Nature News

Dont' miss our public open house: Cross Pollination- the Art and Science of Natural History at the Hay Barn on Nov. 12 & 13!

Norris Center Student Project Award Applications are due Thursday Nov 17

Applications for Spring 2017 ENVS 107-Natural History Field Quarter are available and due Jan. 24, 2017 by 5pm. 

We just received a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to curate and digitize 30,000 specimens from the Randall Morgan Insect Collection!


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


“Beauty- the mountain clasps me, as it does you, in its peace, touches me with its whispering wind freighted with desert incense, and in every fallen silvered stick, every cone, every shadow and every swooping bird, every musical stone clinking under my feet.  I love this land, and every place we’ve been, to the deepest recesses of all that I am.”


Nature Notes

I spy with my naturalist eye something... white! There's been a rare leucistic Anna's hummingbird spotted at the UCSC arboretum! Individuals with leucistic characteristics experience a loss of pigmentation in their skin, hair, feathers, scales, or cuticles, but unlike those with albinism, their eyes are unaffected. Photo by Cathian Summa-Wolfe.