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Obscura Society LA: Los Angeles River Adventure

Hop from Frogtown to Mallard Mound

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon and L.A. River expert Lila Higgins as we explore the hidden wonders of the L.A. River—from pocket parks and a secret love-lock bridge to Leo Limon’s graffiti river cats and hidden heron murals.

Bound in concrete, it is easy to understand how many people disregard the L.A. River and shrug it off. But despite harsh judgments, the river is brimming with plant-life and critters galore, not to mention fascinating history. During this tour, we'll learn about the river’s tumultuous past, talk about changes in the community, and explore issues facing the people and wildlife that call the river home. In a constantly evolving city like L.A., what does the future hold for this amazing body of water?

Hailing from the British countryside, Lila Higgins has found a home away from home at the LA River. A self described nature nerd, bug geek, and citizen science advocate, Lila is dedicated to exploring, preserving, and sharing the natural wonders of Los Angeles. Lila is a Program Coordinator and Artist at Play the L.A. River and Citizen Science Manager and Science Communicator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Notes for this adventure:

This event is family friendly, ages 10+

This walk is approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes with firm gripping soles (we will be going down river embankments). High heels, sandals, and flip flops are not allowed.

Bringing drinking water and wearing sun protection is strongly encouraged!

A liability waiver is required for this event. 

Exact meet-up location, directions and parking information will be emailed closer to the event.

Advance ticket sales only. All sales are final.