Nature News

This Fall Quarter, the Norris Center will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 10am- 4pm.

Check out Laurel Wee's (UCSC Environmental Studies 2016) Mobile Ranger Tree Tour of Downtown Santa Cruz

Cross-Pollination: The Art and Science of Local Natural History - Come to our Open House on November 12-13 at the UCSC Hay Barn! 

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.”