Nature News

The Norris Center is open for spring quarter! Open hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am- 4pm.

Kylie Smith's Field Guide to Pogonip can be found at the Golf Club Drive and Spring Street entrances into Pogonip. 

The Field Guide to Spiders of UC Santa Cruz by Maycee Hash is now available on Amazon!

ENVS-106A: Natural History of Birds and ENVS-15: Natural History of UCSC are offered Summer Session 2016. Sign up now!

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

FawnOn campus around this time of year, fawns can be seen wandering with their mothers never far behind. Unlike humans who take their first steps when they're around one year old, fawns master the art of walking in the first few hours of their life. Photo by Evan Silk.