Talks, Classes, and Films

The Museum offers talks, classes, film festivals, and other informal learning. Nat Talks, made possible with support from 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 talks given by museum scientists and curators on various topics. These classes were developed for our Docents, and we’re now offering this invaluable opportunity to the public.

Nat Talks and film events take place in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater, and Natural History 101 talks take place in the museum’s lower level gallery space. 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


Natural History 101: Insects of San Diego County

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:15 AM

Come hear Vice President of Science and Conservation and Curator of Entomology Dr. Michael Wall discuss the entomological biodiversity of San Diego County. He will also share (and answer) the top 10 questions he receives about insects in our region. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

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Nat Talk: The State of Biodiversity

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7 PM

After the State of the Union, State of the State, and State of the City addresses comes this State of Biodiversity Nat Talk. On February 6, The Nat hosts the State of Biodiversity Symposium, where scientists and conservationists convene at the Museum to discuss the latest science, emerging threats, and management success stories in the world of conservation. On February 12, Vice President of Science and Conservation Dr. Michael Wall will summarize the state of biodiversity in our region.

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: Plants of San Diego County

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:15 AM

Join Curator of Botany Dr. Jon Rebman as he discusses the biodiversity of plants in San Diego County. In addition, Jon will share botanical resources such as the San Diego County Plant Atlas and the use of iNaturalist to document plant diversity. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

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Natural History 101: Birds

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:15 AM

Come hear Curator of Birds and Mammals Phil Unitt as he discusses general ornithology—including feather structure, skeletons of birds—and the diversity of birds in San Diego County. Phil is also the author of the San Diego County Bird Atlas. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s curators. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

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Natural History 101: Bats of San Diego County

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:15 AM

Join Field Biologist Drew Stokes as shares his knowledge of the biodiversity of bats in San Diego County and the acoustic identification of bat echolocation calls. Drew was a contributing author to the San Diego County Mammal Atlas. This is one in a series of talks by the Museum’s scientists. Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

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