Directions and Contact Info

Location and Hours

 We welcome visitors from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Friday. Outside of normal hours, please contact Chris Lay (, or the Norris Center email ( to set up another time to visit.

The Norris Center is located in Room 239 of the Natural Sciences 2 building of UC Santa Cruz. You can find us on Google Maps here. See more detailed directions below:


The Norris Center is located in UC Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz is located at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, approximately 60 miles south of San Francisco. 

You can click here to find us on Google Maps.


map of science hill with star on the norris center and walking path from the core west parking structure to the norris center

If you are coming by car during our normal hours, you will have to stop at the main parking kiosk here, then get a parking pass that will allow you to park in the Core West Parking Lot. From the Core West Parking Lot, it's a 5 minute walk to us at the Norris Center.

Click here for a map of main campus.








If you are dropping off/picking up specimens, please contact the Norris Center for information on temporary (10 minute maximum) parking.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History

Mailstop: ENVS

UCSC 1156 High St.

Santa Cruz, CA 95064



(831) 459-4763