Burke Programs

High-quality, hands-on science and cultural learning programs across Washington state

Whether digging in to dinosaur fossils at the museum or learning about Northwest Coast art from traveling museum educators, Burke programs can help your students, children and communities connect to natural history and culture in meaningful ways.

Please note: The Burke Museum is building a new museum that will open in fall 2019. Construction on the New Burke project begins in early May 2016 and will impact parking. Bus parking will be available in the roundabout in front of the Burke's main entrance. For more information about parking, please visit our Directions + Parking page.

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Contact the Burke Education team at burked@uw.edu or 206.543.5591.

At the Museum
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School + Group Programs

Our interactive programs are facilitated by Burke educators using standards-based curriculum, and include pre- and post-visit materials for teachers.

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One-of-a-kind fun with dinos, rocks, minerals and more! Uncover fossils, examine artifacts, and take a behind-the-scenes peek at the museum! Camps are held each year during winter, spring and summer breaks for children entering grades K–8.

Scout Programs tour

Scout Programs

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts can earn awards in special Scouts-only programs held throughout the year.

a middle school girl closely studies a leaf as part of the Girls In Science program

Girls in Science

Girls in Science programs connect girls with Burke and University of Washington women scientists to offer hands-on research experiences that spark scientific curiosity!

The Burke Comes to You
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Burke Boxes

Over 1,000 incredible cultural artifacts and scientific specimens fill our Burke Boxes—portable teaching collections designed to supplement the study of natural history and culture for all ages.


This special traveling program brings Burke educators and real museum objects to classrooms across the state, where students participate in hands-on, standards-based investigations of cultures and the natural world.

For Educators
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DIG Field School

The DIG Field School connects K–12 teachers with Burke and University of Washington scientists at active field research sites.

Two girls at a BurkeMobile community night

Educational Resources

Browse for tools designed to enhance some of our most popular education programs—including Burke Boxes, BurkeMobile and group visits. 

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