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 2016-2017 season of NATtalks is made possible with support from media partner KPBS.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel. Brought to you by Adventure 16 and the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego presentation of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

The film festival consists of six evenings. Three different sets of films will be offered, with each set of films being screened on two different evenings. All screenings will take place in the giant screen theater at theNAT. The Dinosaur Cafe will be offering coffee and snacks before the shows and during intermission (no food/beverages allowed in theater). Get your tickets through Adventure 16 and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.



Upcoming Events


NATtalk: Sex and Nature featuring scientists from the Museum’s Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7 PM

In honor of Valentine’s Day, join curators from the San Diego Natural History Museum for an amorous and lighthearted discussion about “the birds and the bees.” Most relationships in the natural world don’t start with a Hallmark card, a box of chocolates, or a bouquet of roses. The Museum’s own curators within the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (our research hub) will talk about the complex ways mating and reproduction happen in the wild. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group A

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group A. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group B

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group B. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group C

Thursday, March 9, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group C. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group A

Friday, March 10, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group A. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

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Banff Film Festival VIP Reception

Saturday, March 11, 2017 6 PM

Attend the VIP reception before this evening’s film fest screening, which will follow at 7 PM.

This happy hour event will include beer, wine, and hors-d'oeuvres in the Atrium (no food/beverages allowed in theater). Reserved film seating in the theater will be offered for guests who purchase both the VIP Reception tickets and the screening tickets for this evening.

Tickets to the VIP reception are $10 each and are available online or at A16 San Diego and Solana Beach stores only. Proceeds benefit Adventure 16's Donate-A-Pack Foundation 

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Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group B

Saturday, March 11, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group B. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

Purchase Tickets



Banff Mountain Film Festival: Film Group C

Sunday, March 12, 2017 7 PM

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Visit Adventure 16 for a list of films that are featured in Group C. Tickets are $18 per person (plus $1 online service fee) and are available through Adventure 16 in store and online.

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NATtalk: Birding in the Age of Dinosaurs with Luis Chiappe

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7 PM

This talk tells a story of amazing paleontological breakthroughs worldwide. Dr. Luis Chiappe, vice president of research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and director of the Dinosaur Institute, explains how numerous fossil discoveries of the last few decades have transformed our understanding of the diversity and lifestyles of the birds that lived with the large dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era. This talk features a remarkable menagerie of fossils—preserved in exquisite detail—which holds the clues for understanding the evolution of the unique adaptations of living birds. Dr. Chiappe is a paleontologist who is best known for his discovery of a massive sauropod nesting site in the badlands of Patagonia in 1997.

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets available soon. 




NATtalk: Discovering the Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7 PM

What makes Baja so special? The mystique of the Baja California peninsula is borne from its complexity and diversity. Join Curator of Herpetology Brad Hollingsworth for an exploration of the region's amphibians and reptiles and gain an appreciation for some of the bizarre traits that emerge from animals evolved in isolation, ready to meet the challenges of the area’s many rugged habitats. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets available soon. 




NATtalk: Baja’s Wild Side: Shark Research and Conservation Photography on Baja California's Imperiled Pacific Coast

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7 PM

Sharks migrating between California and Baja California, Mexico, are threatened by fishing activity in both countries. Join Dr. Daniel Cartamil, shark expert and marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as he investigates the cross-border movements of these fascinating animals and discusses the issues relevant to the sustainability of our local shark populations. The talk will be illustrated with breathtaking photography from Dr. Cartamil’s upcoming conservation photography book, Baja's Wild Side

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets available soon. 




NATtalk: The Sting of the Wild

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7 PM

Entomologist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration, others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal? To compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge. In The Sting of the Wild, the colorful Dr. Schmidt takes us on a journey inside the lives of stinging insects, seeing the world through their eyes as well as his own. He explains how and why they attack and reveals the powerful punch they can deliver with a small venom gland and a “sting,” the name for the apparatus that delivers the venom. We learn which insects are the worst to encounter and why some are barely worth considering. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets available soon.