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March 21, 2008

Burke Museum’s Summer Camp: Dinosaurs, DNA, Polar Bears, and Climate Change

July - Aug. 2008

Seattle—The Burke Museum presents five different summer camp programs for students this summer. Designed for students ranging from 2nd– 12th grade, these programs will provide a hands-on natural science learning experience.


For students entering 2nd – 3rd grade

Session A: June 23 – June 27

Session B: June 28 – August 1

Cost: $195 / 10% discount for Burke members

Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, T. rex, oh, my! Hold a real dinosaur tooth! Practice being a paleontologist with a real fossil-hunter. Make a cast of a dinosaur fossil just like the Burke’s fossil preparator would. Spend a week with dinosaurs this summer!

Dr. Mossbreath’s Mystery

For students entering 4th– 6th grade

Session A: July 7 – July 11

Session B: July 21 – July 25

Cost: $195 / 10% discount for Burke members

For the past two summers, the mysterious Dr. Mossbreath has guided us on the search for lost treasure. This summer’s mystery is the best yet! Dr. Mossbreath is back to introduce a mysterious time capsule from Washington State. Follow maps, peer through microscopes, and discover clues inside and outside the museum. Where will the clues lead?

The Last Polar Bear

For students entering 7th – 9th grade

July 14 – July 18

Cost: $280 / 10% discount for Burke members

The polar bear — a charismatic icon in the struggle against climate change — faces a precarious future. The photography exhibit, The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, gives students a unique opportunity to explore questions related to climate change, ecosystems, habitat loss, and conservation. Students will meet the photographer, Steven Kazlowski, and UW climate scientists, and work on their own photography project.

Investigating DNA

For students entering 7th– 9th grade

Session A: July 7 – July 11

Session B: August 4 – August 8

Cost: $280 / 10% discount for Burke members

Make a model of DNA out of licorice and gumdrops. Extract DNA from foods commonly found in your kitchen. Learn the basics of DNA and how it is used to explore conservation issues around the world. In this one-week intensive (and fun) hands-on class, students will use UW labs and Burke collection specimens to examine DNA and begin to understand genetics.

Climate Quest

For students entering 10th– 12th grade

July 13 – July 19

Cost: $550 / Students will receive one college credit

Climate Quest is a 7-day intensive course that combines environmental science and video production. Students will learn about basic climate science, the impact of climate change on the Pacific Northwest, and efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Students will create videos to communicate what they learn. The course will incorporate UW faculty, active learning projects, and witnessing climate change firsthand in the field. One college credit is available for this camp.

To register or for more information about summer programs, contact Burke Education at 206-543-9681 or burked@u.washington.edu.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274