Spend an afternoon learning about famed naturalist Charles Darwin, take a closer look at his theories and their impact on modern science, and meet some of the scientists who are continuing his work when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Darwin Day on Saturday, February 16, 9am-5pm. Free.
Visitors are invited to learn more about evolution through natural selection, as well as specific evolutionary adaptations seen in everything from primates to carnivorous plants to viruses. Talk with exhibitors who can trace the 500 million year evolutionary journey of arthropods, from trilobites to insects. Become a better bone detective with the help of representatives from NC State’s anthropology department. Or discover more about the wildlife of your body and the mites that call your forehead home by participating in a citizen science project on site.
Don’t miss the featured presentation, “The Evolution of Chili: Some Like it Hot,” featuring Dr. Roland Kays, director of the Museum’s Biodiversity Lab alongside Centro Chef Angela Salamanca at noon, complete with free samples and a hot pepper eating contest for five hardcore heat lovers. Other presentations include “The Life of Darwin: Fact & Myth” with history professor Dr. William Kimler of NC State University and “From the Air to the Sea: The 60 Million Year Journey of Penguin Evolution” with Museum research associate Dr. Daniel Ksepka.
Darwin Day is presented in partnership with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Participating organizations include: Museum of Life and Science, NC Entomological Society, NC State University Anthropology Department, Saint Mary’s School, The Conservators’ Center, University of North Carolina Biology Department, Wake County Master Gardeners and Your Wild Life.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, and Sun. 12-5pm. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla III, Secretary.