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

Ken-singing“Each animal and plant has its strategy, its place-and-time; each beats the odds in its own fashion.”

Nature Notes

monarch-butterflyMonarch butterflies are making their way back to the mild California Coast to overwinter after a long migration. They can be seen in local hotspots such as Natural Bridges or Lighthouse State Beach.