Face masks are required in all City of Los Angeles facilities, including libraries.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

NeiSci - DIY Kits

Be a Neighborhood Scientist. Go solo and borrow one of our DIY kits from a participating library. Please call before visiting to confirm availability.

Participating Locations

DIY Science Kits

kids participating in a mosquito habitat class at the library

Mosquitoes are a problem! Contribute to the health of your community by finding and reporting potential mosquito breeding habitats around your home and neighborhood.

photo of the City of Los Angeles at night

Our city lights up at night, which is not good for the environment. Help scientists study the impact of “light pollution” on the climate, animal migration, our health, and more.

kids participating in a cloud identification class outside the library

Scientists study clouds to understand the earth’s weather and climate. Satellites see only the tops of clouds, so scientists need you to tell them what the clouds look like from underneath.

a kid participating in a biometry class outside the library

A healthy ecosystem has lots of different kinds of plants and animals. Share photos and information about the species living in your community with scientists around the world.

teens participating in a water transparency exercise by the LA River

Lots of different things affect water quality. Collect and share information on the pH, electrical conductivity, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and temperature of nearby rivers, ponds, and tap water to help scientists understand how climate change and water quality are linked.

Monitoring air quality in your neighborhood identifies areas where pollution is a problem and helps researchers find solutions.

Are you an educator?

  • Ask a librarian at a participating library how to bring these kits to your classroom.
  • Print the Neighborhood Science Toolkit. This kit includes sample library programs for kids and teens plus ideas, resources, and tips on offering Neighborhood Science activities in libraries, schools, and organizations.