Education

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

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Educators save $10 on Burke Museum memberships!

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

Burke education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. Using authentic materials and specimens, programs focus on using all of our senses to foster curiosity and create wonder.

Rooted in Burke research and collections, our programs emphasize the intersections of natural history and cultural heritage in Washington state and support 21st Century Skills.

Burke education programs encourage empathy for diverse cultures and all life. Whether at the museum, in the classroom, or in the community, programs encourage imagination and play, and support a lifelong love of learning.

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Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Educators & Schools

Give your students a museum experience unlike any other—whether you come to the Burke or have a Burke outreach program come to you.

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Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

Families & Youth

Bring the museum to life for learners of all ages through games, crafts, stories, experiments, demonstrations, discussions, and play.

Education Programs FAQ

To ensure the health and safety of program participants and staff, we have suspended all in-person school programs until further notice. This includes our Field Trips and BurkeMobile programs.

However, our Burke Boxes are available for rental, and we are excited to offer virtual programs for synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

More about Burke Boxes

More about Virtual Education Programs

Yes. We have used research from the CDC, NHS, WHO and other major institutions to build guidelines that ensure a safe Burke Box experience for both clients and Burke staff.

We encourage people using Burke Boxes to help us further increase the safety of Burke Boxes by following recommended best practices—wear masks and follow proper hand washing procedures before and after engaging with your Burke Box.

Our programs have been designed primarily for Washington state youth learning in a variety of settings. Schools, homeschooling families, micro-schools, after school programs, community centers, early learning or childcare centers, camps and libraries are some of the organizations and groups that have utilized our programs. We have found that some of our programs have been a great fit for adult learning as well, and have been utilized by assisted living facilities and college classes. 

If you have questions about whether a specific program is a good fit for your group, we are always happy to discuss your needs and help you find the best option for you. Reach out to us at burked@uw.edu.

Not in Washington state? No problem! We do have some options available for out-of-state: 

  • Virtual Education Programs can be booked nationwide. 

  • Burke from Home curriculum packets are a free resource available to anyone! 

Yes! Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer cost assistance to schools, families, and programs across the state. For more information please visit our Cost Assistance information page.

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Cost Assistance

Our generous donors make it possible for Burke Education to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

Have a Question? 

Burke Education is here to help.

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Support Education

Your gift makes it possible for us to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum