Talks and Lectures

Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world.

Purchase tickets by clicking on the link associated with each event. To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist. Please note that all talks are offered in local time (PST/PDT).

Upcoming Events


Nat Talk: The Secret World of Wildlife

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 7 PM

Animal candids as a tool for conservation? Absolutely! Join Mammalogist Scott Tremor as he shares how scientists at The Nat and partner organizations use camera traps to study and help wildlife.

This talk is an extension of our newest exhibition, Caught on Camera, which showcases beautiful photography of regional wildlife taken with the help of camera traps, also known as trail cams. Some of the photos on display are from real-life research projects organized by scientists at The Nat and partner organizations, including one that revealed the range of the isolated and elusive Humboldt’s flying squirrel (Glaucomys oregonensis).

Scott will share photos and stories from the research, and explain how useful camera traps are for wildlife management and conservation.

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members. Doors to The Nat open at 6 PM, with the talk beginning at 7 PM

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Nat Talk: Torrey Pines & the Birth of San Diego's Environmental Movement

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 7 PM

Hosted in partnership with the La Jolla Historical Society, professional nature photographer Bill Evarts takes us on a photographic journey of the history and preservation of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. 

Bill is author of Torrey Pines: Landscape & Legacy, featuring photographic images of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, often taken from locations never accessible to the public. A native San Diegan who grew up in La Jolla, Bill has personal connections to both Torrey Pines and The Nat—he is the grandson of Clinton Abbott, who served as director of the San Diego Society of Natural History from 1922 to 1946. Bill will provide a personal perspective on the role the Society and his grandfather played in saving Torrey Pines and other public lands in San Diego. The Nat’s interest in the pines dates back to 1883 when Charles Parry, the first European to recognize the trees as unique, recounted his discovery of Pinus torreyana to members of the San Diego Society of Natural History, and they immediately launched plans to protect the groves.

Stop by the Museum store after the talk for a book sale and signing of Torrey Pines: Landscape and Legacy by Bill Evarts.  

Tickets are $9 for members of The Nat and La Jolla Historical Society, and $12 for non-members.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with La Jolla Historical Society’s exhibition Rare Trees & Sacred Canyons: Torrey Pines - San Diego's Symbol of Preservation, on view February 10 - May 28. To learn more about the exhibition, visit www.lajollahistory.org.  


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Past Talks

Check out our top five most viewed talks from the 2021 season on YouTube.


Climate Change Series

Throughout 2021, The Nat and Climate Science Alliance collaborated to offer a series of evening talks and daytime lessons around climate change. These quarterly events dove into the complex topic of our changing climate. The more we know, the better we can respond to what is happening. Watch the series and be empowered.