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Burke Boxes are portable boxes of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts for all ages, designed to supplement the study of various topics in cultural and natural history.

Life Sciences Boxes


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Bats

Included in this collection are multiple slides on common and endangered bats in America, cassette tape and slide set on echolocation, a poster, video, Stellaluna puppet and book, bat specimens, little brown bat model, multiple resource books, and an educational guide to bats created by Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International.

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Price: One week rental $40, two week rental $50, additional weeks $20 each. Prices do not include tax or shipping.

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Birds of Washington

This exciting Burke Box contains a sampling of birds commonly found in Washington. Twelve full birds packaged in clear tubes make it possible for students to pick up the specimens and view them from all angles. Wings, sample eggs and various bird calls are just a few of the additional study materials contained in this collection, an amazing resource for scientists and backyard birders alike. 

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Fish

With over 15 actual fish specimens in jars, this collection introduces students to the diversity and complexity of fish. Designed for a broad spectrum of grade levels, this collection also includes a fish model, fish skeleton, fish scales, fish bones, poster, video, salmon software, multiple secondary resources, and a manual with lesson plans.

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Insects

This collection offers a fascinating insight into insects and their world. Included are extensive lesson plans for grades 1-12 and four boxes of local insects, four boxes of local butterflies and moths, and one box of unusual, non-native insects. Also included: "Build Your Own Bugs" stamps and book, poster, magazines, multiple reference materials, video, CD-ROM SimAnt Software, and a 5x loupe microscope.

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Price: One week rental $40, two week rental $50, additional weeks $20 each. Prices do not include tax or shipping.

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Kuril Islands Biocomplexity Project

NEW to the Burke Box collection: The Kuril Islands Biocomplexity Project. This fascinating box considers both the scientific and cultural influences on the Kuril Islands.  Located north of Japan, the Kuril Islands are a chain of over 50 major islands spanning about 1,300 km (700 miles) northeast from Hokkaidō, Japan, to Kamchatka, Russia. In 2005, a hot shot team of researchers from the University of Washington, with funding from the National Science Foundation set out to consider the biology, geology, climatology and anthropology of this unique archipelago. Bring their research into your classroom with this exciting new resource. Pair this box with our Japan and Ainu boxes for a dynamic look at the region.

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Mammals of Washington

This box contains a fabulous collection of mammal skulls and skins from species commonly found in Washington State. Cougar, Bear, Deer, Snowshoe hare and Coyote are just a sampling of the specimen included in this Burke Box. A total of 23 species represented. The Box also contains a newly updated teacher manual with lesson plans and background information, books, activities, visual aids and teaching tools. 

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Marine Invertebrates

This collection contains mounted specimens of sea snails, limpets, sea stars, sand dollars, crabs, bivalves, and chitons with anatomical drawings and books. 

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Whales

This collection includes an ear bone from a fin whale, baleen from a bowhead whale, the upper jaw of an orca, and the skull of a harbor porpoise. Also included are information cards on various whale specimens, a whale measurement rope and various books.

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