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June 18, 2005

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Events June – Sept.

Seattle—In celebration of the upcoming exhibit, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, the Burke Museum is hosting a number of events including family days, lectures, and film showings addressing issues relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Sat. & Sun., June 25 - 26 10 am – 4 pm
Family Weekend – Celebrate the opening of the exhibit with two days of activities, including Gwich’in storytelling, Caribou antler-making, mask-making, Arctic art and environmental science activities, and information tables hosted by local environmental groups.

Free First Thursdays:
Featuring thematic evening events through the run of the exhibit. Admission is free and the museum is open until 8 pm on July 7, Aug. 4, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1.

July—Animals of the Arctic
Thurs., July 7, 6:30 pm: Free First Thursday showing of the film, “Being Caribou” by Karsten Heuer. Presented by Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, and The Boeing Company.
July 19 – August 21: A field-based interdisciplinary summer course for students at the University of Washington taking them to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for observation and field work. Sponsored by the UW Program on the Environment and the Lucky Seven Foundation.

August—Native Cultures of the Arctic
Thurs., Aug. 4, 6:30 pm: Free First Thursday: UW Press presents a new book series on culture and the environment, featuring a reading by author Nancy Turner from her new book Earth's Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living. Sponsored by The Boeing Company.
Sat., Aug. 27, 10 am – 4 pm: Alaskan Native Arts Day: a family day featuring Arctic themes, exhibits, and hands-on activities for family 10 am – 2 pm. Unveiling of two new contemporary Tlingit House Posts at 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.
Workshop for middle and high school teachers (date to be announced)

September—Arctic Migrations
Sun., Sept. 18, 10 am – 4:30 pm: Bug Blast, an annual Burke Museum event
Thurs., Sept. 29, 7 pm: Arctic Migrations lecture and panel event featuring Dr. Gordon Orians and other wildlife experts. Dr. Orians will provide an overview of the Arctic and discuss migrations of birds, whales, caribou and polar bears. Co-sponsored by The Mountaineers and the Seattle Audobon Society. Presented at The Mountaineers Building, Seattle.
Half-price admission all month for members of Burke "partner" organizations. Go to http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/exhibits/details.php?ID=22&type=upcoming for a complete list of partners (scroll to bottom of page and click on “community sponsors.”

Children’s Programs (ongoing):
One-hour of hands-on programs on Arctic arts, cultures, and environment will be offered for children’s groups throughout summer 2005 and for school groups through fall 2005. Call 206-543-5591 for times and to make reservations.

The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum,org.


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