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Know Before You Go: Burke Museum Summer Festival

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Sat., July 12, 2014 | 10 am – 3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or UW students, staff & faculty w/ UW ID

Before you head out the door to explore the world—or your own backyard—head to the Burke to gather fun facts and skills that will make this summer vacation one to remember. Iconic specimens from the Burke Museum’s collections of mammals, birds, fossils and plants highlight the natural and cultural heritage of Washington State. Learn where to find the best tide pools, spot whales, go birding, or celebrate the Native Cultures of the Northwest! Enjoy tasty treats, food trucks, and musical performances throughout the day in a summer festival like no other!

Activities include:

  • Make your own field journal to record all this summer’s encounters with nature.
  • Learn how to press flowers and plants with the Washington Native Plant Society.
  • Discover Fossils of Washington with the Stonerose Interpretive Center.
  • Uncover the world of bugs beneath the rocks and trees with Scarabs: the Bug Society.
  • Determine what mammals are present by spotting scat and tracks.
  • Learn how to read a map, use a compass, and guide your way using the sun and stars.
  • Taste custom-made Tuskelicious peanut butter ice cream with chunks of Butterfingers from the Full Tilt Ice Cream Truck, inspired by the fossil tusk of Lulu the Lucky South Lake Union Mammoth.
  • Dig into Gourmet Latin Street Food at the El Sabroso food truck.

Talks and Walks for All Ages

10:30 to 11:00: "Crash Course in Camping for Kids" – The essentials for camping including choosing a safe tent site, what to do if you see a bear, how to potty in the woods, how to put out your campfire, and more. Wolf College coordinator Kimberly McKillip Chisholm will be joined by wilderness chef Charlie Borrowman, graduate of the French Culinary Institute as well as a lead instructor at the Wolf College.

11:15 to 11:45: "Hiking with Children" – Hiking with children requires a confident parental attitude and good preparation in order to appeal to their sense of adventure. Joan Burton’s experiences with her own children led her to become a vocal advocate for the joys of exploring the outdoors as a family. She is the author of Best Hikes with Kids, and Urban Walks: 23 Walks in Seattle’s Parks and Neighborhoods. Family Nature Hike following the talk - explore the beautiful UW grounds with Joan Burton.

Noon to 12:30: "Land on the Move" – The great beauty of Washington State is the result of being one of the most dynamic landscapes on the planet. UW Professor emeritus Stan Chernicoff will give an easy-to-grasp, family friendly, explanation of the geological forces that are moving the Earth beneath your feet, as well as tips on where to witness these forces in action as you travel about the state.

12:45 to 1:15: "Finding Your Way: Maps, Compasses and Natural Navigation" – Learn how to read a map, use a compass, and the basics of “natural navigation". Kimberly McKillip Chisholm and Charlie Borrowman.

1:30 to 2:00: "How To get the Most of your Smartphone Camera" – Face it, many of us use smartphones to take the photos we will share for years to come. Teaching artist Zorn Taylor will give a family friendly talk on the basics of photographic composition, helpful apps to know about, and provide tips on how to make every image one for the books, ‘Face’ or otherwise.

Music Schedule

11:00 to noon: Music of Central America and Brazil with Guitarist Eric Reid.

1:00 to 2:00: Blues and Bluegrass with Seattle slide guitar wizard Orville Johnson, and master of the mandolin Forrest Gibson.

Participating organizations include the Burke Museum, Washington State Parks, Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center, Wolf Camp, Whale Trail, Full Tilt Ice Cream, El Sabroso, Seattle Aquarium, Scarabs: the Bug Society, Washington Native Plant Society, Stonerose Interpretive Center and more.

Photo by Lora Shinn.
Photo by Andrew Waits.
Know Before You Go: Burke Museum Summer Festival