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. Nat Talks and film events take place in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.

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


Nat Talk: Native Plants for San Diego Gardens

Monday, September 23, 2019 7 PM

Native plants fell out of fashion during the Victorian era when new exotics from around the world arrived in California. Now California gardeners are rediscovering the beauty and diversity of our native flora. And it’s about time! Native plants are absolutely the best-suited plants for San Diego gardens. They need little if any irrigation, are low maintenance, and are easy to grow once you discard everything you thought you knew about gardening. In this talk, Nan discusses what makes a native plant native, the habitats that native plants come from, which are easiest to grow in San Diego’s gardens, how to grow them, how to use them in the garden, and how to mix them with other plants. 

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7 PM. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk. After the talk, join Nan for a signing of her book, Hot Color, Dry Garden, available for purchase at the Museum store.