Evolution in a Day

Having trouble getting to grips with teaching evolution? Let the animals of the Galapagos take you on an evolutionary adventure!

Having trouble getting to grips with teaching evolution?

Let the animals of Galapagos take you on an evolutionary adventure. We begin with a journey into the world of Natural Selection, and go on to explore adaptations of iconic Galapagos species, through exciting and ‘hands on’ activities. Allow students to challenge their thinking and become a scientific thinker – just like Charles Darwin.

Enhance students’ learning further by investigating the enrichment activities offered and create a class of Darwinians!


The Nature of Natural Selection

Begin by investigating the concept of Natural Selection through evolution. Explore how animals use camouflage to survive and play the Galapagos Hawk game. Help answer Darwin’s questions about the shape of birds’ beaks.

Amazing Adaptations – The Marine Iguana

Explore the evolution of this iconic Galapagos species and share your own theories on its unique adaptations. Test your design skills and make a raft fit enough for an ocean adventure!

In the Land of Giants – The Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Investigate how the giants of the Galapagos have evolved to become separate species, and how some people know, just from looking at one, which island it inhabits. Make your own tortoise carapace to test your theory.

A guide to enrichment activities

Do your students want to find out more? Look at our enrichment guide for many more exciting activities.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin