Camps

Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

Burke Camps are back!

Join us this summer for exclusive Monday gallery access as we transform the museum into a giant play space just for day camp participants.

Take a look at the FAQ section at the bottom of this page to learn more about in-person camps COVID policies, daily schedules, camper capacity, and how each camper can prepare for their day at the Burke.

Cost assistance is available. Apply now.

a student interacts with a dino skull cast during a school program
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Little Dinos Museum Takeover

Designed for students entering Grades 1–3 in the 2021/2022 school year

Get up-close to real paleontology collections at the home of the only dinosaur fossil found in Washington state!

Campers will sort real Hell Creek microfossils, create crafts to take home, go on a dino scavenger hunt, and listen to stories about ancient animals in the Burke’s galleries.

COST

$100
Burke members save 10%. Not a member? Join today!

Apply for cost assistance

SESSION 3
LIMITED SPACE REMAINING. EMAIL BURKED@UW.EDU TO REQUEST A REGISTRATION LINK.

Monday, August 2, 2021
9 AM – 2:30 PM (check in 8:45–9:15 AM, check out 2:15–2:45 PM)

Note: Aftercare is not available for this session.

a student looks at a fish specimen in a clear glass jar during a school program
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Mystery Museum Takeover

Designed for students entering Grades 4–6 in the 2021/2022 school year

Work as a team to decipher clues, solve screen-free puzzles and riddles, and earn fabulous prizes as we use the Burke’s galleries as a game board to solve the mystery of the museum! 

COST

$125
Burke members save 10%. Not a member? Join today!

Apply for cost assistance

THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL. 

Monday, July 26, 2021
9 AM – 3:30 PM (check in 8:45–9:15, check out 3:15–3:45)

Optional aftercare: 3:30–5:00 PM (+ $30)

Camps FAQ

Safety is our #1 priority. Burke camps will operate in the large open air gallery spaces of the museum and will go outdoors for lunch and snack. Campers will only interact with Burke camp staff and their camp group. Staff are experienced members of our professional educator team who are vaccinated and fully trained in current COVID protocol. We will be strictly enforcing symptom attestations, handwashing, proper mask wearing, and six feet of distance between campers in compliance with UW’s COVID policies and procedures. This camp focuses on visual thinking strategies and does not involve any shared materials. All hands-on materials will be packaged individually for your camper. Each camper will have their own 4’ desk where they can store their belongings. All Burke Youth programs are reviewed and approved by UW’s department of Environmental Health and Safety and are registered with the UW Office of Youth Development and Support.

Questions? 
Contact us

In compliance with UW’s current youth safety requirements and staffing ratios, we are only offering camps on Mondays when the museum is closed to the public.

The curriculum on July 12 will be exactly the same as the curriculum on July 19. We do not recommend signing up for both dates. 

 

Please send your child with a water bottle, sun protection, any needed medications, comfortable layered clothing, a morning snack, and a substantial lunch with items they can open themselves.

Your Welcome Letter will include a link to a camp parking pass. This pass will allow you to temporarily park in the University of Washington N1 lot (the lot closest to the Burke Museum). For more information about parking, please visit our Directions & Parking page.

We have a busy activity schedule and will unfortunately not have time to visit the cafe during camp hours.

There will be a maximum of 25 campers in the galleries.

Tentative schedule:

  • 8:45–9 AM
    Group A check in
  • 9–9:15 AM
    Group B check in
  • 9:15–9:45 AM
    Introductions
  • 9:45–10:30 AM  
    Dino Hunt 
  • 10:30–11 AM      
    Snack
  • 11–11:15 AM
    Story
  • 11:15–11:40 AM
    Microfossil Sorting and Identification
  • 11:40 AM –12:30 PM
    Paleo Puzzle
  • 12:30–1 PM
    Lunch
  • 1–1:30 PM
    Bird Walk
  • 1:30–2 PM
    Story
  • 2–2:15 PM
    Dino Dance Party
  • 2:15–2:45 PM
    Check out
  • 2:30–4 PM
    Aftercare (if applicable)

Tentative schedule:

  • 8:45–9 AM
    Group A check in
  • 9–9:15 AM
    Group B check in
  • 9:15–9:45 AM
    Introductions
  • 9:45–10:30 AM  
    Craft
  • 10:30–10:50 AM      
    Snack
  • 10:15–11 AM
    Mystery
  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM
    Gallery Games
  • 12:30–1:15 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:15–2:45 PM
    Team Word Puzzle
  • 2:45–3:15 PM
    Solve the Mystery
  • 3:15–3:45 PM
    Check out
  • 3:30–5 PM
    Aftercare (if applicable)

Due to the short registration timeline this year, we are not able to offer refunds for our summer programs.

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 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 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), or dso@uw.edu.

Want updates on Youth & Family Programs from the Burke?

Sign up here and we'll give you the scoop on activities for home, Camps, Girls in Science, and more.

Sign me up!

a burke educator teaches students during a field trip

Support Education

Your gift supports high-quality science and cultural programs for students of all ages in Washington state and innovative programs for the entire community.

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