Darwin Day

Darwin Day

Natural History Museum to celebrate Darwin Day

JOHNSON CITY – Darwin Day will be celebrated with activities for all ages at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum as a part of its annual Darwin Day observance on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Darwin Day includes several talks and a variety of activities for children. 

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science that occurs around Feb. 12, which is the birthday of Charles Darwin, who was born in in 1809.  The mission of Darwin Day is to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Darwin and his description of evolution through natural selection as well as to explain the far-reaching impact of evolutionary science.

“As we at the Natural History Museum observe Darwin Day, we are dedicated to providing the public with scientific information regarding evolution and other topics in a thought-provoking but informal setting,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, museum director.

The schedule for Darwin Day includes:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Activities, including a scavenger hunt and lessons on such topics as human evolution, how natural selection works, and understanding geologic time evidence from fossil records
  • Noon – ‘Views of Science and Religion among the American Public (With Special Reference to Evolution),” presented by Dr. Joseph Baker, ETSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
  • 1:00 p.m. - “Indefatigable Naturalists: Wallace and Darwin on the Evolutionary Trail,” presented byDr. Jim Costa, Professor, Department of Biology at Western Carolina University and Executive Director , Highlands Biological Station

For more information, call the museum at (423) 439-3659, email , or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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