Talks and Lectures

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.

Purchase tickets by clicking on the link associated with each event. To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist. Please note that all talks are offered in local time (PST/PDT).

Upcoming Events


Virtual Nat Talk: Let’s Talk About Sharks

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 6 PM

They’re the subject of fear, pop-culture stardom, and their teeth are the first natural history love for many people. But what do we really know about sharks? What’s the latest research on these ancient creatures?

Annabel Gong returns to The Nat to share a fascinating look at these still mysterious creatures. Annabel (they/them) is a shark scientist and researcher at the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative with a special focus on sharks in Southern California, including leopard sharks in La Jolla. They are also the co-founder and co-host of the LGBTQ+ STEM Cast and member of Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS). So you can bet it's going to be a fin-tastic conversation.

Note: This talk is online only. You do not need to purchase tickets and do not need a Zoom account to attend the talk. Please consider supporting The Nat by selecting the $12 suggested ticket price at checkout.

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Past Talks

Check out our top five most viewed talks from the 2021 season on YouTube.


Climate Change Series

Throughout 2021, The Nat and Climate Science Alliance collaborated to offer a series of evening talks and daytime lessons around climate change. These quarterly events dove into the complex topic of our changing climate. The more we know, the better we can respond to what is happening. Watch the series and be empowered.