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

Nat Talk: Unique Plants and Animals of the Baja California Pacific Islands

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7 PM

Join us for an exploration of changing biodiversity in a beautiful archipelago—a group of islands stretches from California down the Pacific coast of Mexico. This archipelago isn’t far from the mainland, but the islands are home to a surprising number of species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Join Sula Vanderplank, research associate in the Botany Department of the San Diego Natural History Museum, as she discusses the unique plants and animals that she and her colleagues discovered during their expeditions into the Baja California Peninsula. 

The talk begins at 7 PM, but Museum doors open at 5:30 PM, and from 6:15 to 6:45 PM Sula’s colleagues will be in the Atrium to informally share some of the unique specimens being discussed in the Nat Talk. The Flying Squirrel Café will serve food, beer, and wine before the lecture.

After the talk, join the researchers in our Museum store for a signing of their book, Unique Plants and Animals of the Baja California Pacific Islands / Plantas y Animales Únicos de las Islas del Pacifico de Baja California

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Nat Talk: Nature and You: Crowdsourced Science

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7 PM

Our scientists study the distribution of plants and animals throughout Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, citizen scientists, members of the public interested in contributing to science, have been able to help fill gaps in their knowledge.

Join Curator of Botany Dr. Jon Rebman and Curator of Herpetology Dr. Brad Hollingsworth as they share what species information they have been able to glean from the contributions of citizen scientists. They will also share what species are still a mystery and how you can help solve those mysteries with your smartphone.

The talk begins at 7 PM, but Museum doors open at 5:30 PM. Get here early to meet our City Nature Challenge partners and speak informally with our researchers about what they do behind the scenes at the Museum.

Tickets to this event go on sale March 17 for members ($9) and March 19 for non-members ($12). You can purchase them online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797. If you would like early access and discounts for Nat Talks and other events, join today.

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