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


Meet the Author: The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7 PM

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science comes The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth, an illustrated journey through the world's ecosystems chronicling the inhabiting plants and animals. Join Rachel Ignotofsky for a special talk about her work, followed by a book signing.

Through exquisite drawings, maps, and infographics, Ignotofsky makes earth science accessible and entertaining. She explain how our planet works, from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the carbon cycle, weather cycles, and more. Perfect for science- and nature-loving readers of all ages, this is an utterly charming and educational guide to the world in which we live. After the talk, join Rachel in the Museum store for a signing of her book.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7 PM. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk.

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




Nat Talk: The New Chimpanzee

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7 PM

Craig Stanford, Ph.D. of the University of Southern California will describe new discoveries about chimpanzees and offer new insights and interpretations of what researchers have learned.

He will discuss his 20 plus years of research in the lives of wild chimpanzees. He will also draw from results of the seven longest term field studies from which we’ve learned the most about the species. There is one central theme in The New Chimpanzee: that new discoveries about the behavior of wild chimpanzees have re-shaped our view of these apes, and therefore of human nature.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7 PM. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk.

After the talk, join Craig in the Museum store for a signing of his book, The New Chimpanzee.

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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Nat Talk: The San Andreas Fault | So Near and So Silent

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:30 PM

What is the San Andreas Fault, why is it here, and what can it do to us when it moves?

In honor of the grand opening of Hidden Gems, Isabelle SacramentoGrilo, lecturer in the department of geological sciences at San Diego State University, will discuss tectonics of the western United States and associated hazards. She will also suggest ways to mitigate the geologic dangers we face in California.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:30 PM. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase at the Flying Squirrel Café before the talk.

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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