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Packard Foundation Awards $2 Million in Support of Natural History Fieldwork

originally posted by Philanthropy News Digest
April 4, 2014

The University of California, Santa Cruz has announced gifts totaling $2 million from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in support of natural history fieldwork.

The two $1 million gifts honor the legacy of Kenneth S. Norris, a UCSC professor of natural history who believed deeply in the value of field-based education. One gift will be used to create an endowment that supports the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History, which will build on the existing UCSC Museum of Natural History collection of more than 125,000 specimens, while the second gift will support the Natural History Field Quarter, an immersive course that Norris founded at UCSC more than forty years ago. The funds also will be used to establish a competitive grants program in support of undergraduate natural history research projects.

“UC Santa Cruz is a pioneer in hands-on learning and field education,” said UCSC chancellor George Blumenthal. “This very generous gift guarantees that Ken Norris’s legacy for creating transformative student experiences will continue for many years to come. We are grateful to the Packard Foundation for its generosity and vision.”

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