La Brea Tar Pits museum will remain closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open and visitors can currently see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly.  See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Teen Program Connected

Teens helping out in the Fossil Lab as part of La Brea Tar Pits Teen Program

Tar Pits Teen Program Connected 

Over the past five months, our 2019-2020 Teen Program cohort worked behind-the-scenes with expert staff from La Brea Tar Pits (LBTP) to explore the scientific work done at the Tar Pits and the stories of the past that this research has revealed. We've asked the teen programmers to help you stay connected to the Tar Pits while our doors are closed! 

Follow the La Brea Tar Pits Teen Program Social Media Take Over! 

Teen programers will share dance challenges, personality quizzes, and answer questions from May 29–31.

You can find us on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Teen Program Interviews and Activities

Videos

Teen Program Interview with Fossil Preparator Connie Clarke

Teen Program members T.J. and Maya talk with Connie Clarke, a fossil preparator from the La Brea Tar Pits. Keep listening to find out what goes into the process of sorting and cleaning fossils in the Fossil Lab itself.

Teen Program Interview with Researcher Fellow Libby Ellwood

Teen Program members Helen and Tom interview Libby Elwood from the La Brea Tar Pits research team. From reconstructing skeletons to displaying fossils, find out more behind the scenes techniques and stories. Hear about a researcher’s experience working at the Tar Pits.

Activities

Bring the Ice Age animals back to Los Angeles by making your own Ice Age scene or tar pits display!
Ice Age Scene Slide 1

Teen Programmer Jaden

A Columbian mammoth grazed on grass right by the La Brea Tar Pits over 10,000 years ago! Make your own grazing giant and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Ice Age Scene Slide 2

Teen Programmer Jaden

A mammoth walks into an asphalt seep just outside where the La Brea Tar Pits museum stands, sealing his fate once and for all. Make your own mammoth and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Ice Age Scene Slide 3

Teen Programmer Jaden

A Columbian mammoth eats the vegetation by a cliff near the La Brea Tar Pits. Make your own mammoth and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Ice Age Scene Slide 4

Teen Programmer Jaden

Two mammoths walk together, close to their herd in Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. Make your own Ice Age animal scene and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Ice Age Scene Slide 5

Teen Programmer Jaden

Each one of these Dire wolf skulls was found right in LA at the La Brea Tar Pits! Make your own Tar Pits display and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

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A Columbian mammoth grazed on grass right by the La Brea Tar Pits over 10,000 years ago! Make your own grazing giant and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Teen Programmer Jaden

A mammoth walks into an asphalt seep just outside where the La Brea Tar Pits museum stands, sealing his fate once and for all. Make your own mammoth and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Teen Programmer Jaden

A Columbian mammoth eats the vegetation by a cliff near the La Brea Tar Pits. Make your own mammoth and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Teen Programmer Jaden

Two mammoths walk together, close to their herd in Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. Make your own Ice Age animal scene and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Teen Programmer Jaden

Each one of these Dire wolf skulls was found right in LA at the La Brea Tar Pits! Make your own Tar Pits display and share it on Instagram with #dioramachallenge!

Teen Programmer Jaden

Make your own Tar Pits slime!
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Teen Programmer Violet

Though “La Brea” means “the tar,” and we’re known as the Tar Pits, what we have here is asphalt: the lowest grade of crude oil. Tar is made by humans by distilling materials like coal or peat. We have asphalt here because of Southern California’s unique geology. Over many centuries, asphalt preserved the fossils of thousands of specimens, as small as seeds and as big as mammoths

Tar Pits Slide Image 1

Teen Programmer Violet

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Teen Programmer Violet

Tar Pits Slide Image 5

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Teen Programmer Violet

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Though “La Brea” means “the tar,” and we’re known as the Tar Pits, what we have here is asphalt: the lowest grade of crude oil. Tar is made by humans by distilling materials like coal or peat. We have asphalt here because of Southern California’s unique geology. Over many centuries, asphalt preserved the fossils of thousands of specimens, as small as seeds and as big as mammoths

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Teen Programmer Violet

Please check back in September 2020 if you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 Teen Program. 

The team of science-interested teens will meet at LBTP twice a month (one Tuesday evening and one weekend day) from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 to support each other in advancing their knowledge and interest in the skills that go behind research at LBTP. 

With this program, we aim to provide our participants with a positive and supportive network to explore their interests in the natural world, and an experience that stands out on future job and college applications.