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 for the time being. This includes our Field Trips and BurkeMobile programs.

However, we will be resuming Burke Box rentals this fall, and we are excited to be offering some brand new Virtual Learning Experiences! Our boxes and virtual offerings will be available to book soon. On October 1, 2020, registration for these programs will open. You will be able to book Burke Boxes and virtual offerings for November 1, 2020 and beyond.

Yes. Based on research from the CDC, NHS, WHO and other major institutions guiding the global and national novel coronavirus response, we have updated our cleaning protocols for Burke Boxes to ensure a safe experience for both clients and Burke staff. These new cleaning protocols combine processes like isolation, alcohol sanitization, and UV sterilization, all proven methods for eliminating the novel coronavirus, to ensure that Burke Boxes and their contents are safe for handling before they are released to a new client.

Updates to our rental policies ensure that there is a standardized time period between each box rental that allows ample time for both isolation and disinfection. We encourage facilitators (and learners, if you’re doing in-person learning experiences) to help us further increase the safety of Burke Box use by following recommended best practices—wear face protection and gloves when handling Burke Box collection items and follow proper handwashing procedures before and after engaging with your Burke Box.

We are not able to offer Field Trips and BurkeMobile programs until further notice. We hope to offer these programs again in the future, and we will make an announcement as soon as these programs can be booked once again. Please sign up for our Educator emails to ensure you are among the first to know when these programs have become available again.

In the meantime, Burke Boxes and some new Virtual School Programs will be available for the 2020–2021 school year. On October 1, 2020, registration for these programs will open. You will be able to book Burke Boxes and virtual offerings for November 1, 2020 and beyond.

Yes! Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer cost assistance to schools 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.

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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