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UCSB Natural History Collection News

Calling all seaweed aficionados! Join the Cheadle Center in Cambria, CA for three day seaweed adventure!


The UCSB Algae Herbarium is awarded a new Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America grant!


Upcoming Events

NCOS Education Resumes with Pre-k Field Trips!

We are excited to resume educational visits this summer after over a year of restrictions that prevented organized field trips to North Campus Open Space. Currently ongoing is a collaboration with Orfalea Family Children’s Center (OFCC) funded by UCSB’s Coastal Fund. NCOS’s proximity to OFCC makes it an ideal destination for these 2- to 5-year-olds to explore, learn, and connect with nature. Click here to learn more about these exciting field trips!  

David Chapman and the UC Santa Barbara historic seaweed collection

In memory of Dr. David Chapman, the Curator of Algae at the Cheadle Center, and long-time UCSB faculty member. David is pictured here teaching phycology on Catalina Island.


Community Insights at NCOS

As the restoration of North Campus Open Space progresses, the site’s benefits are increasingly felt. While we have already conducted surveys of the site's visitors to determine the top reasons people come out to NCOS, we wanted to take the chance to hear specific anecdotes from a number of community members regarding the role of NCOS in their lives. Click here to read insights from individuals who shared what NCOS means to them. 

North Campus Open Space Restoration Project

NCOS News - September 2021

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Updates - Phelps Creek Dredging, Tarplant Hybridization, Ethnobotany Tour

Feature Story - NCOS Education Resumes with Pre-K Field Trips!

Community Forum and Photos - Baby Lizards, Hunting Raptors, and more!

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