The Secret Society of Adultologists

The Secret Society of Adultologists: ¡Californias!

Friday, September 20, 7 – 10 PM

Join the Secret Society for an after-hours 21+ event, where we’ll explore the biological and cultural diversity that make our home especial.

When European sailors first arrived in our regíon, they thought they had “discovered” the island paradise described in a Spanish romance novel from 500 years ago. This mythical isla was ruled by pagan warrior queen Califia. It turns out that the ‘island’ was actually a peninsula, but the name “California” stuck. At The Nat, our team of researchers studies las plantas y los animales from los dos partes of this paradise, both Baja (or lower) California in Mexico, and Alta (or upper) California in the U.S.

Enjoy art, games, and un monton of science over craft cocktails and súper delicious food.

Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.


Here's a list of just some of our partners and activities. Check back as we add more!

  • Lucha Libre: Mini-matches at 7:30 and 9:30 PM
  • Live music by La Diabla at 8:15 PM
  • “Nature Hikes” through the Coast to Cactus exhibit with the rangers of Mission Trails at 8 and 9 PM
  • Animal Encounters: live snake and Harris’ Hawk
  • “Botanical Bouquet” guessing game with the Canyoneers
  • Make and Take: Pinch Pots based on traditional Kumeyaay design with the Barona Cultural Center
  • Virtual Reality tour of San Quintin, Baja with Terra Peninsular
  • Make and Take: Conservation + Comics with Cabrillo National Monument
  • Scents and Sights of San Diego game with the San Diego History Center
  • Whale Tales specimen table
  • Hands-on Fossil Prep in our Paleontology Lab
  • Taxidermy Demonstration with Simone Pixley of Little Dame
  • Plants of the Border with The Nat’s curator of botany, Dr. Jon Rebman
  • “Locals Only” trivia game
  • Adaptation Matching Game with Mission Trails Regional Park
  • Meet the Experts from Tijuana’s Lucha Libre Museum
  • Beer Making Demonstration
  • Make and Take: Print a Flag with printmakers from SDMA’s Artists Guild
  • Photo Booth presented by Picture Bakery
  • Food for purchase from Red Sambusa, ¡Salud!, and Great Maple
  • Beer for purchase from Modern Times
  • Craft cocktails for purchase: Prickly Pear Margarita and Caramelized Pineapple Mojito

About Secret Society of Adultologists

Most of us remember our first trip to a natural history museum—marveling at being surrounded by bizarre creatures large and small, appreciating the deep sense of history contained in a dinosaur skeleton, and admiring the idyllic images of Museum scientists from a previous era. The Secret Society of Adultologists reinvigorates that sense of awe, as the entire Museum is packed with activities to give party-goers a more intimate view of The Nat.

This exclusive 21+ after-hours event will feature Museum scientists sharing treasures from our collection of more than 8 million specimens, and craft cocktails, beer, music, storytelling, food, crafts, and art. The Secret Society of Adultologists is a whole new way to experience The Nat—stay late and rediscover your sense of wonder.

Save the dates! The next Secret Society of Adultologists will be happening in the following dates:

  • January 24, 2020
  • May 14, 2020

Past Events

  • May 3, 2019: Garden Party
  • February 8, 2019: Red
  • November 16, 2018: Shiny, Pretty Things
  • June 16, 2018: Adult Summer Camp
  • February 9, 2018: Courtship, Love, and Sex in Nature
  • September 29, 2017: Secret Society of Adultologists