Darwin Day - Feb. 13, 2016

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 13, 2016 from noon to 5pm, the Center for Inquiry-Austin will present a FREE event to celebrate the 207th 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

12:30 PM "Redefining Morality: An Evolutionary Explanation" by Clare Wuellner, PhD
1:15 PM "Evolution In the Test Tube and In the Wild" by Prof. Andrew Ellington, Molecular Biosciences 
3:30 PM Adult Trivia Contest - winners will be naturally selected


Kids Presentations

12:15 PM "The Life of Ants" by Alex Wild
1:00 PM Book Reading - "How The Whales Walked Into The Sea" by Faith McNulty
1:15 PM "Why Are Peacocks So Pretty And Warthogs So Ugly?" by Clare Wuellner
2:00 PM Book Reading - "Little Changes" by Tiffany Taylor
2:30 PM Darwin's Birthday Cake!
3:00 PM "How Animal Teeth Reveal What They Eat" by Stephanie Martin
3:45 PM "How Spiders Went Crazy - The Big Secret" by Spider Joe
4:30 PM UT Vertebrate Paleontology Presentation


Interactive Activities For "Kids" of All Ages

  • Fossil Excavation Site
  • Scavenger Hunt for Knowledge
  • Naturally Selected Adult Trivia Contest
  • Living Large Under The Microscope
  • Darwin Photo-op 
  • Build-A-Dino Workshop
  • Art of Evolution Coloring Table
  • Face Painting Designs by Nature


Birthday Cake! Door Prizes!


Professional Development Credit

Teacher workshop begins at 3:00 PM. Register and get more information here: Texas Memorial Museum.

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Supporting Science Education!

  • Slaughter Systems​                                                ​ Jeff Kodosky
  • Secular Texas                                                          Matt & Peggy Winkler
  • Texas Memorial Museum                                       Victor Shami
  • UT Environmental Science Institute                      Patrick Draper
​                                                                                        Abhir Joshi


Darwin Day 2016 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 water tower nearby. Look for more Darwin Day signs.

CFI-Austin Videos

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

Upcoming Events

Fri 21 Oct 7:00pm
Location: Student Activities Center (SAC)

Tue 25 Oct 7:00pm
Location: ACA Library

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