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Talks and Workshops

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.

Upcoming Events

Nat Talk: Exploring Nature Through Pop Culture

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 7 PM

From blockbuster films to bestselling novels, pop culture is rich with tales that draw inspiration from the natural world. Hear from Frank Santana as he bridges the worlds of pop culture and natural biodiversity.

Calling all nature lovers and pop culture aficionados! Join environmental biologist, Frank Santana, as he explores the fascinating intersections of science and storytelling. Discover how movies, books, and TV shows draw inspiration from the natural world and learn why preserving our planet's biodiversity is crucial for a future rich with compelling stories.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to step into a world where nature and culture collide to enrich our lives and fuel our imaginations. Plus, It's the perfect place to rock that Comic-Con costume one more time!
Tickets are $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

If you wear a costume, please note it cannot cover the entire face (people entering the building need to be able to be properly identified—thanks for understanding). Also, please do not bring weapons of any kind. 
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Paint and Sip Workshop

Saturday, August 3, 2024 6 PM

Date night, girl's night out, or just some me-time, join us for a paint and sip workshop on our rooftop!

Join local artist Erin Schroeder for a relaxing evening of painting while soaking up the sunset views of Balboa Park. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Each person will get one canvas to paint. Wine, beer, and snacks will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink permitted. 

Tickets are $50 for non-members and $45 for members.
Drinks are not included in the ticket price. Depending on weather conditions, event may move indoors.
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Nat Talk: Wild Ramona with Roy Toft

Thursday, August 15, 2024 7 PM

Dive into the world of local wildlife as Roy Toft, an award-winning photographer and biologist, shares his captivating stories and stunning images.

From coyotes and jackrabbits to mountain lions, Roy Toft’s backyard is full of wildlife, and he’s captured all kinds of incredible images with the help of remote camera traps. Join us as he shares thrilling stories and stunning images of our wild neighbors.
Learn the techniques behind these incredible photos and get tips on setting up your very own trail cameras so you can see what might be lurking in your backyard!

Stop by the Museum store after the talk for a chance to get your signed copy of Roy’s newest book, Wild Ramona.

Tickets are $15 for non-members and $12 for members.
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Past Talks

To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist.