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Anyhoos — we’ve got a favor to ask, and we’re preemptively returning it. If you help us make our website better with this uber-quick, 10-question online survey, we’ll give you two free passes to your fantastical Cockrell Butterfly Center.

There, you can see cool stuff like this:

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From Flickr user kiriska

This…

(HMNS) The Cockrell Butterfly Center
From Flickr user malts8

And even this…

Charro the Iguana!(Yup. That’s a portly iguana.)

We want to make sure that our content is clear and concise, our website is easy to navigate, and all the great information radiating from our Museum — whether it’s about members’ events, research, what’s coming up or even how the heck to visit — is easy to access.

So pretty please click here and give us your feedback. When you hit submit, you’ll be redirected to a free, printable coupon, and we’ll see you soon to thank you in person!

Darwin speaks: NatGeo Live Blogging Event

Charles Darwin turns 200 this year – and in a neat coincidence, his book On The Origin of Species is 150 this year as well. (Very considerate of him to wait exactly 50 years to publish, so we can celebrate all at once.)

That’s one angry-looking turkey.
From National Geographic’s 
Morphed: From Dinosaur to Turkey

Darwin’s theories continue to revolutionize science – and as you might have noticed, they’re still kind of controversial, even a century and a half later.

This weekend, National Geographic is coordinating a live blogging event where you’ll have the opportunity to debate the facts and ask questions of several experts on the subject.

Check out their blog for the experts’ bios and information about the event; you can also submit questions in advance. it’s taking place this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET in conjunction with the premiere of Morphed, a new series showing various species evolve as natural forces impact them over millions of years.

If that’s just not enough Darwin for you, come to the Museum this weekend for Darwin Day! You can see live animals, study adaptations in insects, and help create an evolutionary timeline that runs the length of the entire Museum, meet paleontologists, and explore representations of human evolution. In conjunction with Darwin2009, we’re also hosting Darwin-related lectures and classes all year long. You can also read more about Charles Darwin in anthropology curator Dirk’s post, An ‘Aha” Moment Worth Celebrating.

The draw of Darwin

Charles Darwin
Creative Commons License photo credit:
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The world has been captivated by the theories of Charles Darwin for a over a century. Celebrating this legacy is what HMNS is all about!

When we introduced the concept of Darwin Day as a way to help convey the concept of evolution to children in the most fun way possible I had volunteers chomping at the bit to join in the fun.

Join us this Saturday to see live animals, study adaptations in insects, create an evolutionary timeline that runs the length of the entire Museum, meet Paleontologists, and explore representations of human evolution!

The fun is not just for kids, though, there is an entire series of events happening theough Darwin 2009 Houston - check out this page for all the happenings at HMNS. From teacher workshops and lectures to exhibits on The Origin of the Species – it’s going to be a year to remember one of the most influential scientists in recent history.

Darwin Day will be taking place at HMNS on Saturday, February 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is FREE to the public!

Neon Leon: Highlighting da Vinci’s Genius

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Unlike others of his time living in black and white, Leonard da Vinci’s world was neon. Da Vinci’s universal genius gave him a unique perspective that set him apart from everyone around him – allowing him to become a botanist, sculptor, musician, writer, anatomist, and engineer. Set your mind free and step into da Vinci’s world with the Houston Museum of Natural Science at our Family Festival, Neon Leon: Highlighting da Vinci’s Genius, on April 26th. Leonardo’s interests were incredibly diverse; so we have devised a plethora of activities that reflect the fun side of his pursuits! Show off your artistic side in our Chalk Block Battle Royale, fly a helicopter, break codes, build a parachute, write calligraphy, learn about Italy and the Renaissance, and taste some cool and creamy gelato.

Get NEON this Saturday, April 26th, from 11am – 2pm. FREE to the public!

This festival does not include admission into the Museum exhibits.