History of Field Quarter

The Big Blue Bus

In 1973, the late professor Kenneth Norris started a field-based environmental studies class called Natural History Field Quarter (NHFQ).

“We’re off on the greatest adventure of our lives!” he would exclaim as they piled into a big blue bus headed toward the Mojave Desert.

Over 40 years later, Natural History Field Quarter continues to promise great adventures, experiential learning, environmental connection and above all, an unforgettable experience for 28 UCSC undergraduates each spring.