Friends of the Norris Natural History Programs

Friends Group pictureThe Friends of the Norris Natural History Programs was originally created as a group of UCSC alumni, staff, and Norris family members.  This group played a vital role in crafting a grant proposal to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2014 which was then funded to establish 2 endowments, one for UCSC's Natural History Field Quarter (NHFQ) class and one for the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History.

The Friends promote and further the educational principles and values of Professor Ken Norris, the natural history programs he created and engendered, and more broadly, the practice of natural history. The Friends will have the following responsibilities:

  • Advise the UCSC staff and faculty administering and operating the NHFQ and the Norris Center endowments.
  • Review annual reports prepared by the NHFQ Executive Committee and the Norris Center Executive Committee.
  • Develop ideas for improvements and expansion of the programs.
  • Fundraise to expand these programs.
  • Sponsor and organize natural history alumni reunion and educational events.
  • Work with UCSC personnel to maintain a robust database of alumni to encourage professional networking.
  • Provide a means for periodic news reports and encourage communication among students and alumni about natural history and current Norris Center programs.

The Friends group is open to all who support NHFQ and the programs of the Norris Center. We anticipate particular interest and leadership from current students, alumni, faculty, staff members of the NHFQ and Norris Center programs, Norris family members, and others who were influenced by Professor Norris or the Norris Center programs.