Field Quarter 45th Alumni Reunion

Put your whole self in and join us for the 45th NHFQ Alumni Reunion!

On April 29th-30th, as part of UCSC's Alumni Weekend 2017, we're hosting a reunion to celebrate Field Quarter's 45th year.  Unlike our last reunion, which we celebrated on campus, this year we will be camping together at Little Basin State Park in Boulder Creek, CA.  Please join us for a weekend of reminiscing, seeing old friends and making new ones, botanizing, journaling, birding, sketching, observing, questioning, and rekindling that amazing NHFQ fire within us all. In addition to gathering to be together, we also join forces to pay tribute and honor one of our most beloved teachers and friends, Breck Tyler! This is destined to be a reunion of epic proportions so save the date and read on for details!

Click here for a comprehensive list of all the instructors, TAs, and students who have participated in NHFQ from 1973 to 2016.

THIS SITE WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED: We are going to be updating and adding to this page from now until the event. Please continue to check back for more information. You can also stay in the loop by joining the UCSC Field Quarter Facebook group.

Our Registration page is up and running!

You must register in order to attend the reunion.  We need an accurate count in order to buy food and we also need everyone to pitch in to pay for reserving Little Basin. Registration is $40, which includes camping and dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast on Sunday morning.  


After you've registered, please reach out to your FQ friends and remind them about this event.  The more alumni who come, the better!

General schedule

Saturday, April 29th 2017

1-4pm: Arrival, camp set-up, and guided natural history walks including birding, botanizing, sketching, etc.

4-5pm: Official gathering, introductions, and nature notes and species lists from our hiking groups

5:15-7pm: Dinner and finish camp set-up

7-whenever: Honoring ceremony for Breck, BARN DANCE, hanging out around the fire

Sunday, April 30th 2017

6:30-9:30am: Birding walks, morning natural history activities, buffet breakfast

10am: Closing ceremony and goodbyes

FQ tribe ambassadors

We need help finding everyone and letting them know about this event! We are still missing A LOT of e-mail addresses for NHFQ alumni and we need to do our best to get everyone to the event. If you are someone willing to work on getting YOUR Field Quarter classmates to the event, we could REALLY use your help! Check out our Ambassador Sign Up Sheet to volunteer!

Honoring Breck Tyler

One of the main reasons we are holding this event is to honor Breck Tyler's (30ish???) years of dedicated service to Field Quarter. He has taught more NHFQ courses than anyone else, inspired hundreds if not thousands of naturalists, and fought tirelessly to ensure the future of this program. It is with great honor that we can come together to honor this beloved teacher, mentor, and friend. 

In order to honor Breck, we are asking that everyone who knows him or learned from him, contribute to our ceremony. We have created a "Tribute" account where everyone can record a quick 20-30 second video honoring Breck and submit to our account. We will then work on editing that footage into a short film for Breck. These need to be submitted by April 1st. Why not get a head start and submit your video clip now! 


The cost of the event is $40. This is a flat fee whether you are planning on camping with us or not. The cost covers 2 meals, reservation of the site, and supplies for the event. Please register as soon as the registration page goes live to ensure your spot at Little Basin. There is a 350 person maximum for overnight camping and we want to make sure you can be there with us!

Sleeping Arrangements

Generally, most people will be camping out in the large field or in designated campsites. There are however options for reserving cabins to sleep in. Cabins sleep up to 8 people and come with bunkbeds and basic mattresses. The total cost of reserving a cabin is an additional $60. This price would be split by whoever is going in on a cabin together. There are only a few cabins to reserve so please e-mail us directly if this is something you would like to reserve. 

What to Bring

Check out our packing list to make sure you have everything you need for the weekend!

Camping gear

Tent/sleeping shelter

sleeping bag

sleeping pad

warm clothes



Natural history gear (binos, journal, jepson, hand lens, snazzy naturalist vest, etc)

day pack (if planning on going on a hike)

Comfortable hiking clothes and sun protection

Your dancing shoes!

Reunion things (optional)

Photos/shirts/memorabilia from your field quarter

Your FQ journal

Musical instruments

Things for Breck: Letters, drawings, copies of journal pages

Business cards or brochures about your work (in case younger alumni want more information about jobs/networking)

The big blue bus