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Annual events include Bug Blast, Learning from Archaeology, Dinosaur Day, and more. Fun for the whole family!

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Cub Scout Geology Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!

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Washington State’s 125th Birthday Bash

Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014 | 10 am – 8 pm

Washington State turns 125 years old in November. We're throwing a party--and you're all invited! 

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Meet the Mammals

Sat., Nov. 15, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection.

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Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired – Opening Weekend Programs

Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 | 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Meet the artists of Here & Now! Participate in a panel discussion with selected artists whose work is featured in the exhibit, Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired; and join them for in-gallery conversations about their work. See the documentary “Tracing Roots," which offers a heartfelt glimpse into the world of Haida elder and weaver Delores Churchill, and visit with her daughter and renowned weaver Evelyn Vanderhoop. Get and up close view of tools and techniques as Burke Curator Sven Haakanson demonstrates the process of cleaning and preparing a Kodiak bear intestine for use in clothing and boat-making.

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Here & Now: 12th Fan Family Fun

Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 – Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 | 10 am –  4:30 pm

The original Seahawks logo was inspired by the rich artistic tradition of the Native Peoples of the Northwest, a tradition that is alive, growing and inspiring new a generation of artists. In that spirit, we invite fans and families to join the Burke for a weekend of sharing the past, capturing the present and dreaming of the future.

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Geology Merit Badge Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rocks, minerals, mining and mineral recovery, Mohs' scale of hardness, earth science careers, geologic maps and more!

Kane Hall, Room 130

Molecular Paleontology (or How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs) with Dr. Mary Schweitzer

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur soft tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of these fundamental aspects of dinosaur biology. Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how molecular paleontology can help answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about an animal that no human has ever seen.