Darwin Day Resources Page

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Celebrate Darwin Day on February 12, 2014! 

Darwin Day is an international celebration of human achievement and scientific inquiry. Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, which is why we celebrate on or around February 12. 

The continuing relevance and integrity of Darwin’s Great Idea and his significant contributions to science make Darwin Day an opportunity to reach fellow students with fun and educational events. We have information and inspiration to help you with event planning, so check out these resources, or email a campus organizer

Resources: 
  • Tell your Member of Congress to support the Darwin Day Resolution now.
  • Center for Inquiry Speakers Bureau: See the list of speakers who specialize in evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. Contact us if you need help booking a speaker.
  • International Darwin Day Foundation has information and other great resources
  • Darwin Online is an online repository of Darwin’s publications, other writings, as well as supplementary material covering the life, times, and travels of the revolutionary scientiest. 
  • The National Center for Science Education has advice and resources to help you promote and understand evolution. Check their Taking Action page.
  • Read On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin here or go to LibriVox to download the audiobook for free!
  • PBS.org has a plethora of information regarding evolution, science, and Charles Darwin. Their evolution site is here with specific sections for Darwin, change, extinction, survival, and more
  • The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online has drawings, journal entries, and more fun, visual resources
  • There are a few “tree of life” sites that allow you to interact with diagrams explaining evolution. See them at Tree of Life or Tree of Life Web Project.
  • University of California Berkeley has a website called Understanding Evolution that includes teaching materials and resources to explain the science of evolution
  • Darwin and evolution-themed podcasts are available through Endless Forms and iTunes.
  • SecularRadioTheater, a “good old time radio show” produced by members of CFI–Indiana, has an episode called “Darwin’s Recantation and Conversion,” in which they reenact and critically examine Lady Hope’s claim to be an eyewitness at Darwin’s death bed.

 

Event Ideas:
  • Darwin Birthday: hats, cake, pin the tale on the sparrow—you get the idea (see what Illini SSA did)
  • Darwin Valentine’s Day: some groups have created Darwin-themed Valentine’s cards or candy to sell for group fundraising or to raise money for their favorite charity. Here is an example!
  • See Evolution: go to a zoo or ask an animal expert to show you evolutionary adaptations in animals
  • Movie Viewing: check with local libraries for films on evolution that your group can watch together
  • Check with other groups and see if you can work together to put on events. Science clubs are common and may have a great presence at your school that you don’t know about.
  • Most Center for Inquiry branches also do Darwin Day events that you may be able to help out with, and they’d be happy to see more students at their events!
  • See if you can teach evolution or other scientific principles to someone.
Darwin Day Posters and Promotional Materials:

To help you celebrate Darwin Day this year, feel free to download one of our posters. Promote your own Darwin Day events by adding your event details to the white box on the promo posters, or print one of the feature posters for display. Click on a poster for a full-size 8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, or 11” x 17” printable .PDF file.  (These are large files, so please be patient while they download.)

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Promote Darwin Day with a facebook cover!

 

Merchandise:
  • Evolvefish does special wholesale prices of their merchandise that groups can buy at a reduced rate and then resell. Click here and check the “Wholesale Orders” tab on the left. 

 

For Help: 

Email us if you have questions or want to suggest other resources.