Upcoming Norris Center Events 

Look. Act. Inspire: Sustaining & Expanding the Community of Naturalists in Santa Cruz County

Our exhibition was open from Jan - June 2021. It is now closed but you can check out a the web-version of the exhibit  here:


Past Look, Act, Inspire Events:


If you missed our virtual opening on January 31, here is a link to the recording, and a compilation of the participant's hommages to inspirational Santa Cruz Country nature and naturalists. 

If you missed Christian Schwarz's wonderful first lecture on fire-following fungi, here's a link to the recording

If you missed our March 7th event on nature journaling with Jessica Carver, here's a link to the recording.

If you missed our April 13th event about Randy Morgan's Collections, here's a link to the recording.

Our past event on April 25th "Celebrating Earth" and on May 6th "Ethnobotany with Rick Flores" was in-person and does not have a recording.

If you missed our May 19th event about Coast Redwoods and Fire with Zane Moore, here's a link to the recording.

If you missed our June 14th event "Hidden Wonders" where Jessica Carver and a team of intern worked to refinish some of Fred McPherson's old videos, you can check out the videos in a playist here.


Other Norris Center Events

What Makes Us Human: An Art + Genomics Convergence

November 12, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Featuring art from the Norris Center's Art-Science Residency program, What Makes Us Human is an art exhibit that assembles contributions from researchers at the cutting edge of their fields in the arts, the humanities and the sciences. Learn more here.


Other Santa Cruz Area Natural History Events

Santa Cruz Natural History Museum 

SCMNH has lots of great lectures, events, and workshops. Visit their website for more information on their upcoming events, lectures, and workshops. 

Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Younger Lagoon

The Seymour Center has frequent lectures on marine biology, leads many outreach events for the public, and offers public tours of the nearby Younger Lagoon. Check out their events calendar here.

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has great exhibits on everything natural history related about Monterey County. Each year they also feature the natural history illustrations of CSUMB's students. Those students visit the Norris Center during their class, and do really great work. Check out the museum's current offerings, and especially visit for the CSUMB student artwork.