Nat Talks and Films

In the state-of-the-art Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater you can enjoy talks, unique film festivals, film premieres, and more. 

Nat Talks

Nat Talks are given by Museum scientists and outside experts from around the country who speak on a wide array of topics including the latest in scientific research, history, art, conservation, and the natural world. Lecture topics often coincide with the latest exhibitions at the Museum. Come enjoy one or all of the talks below in our state-of-the-art Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.

The 2017-2018 season of Nat Talks is made possible with support from media partner KPBS.



Upcoming Events


NATtalk: Tales from the Mammal Atlas

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7 PM

Mammals are an integral part of the rich ecology in San Diego County—a recognized biodiversity hotspot. Despite the critical role mammals play in our environment, there has been no synthesis of their identification, distribution, natural history, or the conservation challenges they face. Until now.

Join us in celebrating the release of the San Diego County Mammal Atlas with lead author and San Diego Natural History Museum Mammalogist Scott Tremor as he shares stories about some of San Diego’s most emblematic mammals.

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The State of Biodiversity

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7 PM

Join The Nat for a panel on The State of Biodiversity, we have all heard of the State of the Union, State of the State, and State of the City addresses, but what about the state of nature and the environment around us?