Darwin Day 2017

Born on February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin revolutionized the understanding of plant, animal, and human origins during his lifetime, and has had major, lasting impact on the field of biology ever since. Some 150 years after the release of his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Center for Inquiry-Austin gathers every February to celebrate Darwin’s birthday. Who better than Charles Darwin to exemplify the principles of scientific inquiry, for which CFI stands? He devoted his life to the search for truth—examining, gathering, and analyzing enormous amounts of data on his trips around the world, formulating hypotheses about his findings, and undertaking rigorous experimentation to test his hypotheses.

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


Enlightening Speakers

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

12:30 PM “Darwin Goes to the Movies: A Closer Look at James Cameron’s Avatar” by Clare Wuellner

1:00 PM Book Reading: Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story, author Lisa Peters

1:30 PM “Ants” by Alex Wild

2:00 PM Book Reading: How Whales Walked into the Sea, author 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

Vertebrate Paleontology Fossils

Walk Like a Dinosaur

Fossil Excavation Site

Living Large Under The Microscope

Evolution of a Molecule

Cavemaster: Paleolithic Role Playing Game

Arthropods Rule!

Darwin Photo-op

Build-A-Dino Craft Workshop

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


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting science education!
UT Environmental Science Institute
Texas Memorial Museum
UT Vertebrate Paleontology Lab
Austin Nature and Science Center
UT Jackson School of Geosciences
Slaughter Systems
Secular TexasAtheist Community of Austin
Trinity United Methodist Church
Jeff Kodosky
Victor & Gloria Shami
Patrick Draper
Abhir Joshi
Heather Davis