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May 12, 2014

Know Before You Go

A Burke Museum Summer Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID
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Seattle – Before you head out the door to explore the world—or your own back yard—head to the Burke to gather fun facts and skills that will make this summer vacation one to remember. Learn how to read a map, where to find the best tidal pools, where to go birding or celebrate the Native cultures of the Northwest, and how to press plants, pin bugs, or pitch a tent! Enjoy tasty treats, food trucks, and musical performances throughout the day in a summer festival like no other!

Activities include:

  • Make your own field journal for recording your activities, pressing flowers, or drawing pictures.Taste ice cream inspired by Burke fossils from the Full Tilt Ice Cream Truck
  • See iconic mammals and birds of Washington from the Burke’s collections.
  • Explore the geological forces that are moving the earth beneath your feet with UW Professor Emeritus Stan Chernicoff. He will give tips on where to witness these forces in action as you travel around the state.    
  • Get a crash course in camping for kids, including choosing a safe tent site, what to do if you see a bear, how to potty in the woods, how to put out your campfire, and more.
  • Let Joan Burton’s experiences with her own children teach you how to appeal to your child’s sense of adventure while on family hikes. After the talk, join her on a short family nature hike around the UW campus!
  • Learn how to read a map, use a compass, and way to guide your travel using the sun and stars.  

Information geared toward summer explorers of all ages provided by experts at the Burke Museum, Suquamish Tribal Museum and Cultural Center, Seattle Audubon, Whale Trail, Washington State Parks, Wolf Camp, and many more.

There will be more activities, talk times, and details coming soon. Check the Burke’s website for updates.

For high resolution photos or interviews, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an Alliance of American Museums-accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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

Photo By Lora Shinn.