Nat Talks and Films

In the state-of-the-art Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater you can enjoy talks, unique film festivals, film premieres, and more.

Nat Talks are given by Museum scientists and outside experts from around the country who speak on a wide array of topics including the latest in scientific research, history, art, conservation, and the natural world. Lecture topics often coincide with the latest exhibitions at the Museum. The 2017-2018 season of Nat Talks is made possible with support from media partner KPBS.



Upcoming Events


Nat Talk: Ecosystems and Us | Surprising Connections

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 7 PM

Individual habitats, natural populations, and even people are “connected.” What affects one may have profound and often unexpected implications in others. Drew Talley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental and ocean sciences at the University of San Diego, has been studying these connections in habitats ranging from salt marshes to desert islands and will defend these assertions at this Nat Talk.

Talley will present examples of these connections, focusing on 30 years of research in Bahía de los Ángeles, Mexico. He’ll also explain how his journey to understand these ecosystems has led to insights about critical connections not just between seemingly disparate habitats, but also between different fields of science, countries, and even between academic, public, and education sectors.

The talk begins at 7 PM, but Museum doors will open at 5:30 PM allowing attendees to purchase food and beverages in The Flying Squirrel Café before the event.

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers. They can be purchased online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Fall Showing

Sunday, September 30, 2018 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival Fall Showing will exhilarate you with amazing stories shown on the big screen. Attendees can journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks, all from the comfort of our theater.

The Flying Squirrel Café will be open and offering beer, wine, coffee, and food before the shows and during intermission.

Note: The new Fall Showing replaces Radical Reels. No films from the Spring Showing will be shown again. Both dates will show the exact same films

Tickets are now on sale at Adventure 16 stores and online. Please note that tickets are not available through The Nat. Limit eight tickets per showing. 

Pricing:

Through August 17: $20 per person, per night (while supplies last), $1 service fee when purchased online. No refunds or exchanges.

After August 17: $22 per person, per night (while supplies last), $1 service fee when purchased online. No refunds or exchanges




Banff Mountain Film Festival Fall Showing

Monday, October 1, 2018 7 PM

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. The Banff Mountain Film Festival Fall Showing will exhilarate you with amazing stories shown on the big screen. Attendees can journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks, all from the comfort of our theater.

The Flying Squirrel Café will be open and offering beer, wine, coffee, and food before the shows and during intermission.

Note: The new Fall Showing replaces Radical Reels. No films from the Spring Showing will be shown again. Both dates will show the exact same films

Tickets are now on sale at Adventure 16 stores and online. Please note that tickets are not available through The Nat. Limit eight tickets per showing. 

Pricing:

Through August 17: $20 per person, per night (while supplies last), $1 service fee when purchased online. No refunds or exchanges.

After August 17: $22 per person, per night (while supplies last), $1 service fee when purchased online. No refunds or exchanges