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: Outdoor Explorer | Become a Community Scientist

Friday, April 23, 2021 10 AM

Photos of plants and animals are more than just pretty pictures—when uploaded to a global database, they can be used by scientists around the world. Community Engagement Manager Lauren Marino Perez and Lead Educator Ashton Huge will teach you how to use the iNaturalist app to record nature’s wonders.

It’s easy to use and lots of fun. Plus, it will get you prepared to for the Border BioBlitz and the City Nature Challenge, two chances to help scientists record the plants and animals of our region. Join us and become a community scientist!  

This 45-minute program will be presented as a Zoom webinar, with live captioning on Facebook Live. Recommended for grade 3 and up, but all are welcome.        

 

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Live Lesson: Reptile Round Up | A Visit to the Living Lab

Friday, May 21, 2021 10 AM

Creepy, crawly, and totally cool. They may not be cuddly, but reptiles play an important role in our ecosystem. Get a closer look in a virtual visit to our live animal exhibition, Living Lab. 

Join Community Engagement Manager Lauren Marino Perez and Animal Care Specialist Stacey Vielma as they share some special characteristics and adaptations of these animals. Reptiles in our care include spotted geckos, green anoles, a Gila monster, desert iguanas, a lyresnake, rattlesnakes, and more.

This 45-minute program will be presented as a Zoom webinar, with live captioning on Facebook Live. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome.   

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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.

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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.

Note: RSVP link coming soon.

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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.

Note: RSVP link coming soon.

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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

Climate Stories: Pollinators

Pollinators are some of the most important animals on the planet. What impact are we having on them? How can we help pollinators? Join Curator of Entomology Dr. Michael Wall and also learn how climate change may impact these important animals during this Live Lesson. This program is part of our Climate Series and presented with our partners Climate Science Alliance.

Eat, Prey, Fly

Ever wanted to meet a raptor? Now's your chance. The Nat’s Lead Educator Ashton Huge hosts 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.

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.

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.

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.

Birding By Ear

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