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 (in the 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 (in the Tower room)

12:30 pm“Darwin Goes to the Movies: A Closer Look at James Cameron’s Avatar” by Clare Wuellner
1:00 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 tables;
  • Walk Like a Dinosaur: dino tracks activity
  • Fossil Excavation Site (potash with Cenozoic marine fossils)
  • Living Large Under The Microscope
  • Darwin Photo-op (life-size pic of CD)
  • Build-A-Dino Workshop
  • Cavemaster: Paleolithic RPG
  • Art of Evolution/science Coloring Table
  • Face Painting (need someone who feels comfortable doing this)
  • Pfun Physics Phenomena: demo of buoyancy, vacuum chamber, calcite crystal birefringence

Austin Nature and Science Center:

  • Dino Lab (puzzle pieces),
  • Dino or Dino-not (characteristics of dinos)
  • Sifting for Evidence (sand with Cretaceous marine fossils).


Birthday Cake! Door Prizes!


Professional Development Credit

Teacher workshop by Pamela Owen from 11AM to 1PM in the Mustang Room. Teachers sign up at 
http://tmm.utexas.edu/education/workshops/index.html [registration begins Jan 11]


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

Mon 5 Dec 7:00pm
Location: Hecho En Mexico

Sat 10 Dec 6:00pm
Location: Trinity UMC

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