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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!


Mask Making Workshop Sunday, March 29, 1-4 pm

This workshop is sold out. 

Cacao Workshop Saturday, April 18, 1-3 pm

This workshop is sold out. 

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

Hypertufa is a fun process for creating "instant antiques." The finished planters will have the look of weathered, hand carved stone. Come and learn the basics of this easy, do-it-yourself project. Everyone in attendance will take home a bowl or small trough that they have created. Once you master the technique of making a hypertufa planter, the possibilities to express your own creativity with larger and more complex projects will be a snap. 

INSTRUCTOR: Steven Gerischer
COST: Members $20 | Non-members $23

REGISTRATION click online here or over the phone at 213.763.3499.

Mole Workshop Sunday, June 14, 1-3pm

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 will begin in mid April. Stay tuned for the online link! 

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