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Upcoming Events

The Burke offers a special event for everyone with popular annual family events like Dino Day, lectures with prominent leaders in the arts and sciences, exhibit-related programs, cultural festivals, and more!

Apr.
2
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Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Apr. 2, 2015 | 10 am – 8 pm

On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. We hope you can visit us!

Apr.
2
College Inn Pub

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Apr. 2, 2015 – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015 | 8 –  10 pm

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

Apr.
7
Burke Room

Geology of our National Parks with Dr. Stan Chernicoff

Tues., Apr. 7, 2015 – Tues., Apr. 28, 2015 | 7 –  8:30 pm

North America's National Parks are some of the world's most scenically spectacular places. They are also extraordinary laboratories in which to explore and discover virtually all things geological. This 4-week lecture series, which will highlight some of the very best geological stories within America's parks, focuses on the American West -- from Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Tetons in the Rockies to the wonders of the Colorado Plateau in Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon.

Apr.
9
Burke Museum

Graduate Student Happy Hour and 1000 Word Challenge

Thurs., Apr. 9, 2015 | 5:30 pm

A special event for UW graduate students

Can you describe your research using only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language? Can you do it better than your lab partner? Enter the 1000 Word Challenge and find out! 

Apr.
11
Burke Museum

7th Annual Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 | 9 am – 5 pm

Join award-winning authors Priscilla Long, Sierra Nelson, and Craig Romano as they lead classroom and field-based sessions on environmental writing. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.

Apr.
12
Burke Museum

StoryCraft: Trickster Stories

Sun., Apr. 12, 2015 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Just for kids: hear stories from the best Native Storytellers in the Northwest! This three-part series features Native artists sharing stories that have been a part of their cultures for hundreds of years.  Each story will be paired with a unique craft activity that children can build at the Burke and take home with them.

On April 12, the first of three StoryCrafts, hear trickster stories from two legendary troublemakers of the West—Raven and Coyote—featuring Roger Fernandes and Gene Tagaban.

Special craft activity: make your own Raven mask.

Apr.
14
Burke Museum

Spring Break Day Camp: Stories and Art of the Northwest Coast

Tues., Apr. 14, 2015 | 9 am – 4 pm

Join us for a day of storytelling and art-making inspired by the traditions of our region! Explore the Here & Now exhibit with professional storyteller and artist Roger Fernandes, then create a graphic novel inspired by the stories you have heard.

Apr.
18
Burke Museum

Gwich’in Nation’s and the Porcupine Caribou Herd

Sat., Apr. 18, 2015 | 2 pm

For over 30 years the Gwich'in Nation has worked to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the birthing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd upon which Gwich'in villages throughout Alaska and Canada depend. Adeline Raboff and her daughter, Princess 'Daazhraii' Johnson, will present stories, photographs and film about the Gwich'in Nation's connection to the Porcupine Caribou Herd and their advocacy work protecting the herds calving grounds. In addition to an immediate threat from oil & gas development, the Coastal Plain is also at the forefront of climate change.

Apr.
25
Burke Museum

Cub Scout Geology Day

Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Geologists will be on hand to answer questions and direct activities as Cub Scouts learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!

May
9
Burke Museum

Artifact ID Day

Sat., May 9, 2015 | 1 – 3 pm

What do you collect? Come share your knowledge and objects with Burke Museum experts, and find out more about your intriguing artifacts. We can work with you on objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the natural world. No appraisals will be given, limit three items per person due to the event’s popularity.

May
10
Burke Museum

StoryCraft: Stories My Mother Taught Me

Sun., May 10, 2015 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Just for kids: hear stories from the best Native Storytellers in the Northwest! This three-part series features Native artists sharing stories that have been a part of their cultures for hundreds of years. Each story will be paired with a unique craft activity that children can build at the Burke and take home with them.

On May 10 (Mother's Day!), the second of three StoryCrafts: Elaine Grinnell shares stories that teach us how to live together as families and communities.

May
16
Burke Museum

Gems and Geology: Girl Scout Day

Sat., May 16, 2015 | 10 am – 3 pm

Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to participate in hands-on earth science activities to become a Burke Young Naturalist. Sleuth out real jewels from fake look-alikes, investigate fossil mysteries, watch rocks transform into gems, design your own paper crystal, and more!

June
7
Burke Museum

StoryCraft: How the Earth was Formed

Sun., June 7, 2015 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Just for kids: hear stories from the best Native Storytellers in the Northwest! This three-part series features Native artists sharing stories that have been a part of their cultures for hundreds of years.  Each story will be paired with a unique craft activity that children can build at the Burke and take home with them.

June 7, the last of the StoryCrafts, How the Earth Was Formed: Gene Tagaban and Sondra Segundo team up to share traditional tales of the how the earth was brought into existence, and the early formation of animals, plants and humans. 

Special craft activity: learn the basics of formline drawing and draw your own magical creatures.