The Nat Blog

The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) today announced that Judy Gradwohl has been selected as the Museum’s new president and CEO. Gradwohl, who comes to San Diego after 30 years with the Smithsonian Institution, will assume the role on July 1, 2016 at the start of the Museum’s new fiscal year. Read more.  Read more.


The death of an animal as majestic as a whale is a sad event. However, as Museum scientists interested in documenting the natural biodiversity of our region--and in increasing our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological history of that biodiversity--we view such events as learning opportunities. Read more.  Read more.


Get the most out of your visit to The Nat with some helpful hints and great tips on family-friendly activities and programs. Read more.  Read more.


When asking the average person if they’ve ever seen a flying squirrel, there are usually two responses: "Those aren’t real!" or "Like Rocky and Bullwinkle?" Like many other nocturnal animals, flying squirrels frequently go unnoticed, and not much is known about these gliding creatures. But with the help of citizen scientists in the San Bernardino mountain area, the Museum is hoping to learn more about their distribution and habitat use. Read more. Read more.


Digital Storytelling

Posted: February 22, 2016

Part of our mission is to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment, but that can sometimes be a tricky proposition within the four walls of our Museum. How can we deepen a visitor’s appreciation for the region within our exhibition spaces and through our online presence?  Read more.


The best paleontological discoveries are not always are made in the field. Some new fossils are found in the laboratory by our preparators. One recent find included a partial fossilized skeleton of an ancient crocodile.  Read more.


Where was the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1915 when the Panama-California Exposition opened in Balboa Park and put San Diego on the map? We were not yet located within Balboa Park. Read more about the Museum's history here.  Read more.


Drew Stokes is a veteran wildlife biologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In this blog post, you'll learn more about his background and what got him hooked on our winged friends, bats. Read more. Read more.


Top 4 Myths about Bats

Posted: October 26, 2015

With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought it suitable to dispel some common myths about our winged friends, bats. Take a look at some facts and fiction shared by Drew Stokes (a.k.a. The Batman), wildlife biologist with the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Read more.  Read more.


Dig Deeper with Wifarer at theNAT

Posted: October 20, 2015

Have you ever found yourself enjoying an exhibition but really in need of a bathroom? Have you ever wanted to see what happens behind the scenes here at theNAT? Have you ever wanted to see Ms. Frizzle outside of our Wacky Science Sunday shows? Well, we have some exciting news! We are launching a new mobile app called Wifarer at theNAT so you can do just that. Read more. Read more.