Mission Statement

Norris-Center-logoThe Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History is dedicated to cultivating natural history skills for students of all ages, fostering each student's passion for the natural world, and supporting natural history research that serves as the basis for understanding the complex and rapidly changing ecosystems around us.

In Ken's Words


“I was a naturalist down to my toes and fingertips-teetering between art and science, seeking synthesis.”

Nature Notes

Spring has sprung and so has the Pacific hound's tongue (Cynoglossum grande). Watch your ankles because these native wildflowers will lick ya! Look for theses purple beauties around campus especially near the edge of the forest!