Explore Evolution: Field Trip

As we are planning a family holiday to the Galápagos this fall, I wanted to get the kids excited about the historical significance of these amazing islands. A few months ago, I learned of a temporary exhibit at the Gateway Science Museum in Chico, California.  The Explore Evolution exhibit was the perfect segue to our voyage – providing us an opportunity to learn more about Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as the work of modern day scientists.

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From rapidly evolving HIV to whales, the Explore Evolution exhibit investigates evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from the smallest to the largest. The project focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution.

To help develop an understanding of how organisms change, the seven featured research projects are also divided into one of the four basic components of evolution: variation, inheritance, selection and time.

The interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. The exhibit featured the work of the following scientists:

In anticipation for our excursion to the Galápagos this fall, I have put together a unit study that explores the diversity of the islands and the historical significance of Darwin’s discoveries through literature, writing, and hands-on science activities.

Please Note: The unit does include a couple of lessons relating to Darwin and evolution which can be easily modified or omitted altogether.

galapagos unitGalápagos Across the Curriculum is a hands-on multidisciplinary unit study that provides ample opportunity for kids to explore the diversity and remarkable history of the islands.  This unit includes hands-on, inquiry-based activities and lesson plans that can be easily integrated into a larger life science or earth science curriculum. 12 page eBook (PDF)




About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

2 comments on “Explore Evolution: Field Trip

  1. Wow your Galapagos trip sounds like a wonderful learning opportunity. I love combining family holidays with learning fun by preparing the children in advance as you are doing.

    • Thank you so much, Lula! We are very excited. Combining family holidays with learning is the core of what we do. 🙂

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