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: Citizen Justice

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 7 PM

In a manner unthinkable today, Justice William O. Douglas was a public advocate for the environment. Join us as Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown explores the politics and ethics of advocacy by a Supreme Court Justice, as discussed in her new book.

Judge M. Margaret McKeown, author of Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas Public Advocate and Conservation Champion, will highlight U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s many contributions to the environment. 

Supreme Court Justice, William O. Douglas was a giant in the legal world. He is often remembered for his four wives, as a potential vice-presidential nominee, as a target of impeachment proceedings, and for his tenure as the longest-serving justice from 1939 to 1975. His most enduring legacy, however, is perhaps his advocacy for the environment. 

Tickets are $16, but we also offer a $4 option to make the event as accessible as possible. Doors to The Nat open at 6 PM, with the talk beginning at 7 PM. Stop by the Museum store after the talk for a book signing with Judge McKeown. 

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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.