Live Programs

We are excited to offer live, topical presentations for students, teachers, and out-of-school-time organizations. Each month we will offer a new natural history topic that features engaging information and aligning activities.

Climate Change Series
Throughout 2021, The Nat and Climate Science Alliance are collaborating to offer a series of evening talks and daytime lessons around the impacts of climate change in our region. The live youth programs take place each quarter (March, July, September, and December), and aim to help school age children understand both the problems and the solutions. From pollinators to carnivores, hear the stories that are part of our changing climate.

Live Lesson: Eat, Prey, Fly

Friday, February 26, 2021 10 AM

Ever wanted to meet a raptor? Now's your chance. The Nat’s Lead Educator Ashton Huge will host a special conversation with Falconer Bob Gordon. Meet Bob’s companion, a Harris’ hawk named Huxley, and learn about regional birds of prey as well as the art of falconry.

This 45-minute program will be presented as a Zoom webinar and with captioning on Facebook Live. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome. This event is hosted on two dates: Feb. 24 and 26.      

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Live Lesson Climate Stories: Pollinators

Friday, March 19, 2021 10 AM

Small but mighty, pollinators are some of the most important animals on the planet. Much of our food comes from crops pollinated by animals—they help plants produce fruit or seed. Join Curator of Entomology Dr. Michael Wall to learn how increased human activity is having an impact on pollinators—from bees to bats. What can you do to help?

This 45-minute program is presented as a Zoom webinar and is also streamed on Facebook Live with captioning. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome. 

Round out your lesson with these accompanying resources from Climate Science Alliance and The Nat.


Live Lesson Climate Stories: Meat Eaters

Friday, July 23, 2021 10 AM

From bobcats to mountain lions, meat-eating animals known as carnivores play an important role in keeping our environment healthy. Join our investigation into how a changing climate and increased human activity will affect local carnivores and their connections to the circle of life. Together, we’ll uncover what we can do to help.

This 45-minute program is presented as a Zoom webinar and is also streamed on Facebook Live with captioning. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome.

Round out your lesson with these accompanying resources from Climate Science Alliance and The Nat.


Live Lesson Climate Stories: Up in Smoke

Friday, September 17, 2021 10 AM

Climate change causes higher temperatures, decreased rainfall, and prolonged drought—all of which contribute to more wildfires. Nature recovers from normal fires, but the increasing frequency and intensity of fires is a problem for our plants and animals. Join us as we look at what this means for local wildlife, and learn more about what we can do.

This 45-minute program is presented as a Zoom webinar and is also streamed on Facebook Live with captioning. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome. 

Round out your lesson with these accompanying resources from Climate Science Alliance and The Nat.


Live Lesson Climate Stories: Surf’s Up!

Friday, December 10, 2021 10 AM

Join us as we explore how climate change affects life in our oceans. We will use experiments to better understand how changes in climate, combined with ocean warming and ocean acidification, impact life on land.

This 45-minute program is presented as a Zoom webinar and is also streamed on Facebook Live with captioning. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome.

Round out your lesson with these accompanying resources from Climate Science Alliance and The Nat.


We’re exploring other opportunities and topics for live programming. Please complete the form below to tell us what interests you.

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Past Live Lessons

Birding By Ear

Birding by Ear with Justin Canty was recorded from a live lesson on October 23, 2020.

Tide Pool Treasure Hunt

Take a trip to the tidepools from the comfort of your computer. Join Community Engagement Manager Lauren Marino Perez and Cabrillo National Monument Biologist and Science Educator Sam Wynns in this recording of a past live program.

What We'll Draw

Draw an owl along with award-winning illustrator Susie Ghahremani. This virtual program begins with a reading of What Will Grow written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Susie. Then grab a pencil and paper so you can draw along, too.

Behind the Scenes: Nature to You Loan Library

The Nat has an uncommon library of specimens that includes a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, and more. Join Education Specialist Rosie Bell and Community Engagement Manager Lauren Marino Perez as they share some special characteristics and adaptations of the specimens in this unique program.