Second Nature | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

We invite you and your family to take part in this stimulating series, bringing together Museum exhibits and workshop experts.

Butterfly Pavilion

Mar 19 – Sept 4, 2017

Step into our butterfly wonderland to witness over 30 species flying all around you.

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First Fridays

Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5 & Jun 9

Join us for this season of First Fridays where we are "Serving Up Science: The Dish On Food," live music, tours, cocktails, and more.

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Second Nature

NHMLA’s spring 2017 Second Nature workshop series will explore fermentation via three individual classes. These workshops are fun, hands-on opportunities to learn something new. Something that will soon be second nature to you!

The Museum welcomes you – urban naturalist, foodie, master gardener, DIY tinkerer, and all-around fun-seeker! 




Kosher Dill Pickles! |  June 1, 6 - 8 pm

There is no pickle like a crisp, refreshing, classic kosher dill pickle. Learn the art, science, and history of the king of pickles in this hands-on workshop, where you will take home a jar filled with fermenting cucumbers. This class will teach you everything you ever wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about this ancient craft, taught with humor and more than a decade of experience.  

Instructor: Ernest Miller is a chef, historian, educator, consultant, and speaker who teaches classes in museums, schools, and kitchens throughout Southern California. He is the co-leader of Slow Food Los Angeles, on the speakers’ bureau for the Culinary Historians of Southern California, Lecturer for the National Food and Beverage Foundation, Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, director of Slow Food Preservers of Los Angeles County, and founder of RLM Provisions LLC.

Cost: $20 for Members and $23 for Non-members
You can register online here to reserve your spot!


Bonsai |  Tuesday, July 25 6 - 8:30 pm REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

The ancient art of bonsai (to artificially shape miniature trees) originated in China many centuries ago. Today you can join millions of hobbyists across the globe! Bonsai expert Robert Pressler will unveil the enchanting history of bonsai after which he will walk you through the creation and maintenance of you own miniature tree to take home.
The following topics will be covered:
The origins and history of bonsai
Different styles and designs of trees including how to shape a tree
Sources of raw material which can be used to make bonsai trees
Tree maintenance including watering and repotting

Instructor Robert Pressler
Robert Pressler is the owner of Kimura Bonsai and Landscape Nursery (www.http//kimurabonsainursery) and member of the California Bonsai Society, and Nampu Kai. Much of his bonsai collection is on display at the nursery where he teaches monthly classes.

Succulent Wall Gardens |  Tuesday, August 22 6 - 8 pm REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

Create your very own botanical masterpiece! Drought tolerant and colorful, succulents are some of nature's most elegant and exotic plants. They originate from arid regions including Africa, South and Central America, and even the European Alps. There are hundreds of succulent varieties that have made L.A. their oh-so-stylish home.
Gardening expert Valerie Jurado will demonstrate how to assemble, plant, and maintain an Outdoor Vertical Wall Garden with succulents. You'll be provided with a premade 16x10 wood frame, aluminum screen, paint, and all the tools you need, as well as care instructions and tips to maintain your living work of art.

Instructor Valerie Jurado
Valerie Jurado is the designer and owner of Valerie Jurado Botanical Design in Highland Park. Her team provides floral services for corporate accounts, events, and weddings.

Holiday Wreaths |  Tuesday, November 14, 6 - 8 pm REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!

Make your own festive door decoration!
Celebrate the season and assemble a holiday wreath -- a perfect addition to any door, fireplace, or wall. You’ll be provided with everything you need to construct the most wonderful decoration: dried botanicals, fresh aromatics, and a wide assortment of special embellishments.

Whether you’re a crafting pro or glue gun novice, our helpful instructors will make it easy to create your festive holiday decor, and along the way you’ll learn about different traditions and cultural perspectives surrounding wreaths from around the world.

Instructor Leigh Adams
Leigh Adams is the artist in Residence at the L.A. County Arboretum and New Horizon School, bilingual art teacher for 30 years in a multitude of Southern California schools, environmental educator, activist and designer of water harvesting gardens. She is the recipient of a United Nations Global Citizen award and the proud grandmother of young scientists!