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If you want to participate in DNA Day, below are two great ways to get involved:

Attend a local event near you:

Note: DNA Day events for 2016 have concluded.
Look for events in your area on our Find Events page.

Find events in your area

Start your own event:

Download a DNA Starter Kit [ZIP]

Download Starter Kit

If you are interested in hosting a DNA Day event in your area but need ideas, we encourage groups to work within the existing framework of your programming and find a way to involve genetics.

If you don't have an established outreach or education program, consider the following: a topical seminar, a community engagement event, a Science Café, an outreach program at a local school, setting up a Skype visit between a scientist and a classroom, or more ideas based on lessons and activities from our Get Activity Ideas page.

To have your event featured on our website, or for feedback or advice on holding an event, please contact

My event is not going to take place on April 25th, is that okay?

Absolutely! We completely understand the limitations groups have both on resources and time. We consider "National DNA Day Season" to be anytime between February and April.

How to have a genetics professional at your event:

NHGRI's National DNA Day partners, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), both have online databases available to reach out to genetics professionals interested in participating in education and outreach. Reach out to a genetics professional in your area:

ASHG Genetics Education Outreach Network

NSGC Find a Genetic Counselor Database (Select "Student Content Welcome")

How to contact media interested in your DNA Day event:

We have a sample press release, media advisory, and key take home points in our Starter Kit [ZIP] to help you attract media attention to your event.

How to use the National DNA Day logo for your event:

Check out our Starter Kit [ZIP] for logos, name tags, banners, letterheads and more, many of which can be personalized to include your organization or event's name!

Does the NHGRI provide funding to groups for hosting an event?

We do not provide funding for events.

Why should I make my DNA Day event part of the National DNA Day Network?

The goal of the National DNA Day Network is to help groups gain national recognition of their local events, and to engage in national and local collaborations with groups interested in celebrating DNA Day. Join to direct national interest to your programming and start local collaborations for events!

As an individual, how can I get involved?

We encourage you to reach out to local groups with events on our Find Events page. If you are unable to get in touch with a group, contact us at we will try to put you in contact with them. You can also Plan an Event or Get Activity Ideas to celebrate on your own. 

National DNA Day Starter Kit contents as separate files

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Last Updated: June 8, 2016