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2023 Darwin Day Report

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

Despite the chilly morning, visitors made the trip to the Bean Life Sciences Museum on Saturday, February 11th. What set the museum apart from any ordinary weekend on this day was the celebration of Charles Darwin! Today we can thank this scientist known as the “Father of Evolution” for much of our knowledge about how species develop and adapt in a world of changing ecosystems.

Patrons were greeted with a sticker and a stamp card, which was used to indicate participation at four engaging activities that taught about the science of evolution. Stories about Charles Darwin’s exciting and informative voyage on the HMS Beagle were shared. Creative artwork featuring Charles’ very own beard kept hands and minds busy, kids and parents alike. Visitors had the opportunity to compare adaptations between specimens to learn about the distinctions that make them unique and help them survive. As patrons completed these activities to celebrate Charles Darwin’s legacy, they also remembered his contributions by enjoying a slice of his birthday cake! Through laughs and smiles, appreciation for our earth and the processes that keep it ticking grew with the festivities of the day!

McCady, student educator