Talks, Classes, and Films

The Museum offers talks, classes, film festivals, and other informal learning. Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts and authors from around the country speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world. Natural History 101 is a series of informal classes that offer a deep dive into the incredible biodiversity of our region.

Tickets may be purchased online by clicking the link directly below the Nat Talk description.

Upcoming Events

Nat Talk: The Monarch, the Bumblebee, and the Canary in the Coalmine

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 PM

Tis the season for monarch butterflies and bumblebees to flutter and drone through our Southern California wildlands and  neighborhoods. Monarchs and bumblebees are the darlings of the insect world, but are endangered and declining in number. Join Dr. Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, for an exploration of the natural history and conservation of these little mini-beasts, what they might be telling us about the rest of the insect world, and how you might be able to help.

To attend this free online talk, please register in advance by clicking the button below and following the directions on the next page. Note: 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. 


To see certain past talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist.