Darwin Day - Feb. 11, 2017

Charles Darwin was one of the most important scientists who ever lived, and his work exemplifies the principles of scientific inquiry embraced by the Center for Inquiry-Austin. Darwin sailed around the world studying and collecting plants and animals in a wide variety of environments. Carefully analyzing his observations, Darwin formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection which helps explain the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Without the discovery of natural selection, the greatest achievements in health, philosophy, and human well-being over the past two hundred years would have been impossible. And so, Darwin’s global impact and his desire for truth through scientific discovery continue to be honored worldwide. But, it's probably hard to find him depicted wearing a cowboy hat anywhere but Darwin Day Austin!

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 from noon to 5pm, the Center for Inquiry-Austin will present a FREE event to celebrate the 208th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. There will be something for everyone—fun learning activities for children and teens, fascinating lectures and trivia contest for adults, and professional development credit for teachers.

"Don't Mess With Darwin" t-shirts WILL NOT BE SOLD at Darwin Day. All t-shirts must be ordered online. T-shirts are heather grey in color. All proceeds support Darwin Day Austin, a non-profit, all volunteer event. For questions regarding t-shirt orders or to volunteer, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Enlightening Speakers - Li'l Tex Room

1 PM "Evolution of Power In Primates" by Prof. Rebecca Lewis
2 PM  Darwin & General Science Adult Trivia Contest - winners will be selected naturally 
3 PM "Sexual Selection, Sensory Exploitation, And Life In Pornotopia" by Prof. Mike Ryan


Kids Presentations - Tower Room

12:30 PM “Darwin Goes to the Movies: A Closer Look at James Cameron’s Avatar” by Clare Wuellner
1:00 PM Book Readings: Older Than the Stars by Karen Fox; Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Peters
1:30 PM “Ants” by Alex Wild
2:00 PM Book Reading: How Whales Walked into the Sea by Faith McNulty
3:00 PM “Leapin’ Lemurs” by Rebecca Lewis
3:30 PM "How Animal Teeth Reveal What They Eat" by Stephanie Martin

Interactive Activities For "Kids" of All Ages

  • Vertebrate Paleontology Fossils
  • Walk Like a Dinosaur
  • Fossil Excavation Site
  • Living Large Under The Microscope
  • Darwin Photo-op
  • Build-A-Dino Craft Workshop
  • Cavemaster: Paleolithic Role Playing Game
  • Art of Evolution Coloring Table
  • Face Painting
  • Pfun Physics Phenomena
  • Dino Lab Puzzler
  • To Be Or Not To Be A Dinosaur
  • Sifting For Evidence
  • Adult Trivia Contest


Birthday Cake! Door Prizes!


Professional Development Credit

Teacher workshop by Pamela Owen with the Texas Memorial Museum from 11AM to 1PM in the Mustang Room.
Registration begins January 11, 2017.


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting science education!


Darwin Day 2017 will be held from noon to 5pm at the University of Texas Commons Learning Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road. Look for roadside Darwin Day signs and Pickle Research Campus sign. Enter from Burnet Road. Go past the guard station and turn into the first parking lot on the right. Drive past the fence to park. Parking is free. The Commons Learning Center will be straight ahead. There is a UT water tower next to the Commons center, and look for the Darwin Day signs.

CFI-Austin Videos

  • Dr. Edward Marcotte, “Bleeding Yeast and Deaf Plants”

Upcoming Events

Tue 24 Jan 7:00pm
Location: ACA Library

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