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Visit our newest exhibit gallery!

Free Admission!

In our world, everything is connected. Plants, animals, people, weather, water, soil—all are part of a delicate balance. Living things can change their environments—and through a process called adaptation, environments can even change living things! With a visit to Ecosystems, discover amazing environments from the familiar to the fantastic, and find out how the physical and living worlds affect--and in some ways, define—each other. Investigate the gallery's eight Zones, each of which explores a different ecological principle:

Extreme Zone

Peer into some of the world's harshest environments—deserts, poles, the rocky shore and deep-sea vents—and see how life adapts to survive.

Forest Zone

Explore the kelp forest to learn about the wide variety of life forms in an ecosystem, where the diversity comes from, and why it's important.

River Zone

Get splashed and sandy while you investigate the ways flowing fluids carry energy and materials from place to place.

Island Zone

Find out how isolation reveals the processes of evolution and adaptation.

Rot Room

See how rotting animals and plants help make the soil ready to support new life.

Global Zone

Discover the ways living and physical ecosystems interact on a global scale, and find out how Earth itself is one huge ecosystem.

L.A. Zone

Learn about the challenges faced by urban ecosystems when it comes to water, waste, energy and wildlife.

Family Discovery Room

Explore how our homes are habitats, providing us—as well as pets and pests—with food, water and shelter.

Kelp Forest Restoration

Learn about the Science Center's efforts to restore kelp forests off our coast.

Conversations with the Curator

Learn about Dr. Chuck Kopczak's collection trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Collecting Pallid Bats in Texas

Read about our adventures in Texas.

Seafood Watch

Check out the Seafood Watch Cafe on the first floor of Ecosystems and learn how you can make choices for healthy oceans. And for more information, please visit the Seafood Watch Website.