In the state-of-the-art Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater you can enjoy talks, unique film festivals, film premieres, and more.
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.
For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and Southern California have made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region, interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge. Join anthropologist and author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany Michael Wilken-Robertson and photographer Deborah Small as they explore the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. With vivid photographs and lively narratives, this new book shares the ever-relevant ethnobotanical wisdom of native plant specialists with future generations. A book signing for Kumeyaay Ethnobotanywill take place after the lecture in the Museum store.Purchase Tickets
Ever wonder what our scientists collect and why? In celebration of the opening of our latest exhibition Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage, we’ve put together a panel of Museum scientists who will share their “staff picks” of the coolest, the most important, and sometimes the weirdest objects in our vast research collections. The Museum houses more than 8 million specimens, all of which are meticulously cataloged and cared for in an effort to preserve the natural history of our region for generations to come. Be regaled with stories of research expeditions past and hear how our scientists prepare specimens for our ever-growing collection of plants and animals from southern California and Baja California.Purchase Tickets