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: 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? The State of Biodiversity will feature a panel who will discuss emerging threats to biodiversity, conservation uses of the latest genetic tools, conservation success stories, and landscape-level impacts on diversity like climate change and fragmentation. This Nat Talk is the culmination of many topics that will be addressed during the daytime symposium, which is a separately ticketed event. Join us for this important community dialogue.

Tickets to the Nat Talk are $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

Purchase Tickets



BANFF Mountain Film Festival 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 5 PM

The Nat is hosting the San Diego presentation of the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a showcase of the best action, travel, and adventure films.

The Nat is hosting the San Diego presentation of the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a showcase of the best action, travel, and adventure films. The screenings will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! Screenings take place every evening from March 6-11, and there is a special VIP reception on Sunday, March 11 at 6 PM. The Flying Squirrel Cafe will be open before the shows and during intermission, offering coffee and snacks (no food/beverages allowed in theater).

Tickets for the screenings and the VIP reception are sold through the event sponsor, Adventure 16. Visit their website to see purchase tickets, see a list of films, and learn more.