San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum The Nat is a flagship institution in Balboa Park featuring the natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California.

Our Mission: To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The Nat has five floors of exhibitions, a giant-screen theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collect

Our Mission: To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The Nat has five floors of exhibitions, a giant-screen theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collect

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Giving can take many forms, and today during #SanDiegoGives, we're asking if you can help support the care of our collec...
09/09/2021

Giving can take many forms, and today during #SanDiegoGives, we're asking if you can help support the care of our collections, the stewardship of our natural history, and our education efforts with a donation.

Head to https://www.sandiegogives.org/organization/The-Nat to give today, or help spread the word of the work we do here at The Nat.

Thank you so much!

Giving can take many forms, and today during #SanDiegoGives, we're asking if you can help support the care of our collections, the stewardship of our natural history, and our education efforts with a donation.

Head to https://www.sandiegogives.org/organization/The-Nat to give today, or help spread the word of the work we do here at The Nat.

Thank you so much!

Tomorrow's the day, but early giving is underway for #SanDiegoGives! Your support of San Diego County's local nonprofits...
09/08/2021
San Diego Gives

Tomorrow's the day, but early giving is underway for #SanDiegoGives! Your support of San Diego County's local nonprofits is hugely appreciated. Learn more about San Diego Gives.

Join us on September 9, 2021 for the first ever local day of giving for San Diego, with #SanDiegoGives!

It's #CABiodiversityDay! Join the week-long celebration of all the incredible plants and animals that call our state hom...
09/07/2021
Community Science

It's #CABiodiversityDay! Join the week-long celebration of all the incredible plants and animals that call our state home. All you have to do is add your photos of wildlife to the state-wide iNaturalist.org project or pick one of our ongoing community science projects.
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Want to explore the natural world and simultaneously contribute to science? Then join the global community science movement.

It’s #NationalWildlifeDay and our eyes are on our canyons. San Diego is home to more than 150 canyons that provide impor...
09/04/2021

It’s #NationalWildlifeDay and our eyes are on our canyons. San Diego is home to more than 150 canyons that provide important benefits for people, plants, and animals. In fact, they are home to dozens of rare, threatened, and endangered species. Those include three featured here: the coastal California gnatcatcher (threatened and Species of Special Concern), San Diego barrel cactus (rare), and California legless lizard (Species of Special Concern).

Have you ever seen them?

#HealthyCanyons - sdnat.org/canyons

HI THERE! 🦈 Next week is the first-ever San Diego Gives. This special day of giving across San Diego County highlights t...
09/03/2021

HI THERE! 🦈 Next week is the first-ever San Diego Gives. This special day of giving across San Diego County highlights the work of local nonprofits throughout our community. The Nat is excited to participate. So on September 9, please give to the organizations you love.

Meg here will be all smiles of gratitude. https://www.sandiegogives.org/organization/The-Nat

HI THERE! 🦈 Next week is the first-ever San Diego Gives. This special day of giving across San Diego County highlights the work of local nonprofits throughout our community. The Nat is excited to participate. So on September 9, please give to the organizations you love.

Meg here will be all smiles of gratitude. https://www.sandiegogives.org/organization/The-Nat

Did you hear about the flower who went on a date with another flower?.....It's a budding romance. 🌷Want more love of nat...
09/01/2021

Did you hear about the flower who went on a date with another flower?
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It's a budding romance. 🌷

Want more love of nature in your inbox?
Want science news to spruce up your next conversation?
Maybe you want recommended hikes!
Or maybe you just love The Nat. (We love you, too.)

Subscribe to any of our e-newsletters for updates both timely and silly:
https://bit.ly/TheNatNews_Subscribe

📸: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, CA; photo by Michael Field

Did you hear about the flower who went on a date with another flower?
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It's a budding romance. 🌷

Want more love of nature in your inbox?
Want science news to spruce up your next conversation?
Maybe you want recommended hikes!
Or maybe you just love The Nat. (We love you, too.)

Subscribe to any of our e-newsletters for updates both timely and silly:
https://bit.ly/TheNatNews_Subscribe

📸: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, CA; photo by Michael Field

Hey nature nerds! 🌿 The Nat is hiring for various full-time and part-time positions across numerous departments. Interes...
08/30/2021
Employment Opportunities

Hey nature nerds! 🌿 The Nat is hiring for various full-time and part-time positions across numerous departments. Interested?

Interested in becoming a member of our team? From field research to in-museum work, you can view our current needs here.

About 2 million years ago, much of coastal San Diego County was underwater. With regional uplift raising the old seafloo...
08/27/2021

About 2 million years ago, much of coastal San Diego County was underwater. With regional uplift raising the old seafloors and the ocean retreating, rivers and streams flowing out of the eastern mountains carved out the many canyons you see throughout the area today. Because many of these canyons are difficult to build on, they’ve remained relatively undeveloped even as human populations boomed. Canyons are bastions of habitat for flora and fauna today.

Satellite image from Google Earth, featuring Ruffin Canyon.

#HealthyCanyons - sdnat.org/canyons

About 2 million years ago, much of coastal San Diego County was underwater. With regional uplift raising the old seafloors and the ocean retreating, rivers and streams flowing out of the eastern mountains carved out the many canyons you see throughout the area today. Because many of these canyons are difficult to build on, they’ve remained relatively undeveloped even as human populations boomed. Canyons are bastions of habitat for flora and fauna today.

Satellite image from Google Earth, featuring Ruffin Canyon.

#HealthyCanyons - sdnat.org/canyons

Winner, winner, fig beetle dinner! 🍴 One of our staff photographed this Noble False Widow having a king's feast. The Nob...
08/25/2021

Winner, winner, fig beetle dinner! 🍴 One of our staff photographed this Noble False Widow having a king's feast. The Noble False Widow (Steatoda nobilis) is native to the Canary Islands and just started showing up in Southern California in 2011. Now it is one of the more common spiders around people's homes in SoCal. Despite have "widow" in its name, it isn't dangerously venomous to people, just beetles.

Winner, winner, fig beetle dinner! 🍴 One of our staff photographed this Noble False Widow having a king's feast. The Noble False Widow (Steatoda nobilis) is native to the Canary Islands and just started showing up in Southern California in 2011. Now it is one of the more common spiders around people's homes in SoCal. Despite have "widow" in its name, it isn't dangerously venomous to people, just beetles.

08/24/2021
Leopard Sharks Underwater

You might have seen that fantastic drone footage of leopard sharks recently in the news or last month in our Outdoors newsletter. Now here's a little glimpse under the water.

In late summer, the warm and shallow waters of San Diego provide the perfect spot for leopard sharks to relax and prepare for the arrival of their babies. Leopard sharks are unique in that they are one of the few shark species that give live birth to their young, as opposed to most others that lay eggs. It’s a surprising sight to see sharks in shallow water, but people come from all around to enjoy watching these docile sharks.

Special thanks to the incredible Scott Fairchild for this video.

You can learn more about San Diego's seasonal phenomena in our blog post: https://bit.ly/SummerInSoCal

08/20/2021
Extraordinary Ideas: Animated

Happy five years of Extraordinary Ideas! 🥳

The Nat’s research library houses a 56,000-volume collection of rare books, art, photographs, and historic documents. They used to be kept behind closed doors, but in 2016 the museum transformed part of this back-of-house space into an exhibition for all. Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People celebrates community science, something we hold near and dear. ✨ Check it out on your next visit or learn more at sdnat.org/extraordinaryideas

Let's hit the trails! 🥾 The San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers return with a new season of guided, interpretati...
08/19/2021
Canyoneer Hikes

Let's hit the trails! 🥾 The San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers return with a new season of guided, interpretative nature hikes. The season starts in September and continues with 56 more hikes through June 2022. We're going all over the county and have hikes for every interest and ability.

The hikes are free, but advance online registration is required. For more details and to RSVP, check out www.sdnat.org/canyoneers

Hikes are made possible by our incredible volunteers and proud partner Subaru of America, Inc.

Canyoneers are trained naturalists who offer free, guided nature hikes throughout the County.

A story of beauty and poison—no apples though. 🚫 For #MothMonday, we’d like you to meet the rattlebox moth, otherwise kn...
08/16/2021

A story of beauty and poison—no apples though. 🚫 For #MothMonday, we’d like you to meet the rattlebox moth, otherwise known as the bella moth (Utetheisa ornatrix). This moth comes in multiple different pattern types as an adult and all are equally stunning. The caterpillars feed on plants in the genus Crotalaria (aka rattlepods) in order to obtain pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are poisonous compounds used to deter predators.

Interestingly, the adults have a complex mating system in which the females compete with one another to mate with the most males, each of which gives the female nutrients, s***m, and even more alkaloids. Honestly, who doesn’t want more alkaloids?

A story of beauty and poison—no apples though. 🚫 For #MothMonday, we’d like you to meet the rattlebox moth, otherwise known as the bella moth (Utetheisa ornatrix). This moth comes in multiple different pattern types as an adult and all are equally stunning. The caterpillars feed on plants in the genus Crotalaria (aka rattlepods) in order to obtain pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are poisonous compounds used to deter predators.

Interestingly, the adults have a complex mating system in which the females compete with one another to mate with the most males, each of which gives the female nutrients, s***m, and even more alkaloids. Honestly, who doesn’t want more alkaloids?

Excuse me. Yes, hello. I am tiny and I demand your undivided attention. Today is World Lizard Day and we’re marking the ...
08/14/2021

Excuse me. Yes, hello. I am tiny and I demand your undivided attention.

Today is World Lizard Day and we’re marking the occasion by highlighting one of our favorite native species: Phrynosoma mcallii, otherwise known as the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard.

This adorable lizard has the most limited distribution of any horned lizard species in the United States. Listed as a California Species of Special Concern, it can be found in the low elevation deserts of southern California, southwestern Arizona, northern Sonora, and Baja California.

Thanks to The Nat’s historic collections, we know where Flat-tailed Horned Lizards have been found in the past and that helps us figure out where we can find them today. Over the last three years, we’ve continued assessing population health through field surveys. All of this helps us identify where conservation efforts should be prioritized.

Featured in the photo is just a baby Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, but don't you want to make the world a better place for such a cute spikey little one? Cheers to the lizards! Happy #WorldLizardDay!

Excuse me. Yes, hello. I am tiny and I demand your undivided attention.

Today is World Lizard Day and we’re marking the occasion by highlighting one of our favorite native species: Phrynosoma mcallii, otherwise known as the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard.

This adorable lizard has the most limited distribution of any horned lizard species in the United States. Listed as a California Species of Special Concern, it can be found in the low elevation deserts of southern California, southwestern Arizona, northern Sonora, and Baja California.

Thanks to The Nat’s historic collections, we know where Flat-tailed Horned Lizards have been found in the past and that helps us figure out where we can find them today. Over the last three years, we’ve continued assessing population health through field surveys. All of this helps us identify where conservation efforts should be prioritized.

Featured in the photo is just a baby Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, but don't you want to make the world a better place for such a cute spikey little one? Cheers to the lizards! Happy #WorldLizardDay!

BOOP THE SNOOT! Meet Otto and learn more about the life of this rare sea lion pup in our newest film Sea Lions: Life by ...
08/14/2021

BOOP THE SNOOT! Meet Otto and learn more about the life of this rare sea lion pup in our newest film Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, now showing in The Subaru Giant Screen Experience.

Planning to visit this weekend? Here's a list of daily showings: sdnat.org/giantscreentheater

BOOP THE SNOOT! Meet Otto and learn more about the life of this rare sea lion pup in our newest film Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, now showing in The Subaru Giant Screen Experience.

Planning to visit this weekend? Here's a list of daily showings: sdnat.org/giantscreentheater

What dinosaur will always help with your sunburn? .....The Allosaurus. Cheers to the shameless nerds who laughed as hard...
08/11/2021

What dinosaur will always help with your sunburn?
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The Allosaurus.

Cheers to the shameless nerds who laughed as hard as we did while writing that. We've got something for you at shop.sdnhm.org.

And if you didn't even snort derisively, well... we've got something for you, too. Purchases from our online store support our mission. So browse, shop, and nerd out: shop.sdnhm.org

What dinosaur will always help with your sunburn?
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The Allosaurus.

Cheers to the shameless nerds who laughed as hard as we did while writing that. We've got something for you at shop.sdnhm.org.

And if you didn't even snort derisively, well... we've got something for you, too. Purchases from our online store support our mission. So browse, shop, and nerd out: shop.sdnhm.org

Meet Buster."Buster has different levels of anger: his most mild is a buzzing call, which he has the audacity to direct ...
08/11/2021

Meet Buster.

"Buster has different levels of anger: his most mild is a buzzing call, which he has the audacity to direct toward me if I venture out onto the deck in daylight. ... DEFCON 4 is a dive bomb directed toward intruders, while buzzing angrily. Sometimes this will dislodge much larger birds from the feeder, but most often he is ignored."

In our latest blog, President and CEO Judy Gradwohl describes Buster, her new office mate, and the drama that has been unfolding outside her home office during the pandemic.

The story: https://bit.ly/Natures-Office-Politics

Meet Buster.

"Buster has different levels of anger: his most mild is a buzzing call, which he has the audacity to direct toward me if I venture out onto the deck in daylight. ... DEFCON 4 is a dive bomb directed toward intruders, while buzzing angrily. Sometimes this will dislodge much larger birds from the feeder, but most often he is ignored."

In our latest blog, President and CEO Judy Gradwohl describes Buster, her new office mate, and the drama that has been unfolding outside her home office during the pandemic.

The story: https://bit.ly/Natures-Office-Politics

Yesterday, the IPCC issued a new report, describing a "code red for humanity" in the face of climate change. It was sobe...
08/10/2021
What The U.S. Can Do About The Dire Climate Change Report

Yesterday, the IPCC issued a new report, describing a "code red for humanity" in the face of climate change. It was sobering to read, but it reiterates what we’ve already known: we must take action. We must support a planet that supports us.
https://www.npr.org/2021/08/09/1026131599/climate-change-report-takeaways-biden-administration

Allison Crimmins, who heads the National Climate Assessment, says the U.N.'s landmark report confirms the need for "significant, sustained action" to reduce emissions.

It's warm out there. Need some at-home activities for the kids? This is the last week to get one of our Summer Science A...
08/09/2021
The Nat @ Home

It's warm out there. Need some at-home activities for the kids? This is the last week to get one of our Summer Science Activity Kits to take home! August is all about Birds and Botany. 🐦🌿

Get yours before Friday, August 13 : www.sdnat.org/at-home

From lesson plans, online activities, behind the scenes videos, and more, the San Diego Natural History Museum offers education resources for all ages interested in learning about the natural world.

Don’t want to keep it? Thanks for leaving your visitor sticker on one of the boards located at each exit. They look pret...
08/06/2021

Don’t want to keep it? Thanks for leaving your visitor sticker on one of the boards located at each exit.

They look pretty artsy over time. 🦖 🎨

You can plan ahead at sdnat.org/visit

Don’t want to keep it? Thanks for leaving your visitor sticker on one of the boards located at each exit.

They look pretty artsy over time. 🦖 🎨

You can plan ahead at sdnat.org/visit

Wednesday mood? Caption this gorgeous face. ✨Serpentum, et draconum historiae libri duo 1640. Ulyssis Aldrovandi 1522-16...
08/04/2021

Wednesday mood? Caption this gorgeous face. ✨

Serpentum, et draconum historiae libri duo 1640. Ulyssis Aldrovandi 1522-1605. From our Research Library's Rare Books Collection. This collection includes many titles on natural history dating from the 1500s through the 1900s.

Wednesday mood? Caption this gorgeous face. ✨

Serpentum, et draconum historiae libri duo 1640. Ulyssis Aldrovandi 1522-1605. From our Research Library's Rare Books Collection. This collection includes many titles on natural history dating from the 1500s through the 1900s.

08/02/2021
Geometer Moth Caterpillar

Inch by inch! 🐛 With their name derived from the Ancient Greek "geo" meaning "the earth" and "metron" meaning "measure," caterpillars in the moth family Geometridae appear to measure each step with their distinct, looping gait. This #MothMonday, we're fascinated by these fantastically fastidious crawlers.

🎥: courtesy Jon Cox, Flickr. https://flic.kr/p/2iiJgoc

Photos of local geometer moths from our collection are in the comments.

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1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Bus: The Museum is on the #7 bus line, which runs very frequently between downtown San Diego (along Broadway for most of the downtown portion of the route), east San Diego, and La Mesa (along University for most of eastern portion). Trolley: Take any trolley into downtown San Diego. Get off at the City College stop (Park Blvd. and C St.). Transfer to the outbound #7 bus just around the corner at 11th Ave. and C St.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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(619) 232-3821

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Our mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The Nat has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its research collection, exhibitions, films, and programs, the Museum fosters in visitors of all ages a lifelong love of nature and the environment. Current Exhibitions: http://www.sdnat.org/currentexhibitions

Events Calendar: https://www.sdnat.org/calendar/ Hours and Admission: http://www.sdnat.org/visit/admission/ Theater Schedule: http://www.sdnat.org/giantscreentheater Membership: http://www.sdnat.org/membership Private Events: http://epubs.hawthornpublications.com/sandiegonaturalhistorymuseum/

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