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. 

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: 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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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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