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Keynote Address, UCSC Natural History Symposium: Thinking Like a Naturalist

March 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Keynote Address

Did you know that your powers of observation and curiosity are not static traits but skills that you can develop and enhance? How can you get more out of every nature ramble? Developments in neuropsychology have opened doors in our understanding of the brain and cognition and how you can train yourself to see more and to be more curious about what you discover. Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study, classroom, or family outings. You will learn an adaptable five-step approach that will dramatically increase your memory and observational skills, focus and heighten your curiosity, help you think more creatively, and give you a framework for exploring mysteries in nature. A perfect experience for teachers, home school parents, and anyone interested in taking their nature study to the next level.

UCSC Natural History Symposium

Join us in celebrating the natural world of UC Santa Cruz with your student naturalist community at the UCSC Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History – Natural Science 2, rm 239. 

  • Time 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Free admission and dinner with potluck celebration (contributions are encouraged but not required)
  • Norris Center open house
  • Displays from the museum
  • Collections and student field journals
  • Student presentations from different fields of study
  • Optional nature walk before event! Join us at 3:00 at the top of the bike path (near Music Center) for an exploration of the Great Meadow. All are welcome.


March 4, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History
(831) 459-4763


Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History
UC Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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(831) 459-4763

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