Second Nature | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

We invite you and your family to take part in this stimulating monthly series, bringing together Museum scientists, outside presenters, and visitors.
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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:

Art of Tea Sunday, December 13 | 2 - 4 pm

Take a walk through the history of tea, one of the oldest and most-consumed beverages.  Steve Schwartz, founder of Art of Tea, will discuss in the Museum's Home Garden teas, botanicals, and blending practices. Explore with him how you can take herbs and plants from nature to craft delicious tea blends that help to nourish the body and soul. You will see some of these plants growing in the garden, experience what they feel like after drying, and have an opportunity to blend and taste your own signature tea. 
Steve Schwartz
Master Tea Blender and
Founder and CEO of Art of Tea
Ayurvedic medicine
Cost: Members: $20 |  Nonmembers: $23
ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE. To register over the phone please call 213.763.3499.

Save Your Water! Sunday, December 13 | 9am - noon

Drought?! El Nino?! No matter what’s in store, learn how to maintain a water-wise landscape. L.A. is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, however a torrent of rain is promised with the arrival of an El Nino weather system. So what do these contradictions mean for our yards? How do we preserve the water we have, no matter how much or how little? In this workshop, learn how to maintain a water-wise landscape that relies on household greywater and rainwater instead of the tap. You will learn the basics of sustainable technologies, bioswales, plus you'll have a chance to roll up your sleeves and build a greywater system in the Museum's Nature Garden. 

COST: Members $15 | Nonmembers $17
ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE. To register over the phone please call 213.763.3499.

The Juicy Story of Citrus  January 10 | 1 pm - 4 pm

Trace the history of citrus: from its Asian origins as a delicacy savored on special occasions, to an ornamental masterpiece in European Renaissance gardens, to the center of a booming Southern California citrus industry. Peel back the years as we focus on the history of SoCal citrus. Participants will prepare salads using various types of citrus, and then of course, grab a fork and dig in!  
INSTRUCTORr: Maite Gomez-Rejon |
COST: Members: $28 | Nonmembers: $30
REGISTER ONLINE HERE. For questions and to register over the phone please call 213.763.3499.