Nature News

We're supporting 3 classes this Fall 2017! ENVS 15- Natural History of the UCSC Campus, ENVS 18- Natural History Illustration, and BIOE 82- Introduction to Field Research and Conservation.  All 3 classes have no prerequisites and are open to any major. Students are admitted by application only to ENVS 15 and BIOE 82. Applications are due by midnight September 4. ENVS 18 is full but we hope to offer it again in the spring.

 Randall Morgan

This June, we lost a dear friend, mentor, and one of Santa Cruz County's great naturalists. Morgan's passion to understand and protect local biodiversity was monumental. His legacy will live on through the Norris Center's continued work with his collections and young aspiring naturalists. Join us on September 3rd at the Arboretum from 4-8 pm to celebrate and remember Randy. Click here to read more and contribute to our initiative to carry on his good work.

In Ken's Words


“Though we humans are very little poker chips in life’s game, we must realize that together we impact the Earth, and we must act accordingly.” 


Nature Notes

rattlesnake plantain flowers'Tis the season of blooming orchids! The glory of spring wildflowers may be over, but the summer months are host to some curious botanical finds, such as Goodyera oblongifolia and Piperia transversa. With careful searching, you just may spot one of these secretive plants growing in the forests of Upper Campus.