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Genome Day

Each year the IGB invites community members to participate in Genome Day, an afternoon of learning about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution at a local Champaign-Urbana venue. At this free event, Illinois scientists offer activities related to genomics, including learning how organisms relate to each other on the Tree of Life, extracting strawberry DNA to make necklaces, and understanding how genomics pervades every aspect of our daily lives.

Does my child need to be a certain age to enjoy Genome Day?

People of all ages are welcome at Genome Day! While many activities are designed with K-8 students in mind, almost all can be adapted for everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.

Can my class/group attend Genome Day?

Yes, please do! Anyone is welcome and there is no registration requirement; if your group is large, it may be the easiest to attend together at a time either towards the beginning or end of the event when it may be a little less crowded. If you are wondering about accommodations for your group, please contact us to see what we can offer.

How can I promote Genome Day to my organization or group?

Please feel free to share a link to this page, and to contact us for copies of this year's flyer to share!

Genome Day is typically offered in mid-fall each year. As this time approaches, please watch our calendar to see this year's date and location! Genome Day is an open house-style event that requires no advance registration; it is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.



Volunteer with us!

If you’re affiliated with the IGB and are interested in volunteering for a future Genome Day, we’d love to hear from you!  

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