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: Saging the World

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7 PM

Sage smudging has become a viral trend, but what’s the truth behind the smoke? Join us for a screening of the short documentary, Saging the World, and a discussion with a panel of Indigenous advocates. 

Indigenous communities of California and Baja California have tended a relationship with white sage (Salvia apiana) for millennia. Today, poachers steal metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand. Saging the World is a short film produced by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). It spotlights the ecological and cultural issues intertwined with white sage, centering the voices of Native advocates who have long protected and cherished this plant. Join The Nat and CNPS for this special screening, paired with a panel discussion featuring the film directors and Native advocates.  

This talk takes place in the Maurice and Charmaine Kaplan Theater at The Nat at 7 PM. Museum doors open at 6 PM. This talk costs $4. However, we encourage everyone who can afford it to pay the full event price of $16. This will cover your attendance and that of three additional attendees who otherwise can’t attend. If $16 is outside of your budget right now, please use the code NatTalk4 in order to access the discounted rate.

Early registration is available to museum members until May 3, when it opens to all.

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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.