Nature News

The Norris Center is open for the summer! Open hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am- 3pm.

Watch a great new short documentary on the UC Natural Reserve Systems here.

Registration for the 2016 California Naturalist Conference is happening now! Click here for more information and to sign up.

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! Read the write-up here.


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


And my kinship with all the earths’ biota, even the simplest flatworm, does not degrade me. Instead, it makes me, and you, miraculous.  I know this because I walk in the midst of beauty and love and a perfection of sand, stones, water, and life.“


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.