Second Nature | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Second Nature

Second Nature programming basks in nature, curiosity, and food!  Formerly known as Sustainable Sundays, these talks and workshops tap into the exciting potential that NHM's new gardens offer. Are you craving urban survival skills? Want to know what some of those cool urban trees are called? Curious about pickling your own cucumbers?

We welcome you -- urban naturalist, foodie, master gardener, DIY tinkerer, and all around fun seeker!

 

Upcoming Events:

In celebration of our travelling exhbitit, Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art we are going to kick off the spring 2015 season with tasty workshops on tamales, tortillas, chocolate, and paper-mache making. 

Mama’s Hot Tamales Saturday, January 17, 1-3 pm

Join Mama as she takes you through the steps of making a homemade tamales! Award winning tamale maker, Sandi “Mama” Romero of Mama’s Hot Tamales will be speaking on the history and cultural traditions of Tamales throughout Latin America. Get ready to roll up your sleeves since this is a hands on workshop! You’ll head home with her family recipe as well as cooking instructions.

COST: Members $20, Non-members $23

REGISTRATION will begin in November.

Tortillas and the History of Corn Sunday: February 22, 1-3 pm

Learn about the rich history of corn in Mexico as we make tortillas with fresh masa and try our hand at the nixtamal process.  We’ll explore the technique and enjoy delicious sampling of tacos unique to the Yucatan such as Cochinita Pibil and Salpicon de Pavo in addition to more examples from other regions of Mexico.

INSTRUCTOR: Chef Gilberto Cetina from Chichen Itza

COST: Members $20, Non-members $23

REGISTRATION will begin in November.

Mask Making with Paper Mache Sunday, March 29, 1-4 pm

Explore the ancient art of paper mache mask making. Over the centuries paper mache masks have been used by a variety of cultures for occasions such as dance traditions, ceremonies, festivals, and theater. Drawing from the Museum's Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art exhibit, get inspired and join us to create your very own handcrafted mask to take home. 

COST: Members $15, Non-members $20

REGISTRATION will begin in November. 

Transformation of the Cacao Bean Saturday, April 18, 1-3 pm

Explore the cacao glyph from the classic to post-classic eras of Maya civilization! In this hands-on workshop we will learn how the cacao bean transforms into a chocolate beverage as well as into a finished bar. See and learn how to roast and de-shell the beans to get nibs. We will then take these cacao nibs and stone grind them on a metate and mano.  With the finished product we will also delve into the flavorful spices that are used to create traditional drinking chocolate with chilies and cacao.

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia Tsai from ChocoVivo

COST: Members: $20 Nonmembers: $23

REGISTRATION will begin in November