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


Virtual Nat Talk: Ask Them Anything

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 6 PM

Behind the scenes of the Museum, a crew of scientists works to research and conserve the plants, animals, and fossils of our region. They know a lot about a lot, and this is your chance to ask them your burning questions.

What’s that lizard in your yard? Why so many headlines about monarchs? Who would win in a fight: a megalodon or a mosasaur? What’s the weirdest specimen in our collection? It’s all fair game. And for the answers they don’t know, well, the beauty of Zoom is easy access to Google. So join us onlineno cameras requiredto Ask Them Anything.

Note: RSVP available soon. You do not need to purchase tickets and do not need a Zoom account to attend the talk. Please consider supporting The Nat by selecting the $12 suggested ticket price at checkout.

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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.