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Talks and Workshops

Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world.

Upcoming Events


Nat Talk: Native Bees and the Plants They Love

Thursday, June 20, 2024 7 PM

Hear from Cabrillo National Monument’s vegetation tech, Patricia Simpson, and Ph.D. student and entomologist, Jess Mullins, about San Diego’s tiny heroes, the plants they love, and how you can support them in your backyard!    

It’s bee season and there is a chance you have probably seen several kinds of species of bees buzzing around you. San Diego County boasts incredible biodiversity, with over 2,500 plant species and more than 700 bee species. With challenges facing our native bees from habitat loss to climate change, now is the time to learn practical tips on creating bee-friendly habitats.   

Patricia and Jess will share the vast diversity of local pollinators, the threats they face, and how you can support pollinators by joining community scientists in monitoring them and creating habitats for them in your yardsDon’t miss this opportunity to better understand how to protect nature’s tiny heroes and become a steward for our region’s incredible biodiversity!   

Tickets are $12 for non-members and $9 for membersBefore or after the talk, be sure to walk through the Nature Trail full of native plants for our local pollinators to enjoy!   

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Paint and Sip Workshop

Saturday, July 13, 2024 6 PM

Date night, girl's night out, or just some me-time, join us for a paint and sip workshop on our rooftop!

Join local artist Erin Schroeder for a relaxing evening of painting while soaking up the sunset views of Balboa Park. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Each person will get one canvas to paint. Wine, beer, and snacks will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink permitted. 

Tickets are $50 for non-members and $45 for members.
Drinks are not included in the ticket price. Depending on weather conditions, event may move indoors.
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Paint and Sip Workshop

Saturday, August 3, 2024 6 PM

Date night, girl's night out, or just some me-time, join us for a paint and sip workshop on our rooftop!

Join local artist Erin Schroeder for a relaxing evening of painting while soaking up the sunset views of Balboa Park. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Each person will get one canvas to paint. Wine, beer, and snacks will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink permitted. 

Tickets are $50 for non-members and $45 for members.
Drinks are not included in the ticket price. Depending on weather conditions, event may move indoors.
RSVP now



Past Talks

To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist.