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June 17, 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 turn your summer vacation into an unforgettable adventure. 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 or pitch a tent! Enjoy tasty treats, food trucks, and musical performances throughout the day in a summer festival like no other!

Activities include:

  • Learn to recognize iconic birds and mammals of Washington by examining specimens from the    Burke’s collections.
  • Uncover the world of bugs beneath rocks and trees with Scarabs: the Bug Society.
  • Taste custom-made “Tuskelicious” peanut butter ice cream with chunks of Butterfingers from the Full Tilt Ice Cream Truck, inspired by the fossil tusk of Lulu the Lucky South Lake Union Mammoth.
  • Make your own field journal for recording your activities, pressing flowers, or drawing pictures.
  • Dig into gourmet Latin street food at the El Sabroso food truck.
  • Explore the beautiful UW grounds on a brief family nature walk.
  • Discover fossils of Washington with the Stonerose Interpretive Center


  • Crash Course in Camping for Kids: the essentials for camping 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.
  • Land on the Move: UW Professor Emeritus Stan Chernicoff will describe the geological forces that are moving the Earth beneath your feet, as well as tips on where to witness these forces in action as you travel about the state.   
  • Finding Your Way: Maps Compasses and Natural Navigation: Learn how to read a map, use a compass, and find your way using the sun and stars.

For a schedule of the talks and more information, go to burkemuseum.org/events.

Information geared toward summer explorers of all ages provided by experts at the Burke Museum, Washington State Parks, Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center, Wolf Camp, Whale Trail, Full Tilt Ice Cream, El Sabroso, Seattle Aquarium, Scarabs: the Bug Society, Washington Native Plant Society, Stonerose Interpretive Center and more.

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 http://www.burkemuseum.org The B.urke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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.