history. We will also get a fantastic view of the Hollywood sign. We will reboard the bus for a drive through Griffith Park during which we will learn about one of LA's most famous residents—P-22. Miguel Ordenana, Citizen Science Coordinator and Wildlife Biologist at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and member of the Friends of Griffith Park Board, will lead the talk about P-22, who captivated Southern Californians and led to an effort to save local mountain lions.
We will then head to Descanso Gardens, a 160-acre botanical garden, where we will have lunch in the Rose Garden and take a tour of the new habitat garden. Led by Rachel Young, Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations, the tour will focus on the creation of the new habitat garden that is part of an important change in the way Descanso is thinking about its place in nature. The project includes five habitat gardens including sunny areas designed to attract pollinators and birds, and the Lakeside Lookout, which has been refurbished and redesigned so that visitors can better observe the birds.
Lunch will be provided on this tour.