The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a family day to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, with a range of activities for children and adults.
The celebration includes tours of the museum’s Geology and Fossil History of Tennessee and Human Origins galleries, and craft projects and activities highlighting the multidisciplinary scientific influence of Darwin. The activities will be led by graduate students from UT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
A board game tournament featuring the game Evolution, which encourages players to design their own species and compete for limited resources, will take place throughout the afternoon. Pre-registration for the tournament is required with Angela Chuang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the day’s activities, visitors are welcome to enjoy cake and punch. There will be a raffle of special educational prizes and children are encouraged to participate.
Darwin Day is sponsored in part by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which will also host a talk by Alan Templeton, “Do Human Races Exist? The Answer from Modern Genetics,” at 6 p.m. on February 13 at Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.
The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Orange Line Monday through Saturday. Visit the museum’s website for more information about family programming, parking, and collections and exhibits.
Callie Bennett (865-974-2144, email@example.com)
Leslie Chang Jantz (865–974–3662, firstname.lastname@example.org)