The following events are considered by the Burke Museum to be of potential interest to our members.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is currently recruiting volunteer docents to work in our expanding educational programs. Duties include introducing tour groups to the exhibits and facilitating visitor learning through a combination of discussion and hands-on activities.
Join award-winning authors Wendy Call, Craig Lesley, and Ana Maria Spagna as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world. Plus, with Craig we have the insights of a novelist, who is sure to give everyone a new and captivating perspective on the environment and how to weave into one’s writing.
On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. Hands-on activities are offered each month.
Ginkgo is a botanical oddity that has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. It is beloved for its leaves, prized for its edible nuts and revered for its longevity. Professor Sir Peter Crane, FRS, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will talk about the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.
Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to participate in hands-on earth science activities to become a Burke Young Naturalist. Sleuth out real jewels from fake look-alikes, investigate fossil mysteries, watch rocks transform into gems, and more! Complete the stations to earn your patch, and then stay to see the rest of the museum.