Virtual Education Programs

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Let the Burke come to you—virtually!

We're excited to offer two new virtual learning experiences this year.

Registration is now open—save your spot today!

Cost assistance is available for qualifying schools, organizations, and groups. Learn more.

Burke LIVE Programs

Have a Burke educator join your class live from our learning studio

Each program includes an interactive discussion or activity related to the topic, a closer look at real Burke collections and a chance for Q&A! You’ll also receive pre- and post-program materials to help prepare your students for the live experience and extend their learning afterwards. 

Dinosaurs

PreK – Grade 1

Learn how to tell if an ancient creature is a dinosaur or not a dinosaur.

See casts of real fossils that come from dinosaurs, then move like a dinosaur and show us your best dinosaur impressions!

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COST STRUCTURE & PRICING

Program duration: 45 minutes

Maximum 35 students per program. Multiple sessions can be booked for larger groups of students.

 $90

Ecosystems

PreK – Grade 1

Listen to a story about a tree’s life and the animals who call it home.

Start your introduction to ecosystems through a closer look at habitat and the relationships between living things and their environments. Learn how a tree continues to have a role to play even after it has fallen over. Then see some real examples of plants and animals from the Burke’s collection that are talked about in the story!

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COST STRUCTURE & PRICING

Program duration: 45 minutes

Maximum 35 students per program. Multiple sessions can be booked for larger groups of students.

 $90

Ecosystems

Grades 2–8

Life is linked!

Take a close-up look at organisms from a Washington state ecosystem. Work as a group to identify the roles that each organism might play in its ecosystem, and learn about the way living things interact with each other and their environment.

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COST STRUCTURE & PRICING

Program duration: 45 minutes

Maximum 35 students per program. Multiple sessions can be booked for larger groups of students.

 $90


Looking for a different virtual program topic?

Reach out and let us know!
We're developing more content to offer in the near future.

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Virtual Field Trips

Web-based, virtual tours of the museum

Designed to support classroom curriculum, our Virtual Field Trips are interactive, self-paced experiences. All you need is an internet connection and web browser to get started.

You’ll get unlimited access to this digital resource for the month of your choice. Options for leading your group through the tour synchronously or asynchronously are provided.

Virtual Field Trips have been designed for and are recommended for Grades 2–8. We recommend that students in Grades 2–3 have adult assistance if being asked to use the digital resource on their own. 

Want a sneak peek of a Virtual Field Trip?

Virtual Field Trip preview

Each virtual field trip includes:

  • A visit to one of the exhibit galleries at the Burke.
  • Behind-the-scenes moments in our collections, workrooms, and lab spaces.
  • Prompts, activities, and videos that get your students thinking about natural history and culture.
  • A facilitation guide for teachers with suggested ways to use the virtual field trip with a group of students.
  • Access to an exclusive 30 minute live stream Q&A event with the Burke. Your students can submit questions ahead of the event to be answered during the live stream.

Cultures of the Pacific Northwest

Learn about the Coast Salish and Columbia Plateau Native peoples on this virtual tour of the Burke Museum.

By looking closely at our collections, we can learn about ancestral ways of life, how traditions are passed down through generations, and how they continue to be practiced today. Go behind the scenes with Burke archaeology collections staff to learn about their work and how collections are cared for.

Check out the contemporary art by Native artists in the Northwest Native Art gallery. We encourage you to continue your learning of Native American cultures by reaching out to your local Tribe for more resources. Learn more.

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COST STRUCTURE & PRICING

Unlimited access to this digital resource for the month of your choice for a class of up to 35 students: $40

Paleontology at the Burke

Dig into fossils and paleontology!

Go behind the scenes with Paleontology Fossil Lab Manager, Kelsie Abrams to learn how fossils are prepared for study in the wet lab. Take a journey through time in the Fossils Uncovered gallery. Visit the Floor 3 experience alcove to learn more about rocks and fossils with an exciting activity.

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COST STRUCTURE & PRICING

Unlimited access to this digital resource for the month of your choice for a class of up to 35 students: $40

Virtual Programs FAQ

Absolutely! Our virtual offerings have been designed for youth learning in a variety of settings including school groups, homeschool groups, micro-schools, after school programs, community groups, early learning or childcare centers and libraries. If you have questions about whether a virtual program is a good fit for your group, we are always happy to discuss your needs and help you find which program will be the best fit. Reach out to us at burked@uw.edu or 206.543.5591.

 

Yes, however our virtual field trip URL and password is changed each month. If you’d like to request access to a virtual field trip for an additional month, please submit your request for the month you’d like access to begin, then send us a follow-up email at burked@uw.edu to let us know you’d like to extend your access. We will book your access for the months you indicate in your email. Each month of access costs $40, and you will be invoiced accordingly. Please note that you will be sent a unique URL and password for each month of access that you book.

Burke Live! Programs have been designed for groups of learners, rather than individual students, and we require a minimum group size of five participants. If you have less than five students in your group, we recommend booking a Virtual Field Trip or Burke Box program. Both of these programs work well for individuals, as well as small groups.

In order to ensure the best experience for every student, the maximum group size for each 45-minute program is 35 participants. If you have more than 35 participants, then multiple sessions can be booked to accommodate larger groups.

 

Burke Live! programs will take place over the secure video conferencing platform (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, etc.) used by your school, district, or organization. Using your organization’s preferred platform, you will need to set up and share a meeting link with the Burke Education team. The Burke Educator will join your virtual meeting as a guest to lead the program. During the program, it is helpful if you can enable screen-sharing for the Burke Educator, though it is not required.

If you do not have the capabilities to set up a virtual platform on your own, we can work with you to set up an alternative solution. If this will be necessary, we ask that you contact us to discuss your needs in advance of requesting your program. Please reach out to us at burked@uw.edu or 206.543.5591.

Burke Live! programs are available Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 4 PM.

If you want to request a program outside of these days and times, please reach out to us at burked@uw.edu or 206.543.5591 before submitting your request.

Yes, if you need to change or cancel a reservation, please call the Education office at 206.543.5591 or email burked@uw.edu as soon as possible.

Cancellations must be made a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled program for a refund. Cancellations made with less than two weeks notice will be charged the full fee. We will work with you to reschedule the program for a different date if possible.

 

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.

If you have any questions about our virtual offerings, please contact us via email or by phone before submitting a request. When you’re ready, you can submit your request via our online form. Once we have received your request, we will respond with more information. If we can accommodate your request, you will receive an email with your reservation details and a link to confirm or decline the reservation. If we are unable to accommodate your request, we will contact you to discuss alternative dates or options.

Once your program is finalized, you will receive an invoice and any pre-program materials via email. You can pay for your program by check, credit card or purchase order. For Burke Live! programs, payment is due on or before the date of your program.

For Virtual Field Trips payment is due on or before your access end date. If you choose to pay by credit card, you can do so via our online portal. You will receive a link to this portal when you confirm your reservation.

Please note:

  • Placing a hold on a tentative date and time will hold your program for one week. If you do not confirm your program within one week of placing a hold, your hold will be released.
     
  • Cancellation for Virtual Field Trips and Burke Live! programs must be made two weeks in advance in order to receive a refund. Efforts will be made to reschedule your program if you must cancel within two weeks prior to your program, but refunds cannot be offered.
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Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum