Nature News

Check out our new natural history art workshops! Our second workshop is April 16th, 1-5pm: Landscape Explorations in Watercolor Workshop, lead by Erika Perloff.

On April 23 from 1:30-2:30pm the Norris Center and the Seymour Center are presenting Artist as Explorer: Painting in Tandem with Scientific Field Research, hosted at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

To all Natural History Field Quarter Alumni: Come to our 45th reunion celebration coming up this April 29-30. Click here to go straight to our registration page!

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


In this process, I must throw away failed ideas as quickly as I pose my new questions.  My ‘throwing away muscles’ must be just as good as my ‘asking muscles.’  I call this process ‘spinning the wheel.

Nature Notes

Slime Mold

Keep your eyes peeled for slime molds on campus! These small and funky organisms are essentially brainless, giant cells. They move slowly to find bacteria, fungi and other decaying organic matter to feed on. Look for them on logs, trees, in leaf litter or growing on vegetation.