Talks, Classes, and Films

The Museum offers talks, classes, film festivals, and other informal learning. Nat Talks, made possible with support from 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 talks given by museum scientists and curators on various topics. These classes were developed for our Docents, and we’re now offering this invaluable opportunity to the public.

Nat Talks and film events take place in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater, and Natural History 101 talks take place in the museum’s lower level gallery space. Tickets to all events may be purchased online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.

If it's our regular, daily schedule of 2D and 3D films you're looking for, please visit our Giant Screen Theater page. Films are included with paid admission.



Upcoming Events


Natural History 101: Plants of San Diego County

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:15 AM

Join Curator of Botany Dr. Jon Rebman as he discusses the biodiversity of plants in San Diego County. In addition, Jon will share botanical resources such as the San Diego County Plant Atlas and the use of iNaturalist to document plant diversity. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

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Natural History 101: Mammals of San Diego County

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:15 AM

Learn about the rich biodiversity of mammals in San Diego County with Scott Tremor, Mammologist. Scott is the author of the recently published The San Diego County Mammal Atlas

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Natural History 101: Birds

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:15 AM

Come hear Curator of Birds and Mammals Phil Unitt as he discusses general ornithology—including feather structure, skeletons of birds—and the diversity of birds in San Diego County. Phil is also the author of the San Diego County Bird Atlas. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings

March 5 through March 10, 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories that allow you to journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

Adventure 16 will begin selling tickets on Friday, February 1 at 10 AM at their store locations and on their website. Tickets are $22 per person, per show, while supplies last—no refunds or exchanges. There will be $1 online service fee per ticket if you choose to purchase your tickets online. Limited limit is eight tickets per transaction. Please note, tickets are not available through The Nat.

Presenting partners include Rab and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, Adventure 16, and The Nat.

Film lovers can enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival on one of three nights:   

  • March 5th- Show A
  • March 6th- Show B
  • March 7th- Show C
  • March 8th- Show A
  • March 9th- Show B
  • March 10th- Show C

Film listings will be posted to Adventure 16's website in late January. For Banff Film Festival-related questions, please email banffshows@adventure16.com




Natural History 101: Bats of San Diego County

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:15 AM

Join Field Biologist Drew Stokes as shares his knowledge of the biodiversity of bats in San Diego County and the acoustic identification of bat echolocation calls. Drew was a contributing author to the San Diego County Mammal Atlas. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s scientists. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

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