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.
Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on FlickrFollow us on YouTubeFollow us on PinterestFollow us on Instagram

First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!

Citizen Science and Cocktails

When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Citizen Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their citizen science projects.
Learn More >

New Exhibits Open!

L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
Learn More


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 temporary exhibition, Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, we are going to kick off the spring and summer 2015 season with tasty workshops on tamales, tortillas, chocolate, and paper mache making. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

SOLD OUT! Chocolate Workshop with ChocoVivo August 1 from 10 am - 12 pm

Chocolate: Transformation of the Cacao Bean using New and Old World Methods & Deciphering the Cacao Glyph  

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 Non-members: $23



Sponsored by