Our lifestyle choices, environment, and everyday survival are constantly evolving to adapt with the changing conditions of the world. If you’re interested in exploring the evolution of such changes, then join in on the fun of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin – a man who dedicated his life to the study of evolution. In response, the city of San Francisco is embracing 30 separate events and programs hosted at some of the finest cultural hot spots about town.

Golden Gate Park is pleased to present the following contributions to this citywide extravaganza:

The Ancient Plant Garden (San Francisco Botanical Garden) – Ongoing
Take a tour of evolution as seen through the eyes of a plant. The San Francisco Botanical Garden has recently revamped what is known as its “primitive” plant garden, which offers millions of years of change – both bizarre and beautiful.

Collecting Evolution (California Academy of Sciences)
March 10th 2009; 12:15pm
In 1835, Charles Darwin paid a visit to the Galapagos and collected around 75,000 biological specimens. This lecture explores the voyage that has greatly impacted species conservation and DNA studies.

Darwin, Dover, and Intelligent Design (California Academy of Sciences)
March 24th, 2009; 12:15 & 6:30pm
This lecture presents Dr. Kevin Padian, who will lead a discussion centered on his participation as an expert witness in the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover case, which led to a court ruling related to intelligent design – a debate that involves religion and science.