Monday, April 5, 2010

Sustainable Sundays: Good Eats at the Natural History Museum


This Month’s Installment Features Lessons from Master Gardeners, Tours of the Museum’s Demonstration Garden, and Activities with Local Green Food Groups

Sunday, April 11, 2010; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum continues its popular 2010 Sustainable Sundays series with a free, fun-filled day of interactive workshops and activities designed to teach about and inspire the creation of sustainable food sources.

Throughout the day, Museum visitors will get tips from the University of California’s Master Gardeners on how to grow organic food, and they’ll also learn to plant an herb of their own to take home. There will be tours of the Museum’s demonstration garden, and interactive booths from groups working locally to promote sustainable growing practices. The Museum’s performance artists will also give a garden-themed Hop, Slither, & Stalk presentation; and the Museum’s volunteers will host displays that explore soil health, water use, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), local and organic farming, and animal agricultural impacts.


Public Matters (

This group goes into urban areas known as “food deserts” and does market makeovers, greening liquor stores and strip malls. Its founders will discuss their work.


           Raw Inspiration ( 

           On hand with information on Los Angeles-area farmers markets.


           Children’s Nature Institute (

CNI is dedicated to providing young children with the opportunity to explore the natural world through hands-on, educational experiences. The group’s table will have a variety of activities.


           LA Conservation Corps (

Building a school garden this year at the Alexandria House shelter in Hancock Park and the Independent Elementary School in Brentwood, the LACC is working on a cradle-to-cradle approach to food growing, including use of composting and grey water. 


              Trash for Teaching (
              The group’s project this Sunday is “cool globes,” using all recycled materials.


Master Gardeners (
Under the auspices of the University of California, this group’s teachers impart lessons on sustainable gardens (including tips on invasive exotic plants and insect pests), feeding compost, maintaining healthy soil, and recycling. They also do demonstrations to teach about growing techniques, vermiculture, and plant transplants. They help underserved communities, specializing in the creation of gardens at schools and women’s shelters.

April 11 (1-4 pm) also marks the launch of the Museum’s partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program. In this four-workshop class, all of which take place on the Museum’s South Lawn, Master Gardener Florence Nishida teaches aspiring gardeners how to grow organic without pesticides or herbicides, create good soil, how much and how often to feed and water, how to start from seed, and how to transplant.

When: April 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 2010; 1-4 pm

Cost: $15 per workshop, $50 for all 4-class series, discounted to $10 per workshop, and 
$40 for the 4-class series for Museum neighbors in zip codes 90006, 90007, 90011, 90018.

Sustainable Sundays
are free with paid Museum attendance. There will be Master Gardeners on hand with demonstrations all day. The workshop is for paid attendees only. Registration for paid workshops at: (310) 455-2231, or


Sustainable Sundays returns this year for a second season to help Angelenos navigate the copious “green” information circulating in contemporary media, learn about the latest environmental research, and explore specific ways they can become active in community-minded conservation efforts. On each Sunday in the series, there are booths and representatives from local environmental groups in the Museum’s grand foyer throughout the day. There are also free family activities and performances.


Museum scientists, guest researchers, and environmental policy-makers appear regularly at conferences and government fact-finding sessions, but informal talks and question-and-answer opportunities with them are rare. Sustainable Sundays makes these experts accessible to NHM visitors, providing our guests with an accessible, non-esoteric approach to the hard science supporting today’s most talked-about green causes.



The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. It is open seven days a week, 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions, and education.



Last year’s completed renovation of the Beaux-Arts 1913 Building, the original component of the NHM, has set the stage for the rollout of a series of permanent new experiences leading up to the Museum’s centennial in 2013: Age of Mammals and the Haaga Family Rotunda galleries open in July 2010; Dinosaur Mysteries and programmatic gardens open in July 2011, and Under the Sun, an exhibition focusing on the Southern California environmental history, in late 2012.






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Lauren Clark

Marketing & Communications

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90007


tel. 213.763.3580

fax. 213.743.4843



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