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An Unnatural History of UCSC An Unnatural History of UCSC
Editor: Jeff Arnett

Book Description

Since it first opened, UCSC's 2000 acres of forest have lured students seeking adventure, a respite from work, and spiritual guidance into the wandering wood. An evocative landscape of the mind that resembles sites in Spenser's Faerie Queene and Tolkien's modern allegories, the campus contains places symbolically named "Elfland." "Faerie Ring Redwood Grove," "End of the World Pool," "Wayfarer's Den," "Den of Justice," "Dell of the Winds," "Bridge to Heaven," and "Peace Fort." Stories abound throughout UCSC's forty year history of inspiration, illumination and enlightenment available in the backwood trails on campus.

An Unnatural History of UCSC, a new student-written publication, gathers some of this evocative, sometimes poignant, history through alumni reminiscences, newspaper accounts, and photographic archives. One chapter, "Elfland: A Trip Back in Time," for example, describes a poetics of space (Gaston Bachelard's eponymous term), revealing a campus mythic legacy previously available to most of us almost exclusively through oral tradition.

If you're interested in finding out what a deer-cow or a morad is, or you're curious about John o' the Woods or King of the Elves, two inhabitants at one time or another of our campus, check out this book. You may discover a hermetic aspect of college familiar to your parents' generation.

--Don Rothman
Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Writing
Director Emeritus, Central California Writing Project


The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus
Edited by Tonya M. Haff, Martha T. Brown, W. Breck Tyler
Second Edition

Now Available

Book Description
With its stunning Monterey Bay views and unmatched scenery, UC Santa Cruz is arguably the most beautiful university campus in the world. This guide to UCSCís history, geology, plants, fungi and animals offers an in-depth look at an extraordinary landscape. From banana slugs to bobcats, redwood groves to rolling meadows, caves to quarries, youíll learn about the campusís wealth of wildlife, geologic features and cultural imprints.

In paperback, this 375-page guide includes more than 125 photos, drawings, diagrams and maps in its detailed chapters on human history, geology, plants, fungi and animals. Also included are helpful species lists of the plants and animals found on campus lands. Truly, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the rich natural history of the UCSC campus and the southern Santa Cruz Mountains.

Praise for The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus, Second Edition

"The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus pulls you right in and is a joy to read. I will go further: this kind of local natural history will be an important part of 21st Century biology. It bristles page after page with phenomena that invite research at all levels."
--Edward O. Wilson,
University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

"In an era when human contact with nature is declining, this wonderful book serves as a model for other introductory guides to local natural history. Use it to have more contact with real reality, as opposed to virtual reality. I wish we had a book like this for the Stanford area."
--Paul R. Ehrlich,
Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University


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