As the state’s official natural history and cultural museum, the Burke is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the natural world and our place in it. We strive to inspire respect for and curiosity about human life, nature, and the environment.
Learn why our region is so geologically active.The state gem is petrified wood.
Cool facts about our 25 native species of turtles, lizards, and snakes.
Facts and photos about our 27 species of salamanders and frogs.
Photo credits: Geology, courtesy U.S. National Park Service; Native art, by Nathan Jackson; plants, by Ben Legler; mammals, courtesy of NOAA; reptiles, by Brad Moon; amphibians, by Brad Moon; birds, Wikimedia GNU Free Documentation License; fishes, by Robert W. Hines, courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; fossils, by T.A. Dillhoff.