Darwin’s birthday, February 12th, is recognized around the world as a day to celebrate, reflect, and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and hunger for truth. Events to promote scientific learning, discovery, and advancement are held as well as advocacy and outreach to include proclamations and demonstrations.
Some great ideas for celebrating: Go for a nature outing, visit a zoo or animal refuge, visit the Orlando Science Center, host a book or film discussion, do a science project or outing with children, or host a Phylum Feast. And don’t forget to wear Darwin, evolution, or other sciencesque shirts & gear. 🙂
Phylum Feasts are a meal where the ingredients come from as many different species (or at least with as much biological diversity) as possible. Hold a potluck for family and friends, and have the kids help plan the menu by researching to include as many phyla as possible. The real object though, is to have fun – and YES, jello-worms count as worms, so be creative! The phylum in the name is a term used in taxonomy, a scientific system for classifying organisms and where they fit in relation to others. Humans, for instance, belong to the phylum Chordata, which includes all vertebrate animals; spiders and crabs belong to the phylum Arthropoda; and so on.
Orlando Events & Places to visit (add or send your suggestions)
- Orlando Science Center
- Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Sanford area)
- Orlando Sea Life Aquarium (I-Drive area)
- Serpentarium (St. Cloud)
- Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge (Lake Nona)
- Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Maitland)