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Opening Day:
The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World
Saturday, June 28, 2008
10 am - 4 pm

Spend the day learning more about polar bears and life in the Arctic. Touch real polar bear pelts and other Arctic specimens and simulate the life of an explorer with a game called "Journey to the North Pole." Tour the exhibit with photographer Steven Kazlowski as he brings the photos to life with his tales of Arctic adventure. Listen to polar bear expert Steven Amstrup with the U.S. Geological Survey's Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, and Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, discuss polar bear politics. Visit with the UW's Polar Polar Science Center and our community partners to find out what's going on in your community to fight global warming and what you can do to help.

Related Summer Programs

The Last Polar Bear Summer Camp
For students entering 7th - 9th grades
July 14 - 19
Cost: $280 (10% discount for members)

The polar bear – a charismatic icon in the struggle against climate change – faces a precarious future. The photography exhibit, The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, gives students a unique opportunity to explore questions related to climate change, ecosystems, habitat loss, and conservation. Students will meet UW climate scientists, and work on their own photography project.

Climate Quest
For students entering 10th - 12th grades
July 13 - 19
Cost: $550 (Students will receive one college credit)

Climate Quest is a 7-day intensive course that combines environmental science and video production. Students will learn about the basic science of climate, the impact of climate change on the Pacific Northwest, and efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Students will create videos to communicate what they learn. The course will incorporate UW faculty, active learning projects, and witnessing climate change firsthand in the field.

Register now for Burke Summer Programs at:
Phone: 206-543 -9681 | E-Mail:

To request disability accommodations, contact the DSO office at least 10 days in advance: 206-543-6450 (voice); 206-543-6452 (tty); 206-685-3885 (fax); (e-mail).

Sow with cubs on the snow-covered pack ice of the Arctic ocean (coastal plain, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
Photograph by Steven Kazlowski