Camp Information

Camps will return in 2020 in the New Burke!

The Burke Museum will be closed from December 30, 2018, through fall 2019 while we move collections and prepare exhibits for the new Burke Museum (opening fall 2019). Since we'll be closed, we will not be offering camp programs in 2019.

Subscribe to the Burke's monthly email for announcements related to the opening of the new facility and when you can sign up for future camp offerings. We look forward to seeing you in the New Burke!

Cost

Pricing varies by camp. Please see the individual camp offerings for specific costs. 

Cost Assistance

Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer a limited number of scholarships for children to attend Burke camps. Please submit the Camp Cost Assistance Form to get started!

Burke Member Discount

Burke Members receive a discount on all camp registrations. Become a member today!

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations must be made fourteen (14) days in advance in order to receive a refund. Availability permitting, it may be possible to transfer your registration fee to another camp. 

Please note: Camps are subject to cancellation if enrollment numbers are low. All fees paid will be refunded in full.

Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer aftercare?

Aftercare is available 3–5:30 pm (4–5:30 pm for afternoon Little Dinos) for a fee of $15 per day at time of camp registration. The cost increases to $30 per day for requests made after registration is submitted. Discounts do not apply. Day-of aftercare registration is not available. 

What time do camps start/end?

Dinos, Emeralds & Earthquakes, Girls in Science, & Gross Out Camps:

  • Drop off: 8:45–9 am
  • Camp: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Pick up: 3–3:15 pm for full-day camps. Late pick-ups will incur a fee.

Little Dinos Morning Camp:

  • Drop off: 8:45–9 am
  • Camp: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Pick up: 12–12:15 pm. Late pick-ups will incur a fee.

Little Dinos Afternoon Camp:

  • Drop off: 12:45-1:00 pm
  • Camp: 1–4 pm
  • Pick up: 4–4:15 pm for full-day camps. Late pick-ups will incur a fee.
What does the typical camp day look like?

Each day we typically do a group discussion and icebreaker game in the morning, followed by snack at 10:15 or 10:30 am. Weather permitting, we go outside for lunch and free-play from noon to 1 pm. Activities for our camps vary greatly, but all involve scavenger hunts, lots of crafts, and analysis of real museum artifacts/specimens.

What should we bring to camp?

Please send your child with a lunch (full day camps only), snack, sun protection, any needed medications, and comfortable layered clothing. Always send a water bottle as we will be outside a lot and our building can get warm. You may also bring self-regulation tools (book, fidgets) and safe/non-violent lunch toys (Frisbee, baseball glove, etc.).

My child requires special accommodations. What do I do?

We will make every effort to accommodate your child. Please give a detailed description of your child’s needs while registering them for camp. You (or an aide) are welcome to stay with your child during camp. We particularly recommend this if your child has an IEP in school. To request UW disability accommodations, contact Disability Services Office at the University of Washington at least 10 days in advance: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.3885 (fax) or dso@uw.edu.

Where do I park?

Your Welcome Letter includes a camp parking pass. This pass will allow you to temporarily park in the roundabout in front of the Burke's main entrance. For more information about parking, please visit our Directions + Parking page.

My child is advanced for their grade level. Can I enroll them in a camp for older students?

In order to ensure that we have enough spaces available to serve the intended audience of each camp, we must maintain our grade requirements. This also ensures that our camp activities and staff-to-camper ratios are appropriate, and that our campers are able to work well together. We have found that campers have a significantly better experience when they are with students in their own grade levels.

Can my daughter participate in the Girls in Science Camp and the year-long Girls in Science program?

The Girls in Science Camp is a scaled version of the year-long Girls in Science program, so many of the activities are identical. For this reason, we rarely accept girls into the year-long program who have also participated in Girls in Science Camp. If your student has already participated in one of our middle school programs and is entering high school, we encourage her to apply to our high school program here.

Why do you offer programs that are only for girls?

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. Burke Museum all-gender camps are typically more attended by boys than by girls; in 2016 67% of our campers identified as boys while only 33% identified as girls. The Girls in Science program seeks to increase female participation by providing a supportive environment where girls can connect to a variety of scientific fields.

Why don’t you offer full-day camps for K-1 graders?

Our current facility, most notably the lack of climate control, can be very fatiguing for young visitors. To ensure that our campers have a fun experience and leave the museum wanting to come back, we have found that a four-hour camp day is ideal for our youngest campers. 

Why don’t you offer more camps for teens?

Past enrollment for these programs has been very low, so we are looking for new ways to better serve this audience. Have a suggestion for a teen program? Let us know!

Questions?

For questions, please contact us at 206.543.5591 or burked@uw.edu.

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