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.  Click here to read more and contribute to our initiative to carry on his good work.

In Ken's Words


“I was a naturalist down to my toes and fingertips-teetering between art and science, seeking synthesis.”

Nature Notes

Happy spring, the flowers are out! Grab your Jepson and your hand lens to key out these beautiful, pale blue shrubberies so you can tell your friends, 'see I know this!'