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Darwin Discovery Day 2021 – Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday and science! The Michigan State University Museum presents its 17th annual Darwin Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. It's a great time for exploration and discovery – all online! Visitors to this virtual event can interact live with MSU scientists, see real specimens from university science collections, and gain access to hands-on activities and crafts.

  • Free registration is required to attend. (Must be 18 or older to register)
  • Choose from a variety of stations to visit
  • Join the fun via Zoom on event day!
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New this year: Darwin Discovery Bags!

For science fun away from a screen, pick-up a Darwin Discovery Bag containing materials and instructions for crafts, activities, and more! Pick-up a bag at the East Lansing Public Library (950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823) starting on Tuesday, February 9 during curbside service hours. Bags will be available through Saturday, February 13 or until they are gone. East Lansing Public Library curbside hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About DDD

Science institutions worldwide have created special programs around Darwin’s birthday each year that help promote an appreciation for the benefits of scientific knowledge acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity. MSU scientists and students take part in Darwin Discovery Day to share their expertise and love of science with the public. Activities, tours and university science collections will be featured on the MSU Museum website.

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who attended Darwin Discovery Day 2021 and our terrific presenters for making this virtual event a success!

Presenters: 4-H Children's Gardens, MSU Bug House, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club, MSU Herbarium, MSU's Hyena Laboratory, MSU's Lenski Lab, Dr. Danita Brandt (MSU Museum & Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Mike Gottfried (MSU Museum & Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Pam Rasmussen (MSU Museum & Dept. of Integrative Biology), Ryan McKeeby (Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD Student), Najya Zaman (MSU Museum)

Thank you also to the 4-H Children's Gardens, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the East Lansing Public Library, and Meijer for making our "Darwin Discovery Bags" possible!

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  • February 13, 2021
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm