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Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 | 9 am – 5 pm

$100 registration fee; 10% discount for Burke Members

Join award-winning authors Wendy Call, Craig Lesley, and Ana Maria Spagna as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world. Plus, with Craig we have the insights of a novelist, who is sure to give everyone a new and captivating perspective on the environment and how to weave into one’s writing.

Free First Thursdays

Thurs., May 1, 2014 – Thurs., Aug. 7, 2014


On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. Hands-on activities are offered each month.

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., May 1, 2014 – Thurs., June 5, 2014

$5 per team

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot

Wed., May 7, 2014 | 7 pm

$5 at door

Ginkgo is a botanical oddity that has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. It is beloved for its leaves, prized for its edible nuts and revered for its longevity. Professor Sir Peter Crane, FRS, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, will talk about the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

Gems and Geology: Girl Scout Day

Sat., June 7, 2014 | 10 am – 3 pm

$18 per Girl Scout, troop leaders and all adult chaperones are free, patch included

Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to participate in hands-on earth science activities to become a Burke Young Naturalist. Sleuth out real jewels from fake look-alikes, investigate fossil mysteries, watch rocks transform into gems, and more! Complete the stations to earn your patch, and then stay to see the rest of the museum.

Co-Existing with Cougars

Sat., June 7, 2014 | 1 pm

Free with museum admission

Join Paula Wild, author of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous, for a presentation about our evolving relationship with the cougar, an enigmatic predator and a valuable member of our natural environment.