New! Fall Nature Series

theNAT comes to North County San Diego!

Don't miss out on this first-time opportunity to learn from experts about the incredible plant and animal diversity throughout San Diego County, with a focus on species within San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

The Nature Series Fall program includes Thursday wine and cheese meet & greets,
followed by a slide presentation at MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus by a San Diego Natural History Museum expert. 


September 13: Michael Wall, PhD, Curator of Entomology

Michael Wall, Ph.D. joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as curator of entomology in January 2006 and was subsequently named director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC). He also currently serves as vice president of science and conservation. In 2008, Dr. Wall coordinated the Museum’s first-ever BioBlitz in which 1,035 species were discovered in Balboa Park over a 24-hour period. While working on both a bachelor of science (B.S.) and master of science (M.S.) in botany at Auburn University, he became interested in the ecological relationships between plants and insects. After completing his doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in entomology at University of Connecticut in 2004, Dr. Wall received a postdoctoral fellowship to join a global biodiversity inventory (organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the Australian Museum). He is an award-winning teacher and Fulbright Fellow.

October 18: Brad Hollingsworth, PhD, Curator of Herpetology

Brad Hollingsworth has served as the San Diego Natural HIstory Museum's curator of herpetology since 2000, after serving as a postdoctoral fellow, guest curator of exhibits, expedition lead herpetologist, museum store employee, and volunteer. He received his doctorate from Loma Linda University and obtained both his M.S. and B.S. from San Diego State University. Brad’s research focuses on the evolution and biogeography of the herpetofauna of Baja California and its associated islands. Brad is also an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University where he regularly teaches in the Biology Department.

November 15: Phil Unitt, Curator of Birds & Mammals

Philip Unitt, curator, is a specialist in subspecies identification of California birds and author of The San Diego County Bird Atlas, The Birds of San Diego County and editor of Western Birds, the regional journal of ornithology for western North America.

December 13: Jon Rebman, PhD, Curator of Botany

Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed chair/curator of botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum since 1996. He has a Ph.D. in botany (plant taxonomy), M.S. in biology (floristics) and B.S. in biology. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research in Baja California and in San Diego and Imperial Counties. He has more than 15 years of experience in the floristics of San Diego and Imperial Counties and 21 years experience studying the plants of the Baja California peninsula.


  • 4-Part Series: Conservancy Members $60; Public $80
  • Presentation Series: Thursdays from 6-8 pm
  • Recommended ages 12+

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California Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant