Brown Bag Lunch Lecture – February 19 – Native Plant Use

Considering Traditional Native Plant Use:

Integration into our Modern Lives

with Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA

Leslie Mouriquand M.A, RPA  will discuss the cultural history of traditional plant use by the Cahuilla people, and anthropological theory when considering traditional uses of plants as medicines, foods, and for ceremony.  The focus will be on mesquite, pinyon pine, and chia and she will have samples for tasting along with recipes.

As a native of the Coachella valley, Leslie took an interest in the local Native American culture early in life sparked by her father’s tribal ancestry and the desire to learn about her own cultural ancestry.

As part of a group known as the Chia Café, Leslie participates in giving demonstrations, talks, and the gathering of native plants for educational purposes and tastings.  Leslie is a certified Master Desert Gardener, and has experimented in with propagation of various native plants over the past decade. She enjoys creating recipes using native foods for the modern kitchen and sharing what she learns with others. What she loves to do the most is work with the plants and create yummy foods, healing salves and balms, and pinyon sap soap!

Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series once a month.  Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is  $ 5 – Free for Members -  beverages will be served.

Kid EdVentures – February 21

Very Basic Cooking

Saturday, February 21 — 10:00 a.m. – Noon

In this month’s session, children will be introduced to what it takes to be a cook.

There is no cost for this educational experience.Cooking has been an essential part of human living for a very long time. In this program we will cook a vegetarian dish with lots of fresh vegetables and serve lunch to the parents.
Be advised, children have to be six years or older and healthy to participate in this program. Please bring your own apron.
This class will be limited to ten participants. Sign up in person at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum or call us at 760-369-7212 and leave a message with your information..