Burke Programs

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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. Questions? Contact the Burke Education team. 

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At the Museum
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School + Group Visits

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

Summer campers on steps


One-of-a-kind fun with dinos, mystery 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 and offer hands-on research experiences to spark your scientific curiosity!

The Burke Comes to You
Burke Box environment of Washington

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.

Library Program led by the Burke Museum

Library + Community Programs

Museum collections enliven events of all kinds, connecting children and families to inspiring out-of-school experiences. Burke educators bring real museum objects and activities to events throughout the community.

Docent Presentation

Docent Presentations

Focusing on the natural world or Northwest culture, these 1-hour presentations are designed for adults and great for community organizations and retirement centers.

For Educators
DIG Field School landscape

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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