NATtalks, Films, and Workshops

In the state-of-the-art Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater you can enjoy talks, unique film festivals, film premieres, and more. 

NATtalks

The Museum brings experts from around the country to speak on topics including our natural environment, history, world cultures, and art. Topics often coincide with the latest exhibitions at the Museum. Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of the month and join us for thoughtful, engaging talks on the latest in scientific research.

The 2016-2017 season of NATtalks is made possible with support from media partner KPBS.



Upcoming Events


NATtalk: The Sting of the Wild

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7 PM

Entomologist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration, others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal? To compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge. In The Sting of the Wild, the colorful Dr. Schmidt takes us on a journey inside the lives of stinging insects, seeing the world through their eyes as well as his own. He explains how and why they attack and reveals the powerful punch they can deliver with a small venom gland and a “sting,” the name for the apparatus that delivers the venom. We learn which insects are the worst to encounter and why some are barely worth considering. 

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets available soon. 

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