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Curator’s Cupboards

These special weekend events are your chance to meet members of our curatorial team, ask your own questions, and get a first-hand, up-close look at many amazing curiosities of our collections.
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Do You Want To Start Your Own Veggie Garden?

NHM's master gardner Florence Nishida explains why we should start our own healthy vegetable garden at home. Fall gardening classes start soon, part of our new and expanded Workshops program! 
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From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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NHM workshops provide you with hands-on experiences and relevant skills. Enjoy your time at the Museum in our beautiful new garden spaces while also learning something new!


Tufa Planters Workshop Saturday, May 30, 1-3 pm

This workshop is sold out. 


Mole Workshop Sunday, June 14, 10 am-12 pm

Moles are complex pastes or sauces that combine chiles, herbs, and spices along with a host of other ingredients such as chocolate, fruits, nuts, and more. Many regions in Mexico have their unique moles, including mole poblano from Puebla and the seven famous (or more) moles from Oaxaca. Roll up your sleeves with the team from Chichen Itza Restaurant as they reveal the secrets of making moles. 

INSTRUCTOR: Gilberto Cetina
COST: Members $20 | Non-members $23

REGISTRATION click online here or over the phone at 213.763.3499.

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Intro to Gardening Classes Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 1-4:30pm

Create your own edible garden for fresh organic produce by learning how to: 

1. Create good soil out of your current one
2. What, how, and when to plant
3. How much and how often to add compost and water
4. Manage insect pests and encourage "good bugs"
5. Increase your yield and add variety

INSTRUCTOR: UCCE Master Gardener Florence Nishida

COST:* Members: $100 |  Non-members: $120

*A discounted price of $80 is available for residents living in the following zip codes: 90006, 90007, 90008, 90015, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90062, 90089. Discounts are limited and given out on a first-come-first-served basis. To see if you qualify and whether discounts are still available please call 213.763.3499. 

WHERE: Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden at NHM

Online registration click HERE. For further information, including discount availability and eligibility, please call us at 213.763.3499.