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


Nat Talk: Native Bees, Up Close and Personal

Monday, November 18, 2019 7 PM

A lot of attention has been paid to the honeybee decline, but what about native bees? Sam Droege, wildlife biologist at USGS, discusses all about native bees in this talk, how we can support them, and shares his stunning macro-photography of these insects.

With about 4000 species in North America, there is still a lot to learn about these bees and how they interact with the flowers and habitats they depend on. Sam will focus on some of the 2000 species of wild bees in California and explain what each of us can do for wild bees by looking at what we plant in our yards and communities. Using macrophotography in his scientific research has also created a mesmerizing collection of public domain, close-up photos of the insects he loves. These photos are featured in our newest exhibition: Insects Face to Face (open November 9).

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. 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.

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Natural History 101: Herpetology

Friday, December 13, 2019 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 Herpetology Dr. Brad Hollingsworth will be talking about reptiles and amphibians in San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for membersand $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM. 

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Natural History 101: Mammalogy

Friday, January 17, 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 Mammalogist Scott Tremorwill be talking about mammals in San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM. 

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Natural History 101: Entomology

Friday, January 24, 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 Vice President of Science and Conservation Dr. Michael Wall will be talking about entomologyin San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM. 

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Nat Talk: Highlighting the State of Biodiversity

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7 PM

Join us at this special Nat Talk to learn about state of our local biodiversity, including the latest science, emerging threats, and management success stories in the world of conservation.

In this talk, Vice President of Science and Conservation Dr. Michael Wall will share highlights from the previous week’s State of Biodiversity Symposium, an annual event that convened some of the brightest minds in regional conservation.

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. 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.




Natural History 101: Botany

Friday, February 21, 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 Jon Rebman will be talking about botanyin San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM.

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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 birdsin San Diego. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM.

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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 Stokeswill be talking about bats in San Diego.

 Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members; doors open at 8:45 AM.

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