Events at the Norris Center


Writing the Lives of Plants and Animals with Gary Nabhan

gary nabhans book coverSunday, February 23, 1-4 PM

Join award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan for an afternoon of hands-on exercises of observing, tasting, smelling, and writing to get us closer to how plants and animals themselves communicate. In addition mark you calendars and come to Gary's public talk at the UCSC Hay Barn on Monday February 24th at 7pm. Entitled "Food from the Radical Center: How Collaborative Conservation Is Healing Wounds & Creating Green Livelihoods in the Rural West", Gary will outline the 'radical center' approach to solving environmental problems that has emerged in the rural West.

Natural History Printmaking with Emily Underwood

print outlines of acorn woodpeckersSunday, March 8, 10-4PM

Join Norris Center nature illustration instructor Emily Underwood for an introduction to the fundamentals of linoleum block printmaking. Draw inspiration from the Norris Center's natural history specimen collection to make your own block prints. Or bring your own images or artwork to transfer to a print



Lectures and Symposia

Gary Nabhan: Food From the Radical Center

gary nabhans faceMonday, February 24, 7PM at the Cowell Hay Barn

Award-winning author, ecologist, and activist Gary Nabhan will give a free lecture open to the public about how collaborative conservation is healing the wounds and creating green livelihoods in the Rural West. See more on the UCSC events calendar 

Natural History Symposium and Open House

A patch from a natural history symposiumFriday, March 6, 4-8PM

Mark your calendars: we will hold our third natural history symposium on Friday March 6! We'll have exhibits, short presentations from several undergraduates involved in a diversity of projects that incorporate natural history, an alumni panel that will discuss how they incorporate natural history into their jobs, and a keynote speaker. Stay tuned for more details and RSVP information in future emails.



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.