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.

All events take place in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.



Upcoming Events


Banff Mountain Film Festival Spring Showings. SOLD OUT

March 3-8, 7 PM

SOLD OUT. Explore the edge of believable with exhilarating stories from the 44th Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Stand on the highest peaks, paddle through the coldest waters, and be a part of the gripping adventures waiting for you in this year’s Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

Tickets are sold out! Visit www.greatadventureproductions.com for more information. Please note that tickets are not available through The Nat.

As in years past, there will be three different film programs: A, B and C:

March 3 – Program A
March 4 – Program B
March 5 – Program C
March 6 – Program A
March 7 – Program B
March 8 – Program C

Film listings will be posted to www.greatadventureproductions.com/programs. Films begin at 7 PM and Museum doors open at 5:30 PM. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Flying Squirrel Café.
For Banff Film Festival related questions, please email: ben@greatadventureproductions.com. Tickets are $22 (plus online service fee) per person, per show, while supplies last. Ticket limit is 8 tickets per transaction. No refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases.  




Natural History 101: Ornithology

Friday, March 6, 2020 9 AM

Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and experts. This week, our very own Curator of Birds & Mammals Phil Unitt will be talking about birds in San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 AM. 

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Nat Talk: Screening of The Devil's Road & Meet the Filmmakers

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 6:30 PM

Following the century-old expedition route of two of Baja’s most prolific and obscure naturalists, a group of adventurers set out on a 5000-mile journey on motorcycles to document over one hundred years of change in Baja California.

The Devil’s Road is rich with adventure and shows the interplay between past and present. A film about discovery and change, it acts as an environmental call to arms that pays homage to the strange and awe-inspiring in Baja California.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the film. After the film, stick around for an audience Q&A with the filmmakers.

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Natural History 101: Bats

Friday, March 13, 2020 9 AM

Take a deep dive into San Diego’s natural history with conversations led by local scientists and experts. This week, our very own Field Biologist Drew Stokes will be talking about bats in San Diego.

 Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 AM. 

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