Support Our Work

Randy Morgan Collection interns Daniel, Marican and Jade work to catalog Randy's thousands of insect specimens.

Donations are essential for the Norris Center’s continued growth and development as a leader in natural history education and research. You can support us in several ways:


Students learn Field Quarter history at the Bunny Club, a cabin built by Ken Norris.

Support the Norris Center & Natural Reserves Art-Science Initiative. Your donation will support our efforts to increase field-based student learning across campus, offer more art-science opportunities at our reserves, and begin a Natural Reserves Biodiversity Re-survey.

Make a donation to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History current-use fund


some red mushroomsSupport The Norris Center Mycology and Citizen Science Initiative. Your gift will go directly toward funding our first Natural History of Fungi class taught by Christian Schwarz in Winter Quarter 2019. 

Make a donation to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History current-use fund. Please write "Mycology and Citizen Science Initiative" in the Notes or special instructions for my gift field.



a tiger beetleSupport the Randall Morgan Collections and Santa Cruz Natural History InitiativeYour gift will honor, preserve, and build upon Morgan's legacy. It will provide for stewardship of his collections and afford students the opportunity to develop similar observational and taxonomic skills at environmentally sensitive sites in Santa Cruz county.

Make a donation to the Randall Morgan Natural History Initiative.



students in the field in the sierras

Support the Norris Center Endowment fund. The Norris Center endowment helps support the core staff of the Norris Center, including the Center Director and student assistants, as well as seed funds for new programs.

Make a donation to the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History Endowment.



Students observe the wonder of Half Dome together from Olmstead Point. Support the Natural History Field Quarter. Your donation will support scholarships to offset field course fees and purchase supplies for NHFQ  Click here to donate to Natural History Field Quarter.



Other gifts by check to the Norris Center can be made by downloading and filling out the Gift Form or with your own letter or note designating how you’d like your gift directed. Please make checks payable to the “UCSC Foundation” with a note in the memo line indicating Kenneth Norris Center for Natural HIstory, or some other designation. Gifts can be sent to the address below.

Social Sciences Division
Development Office
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Gifts of stock, real estate, and in-kind goods and services are equally appreciated as are donations from your business or matching gifts through your company. All gifts are fully tax-deductible and every penny counts.

Please contact with any questions that you may have about gifts.

Thank you!