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Darwin Discovery Day

Discovering Darwin and Celebrating Science

Sunday, February 14, 2016
from 1-5 p.m. - Free

Activities in the works:

• Get up close to live snakes, turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians with the
MSU Herpetology Club and MSU Museum's naturalist, Jim Harding the Critterguy
• Learn about conservation of endangered species from students from
MSU's Fisheries & Wildlife Club
• Ask an expert: museum curators and MSU specialists can help you identify backyard curiosities: bring in a rock, bone, fossil, tooth or other natural object*
• Darwin "KidZone" - Meet Rich Bellon, MSU Darwin scholar, become a junior scientist and earn a science item to take home
• Once-a-year-opportunity to touch Interesting and unusual specimens from MSU Museum's natural science collections and live critters from the MSU Bug House
• Behind-the-scenes tours of MSU Museum research collections
• Robots and computer simulations from MSU Beacon Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
• Dinosaur casts in Habitat Hall
• Hands-on activities for kids
• Books and educational resources at the Museum Store
• Birthday cake!
*The MSU Museum cannot provide estimates on the commercial value of any specimen nor provide expertise on human-made artifacts at this program

Also of interest...

MSU Museum's Evolution in Action Gallery: "Hyenas Rule!" and "50,000," part of a series of exhibits featuring NSF-sponsored BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. 
The Michigan State University Museum joins natural science museums and science centers around the world in observing naturalist Charles Darwin's birthday with special programs that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. Learn more at


Also of interest on YouTube:

Thanks to our sponsors:

  • The Darwin Discovery Day Committee thanks the following sponsors:
    Bake N’ Cakes
    BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
    Center for Integrative Studies in General Science
    College of Natural Science
    College of Social Science
    Department of Anthropology
    Department of Geography
    Department of Geological Sciences
    Department of Plant Biology
    Department of Zoology
    Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program
    Honors College
    Kellogg Biological Station
    Lyman Briggs College
    Office of the Provost
    Office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
    OfficeMax Print Center