NATtalks, Films, and Workshops

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

NATtalks

The Museum brings experts from around the country to speak on topics including our natural environment, history, world cultures, and art. Topics often coincide with the latest exhibitions at the Museum. Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of the month and join us for thoughtful, engaging talks on the latest in scientific research.

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



Upcoming Events


NATtalk: Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7 PM

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people have made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, utilizing native plants in their daily lives andcontinuously refining their botanical knowledge. Join anthropologist and author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany Michael Wilken-Robertson and photographer Deborah Small as they explore the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. A book signing will take place in the Museum store after the lecture.

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NATtalk: What’s In Our Drawers

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7 PM

Ever wonder what our scientists collect and why? In celebration of the opening of our latest exhibition Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage, we’ve put together a panel of Museum scientists who will share their “staff picks” of the coolest, the most important, and sometimes the weirdest objects in our vast research collections. The Museum houses more than 8 million specimens, all of which are meticulously cataloged and cared for in an effort to preserve the natural history of our region for generations to come. Be regaled with stories of research expeditions past and hear how our scientists prepare specimens for our ever-growing collection of plants and animals from southern California and Baja California. 

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