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Darwin Day activities planned at Gray Fossil Site

Contibuted • Updated Jan 31, 2019 at 8:16 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 9, visitors to the Hands On! Discovery Center at the Gray Fossil Site will be able to participate in Darwin Day, an international celebration of science that honors the inspirational work of Charles Darwin.

This year, Darwin Day commemorates the 210th birthday of the famous naturalist, who is remembered best for his groundbreaking research into the history of life on Earth.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to participate in family-friendly, hands-on activities that explore the science of the natural world and to engage directly with scientists as they present diverse collections of fossils, insects, plants and more.

In addition to museum scientists, participating partners in this event will include Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia, Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport and East Tennessee State University biologists, geoscientists, anthropologists and other professionals.

“Darwin Day continues to be one of our most popular events at the Gray Fossil Site, drawing visitors who want to learn more about our natural world through time. This year, we will have even more hands-on activities than previous years, and Darwin plans to make an appearance, too,” noted Dr. Blaine Schubert, director of the ETSU Center of Excellence in Paleontology.

Activities will be ongoing from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All Darwin Day activities are free to the public. All activities are also included with admission to the Hands On! Discovery Center, which is $10 for adults and children 4 and older.

The fossil site is a one-of-a-kind paleontological resource preserving the remains of hundreds of extinct species that lived in East Tennessee 5 million years ago. Discovered in 2000 during road construction, the site is now home to the ETSU Museum of Natural History and the Hands On! Discovery Center. It is a hub of education and scientific research.

For more information, see https://visithandson.org/visit or call the front desk at 423-434-4263

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