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: Our Wild Calling: A Conversation with Richard Louv

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7 PM

Over a decade ago, Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods identified the growing generational gap between children and the natural world. Now, after four years of research, Louv defines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores the powerful and mysterious bond between humans and other animals, how that bond can transform our lives, and how it is essential to the preservation of life on Earth.

Museum doors open at 5:30 PM – show up early to explore our brand new Living Lab. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Flying Squirrel Café. After the talk, stick around for a book signing with Richard. Our Wild Calling will be available for purchase in the Museum store.

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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; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 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; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 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; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 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; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 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; North (fig tree) doors open at 8:30 AM. 

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