Burke educators share real museum objects with classrooms and communities across the state
BurkeMobile is a traveling program that brings Burke educators and real museum objects to classrooms and schools across Washington state. Students investigate our state’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on activities that augment classroom curriculum, stimulate curiosity, model new ways to learn, and create “wow” moments your students will never forget. BurkeMobile programs are a great fit for your classroom, entire school or library!
Our early learner programs are designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, ages 3 and up.
Why are stories important? What can they teach us? Learn about Native American cultures and storytelling traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Listen to a Northwest Coast tale about Raven, the Trickster. See and touch real Native American cultural objects from the story, and then create your own story and Northwest Coast-themed mask. We encourage you to continue your learning of Native American cultures by reaching out to your local tribe for more resources.
What was the world like millions of years ago? Become a paleontologist and discover what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Interact with real fossils and casts from our museum as we take an expedition through geologic time and learn about ancient life during the age of dinosaurs!
I spy science in my backyard! How do bees help flowers? How can a spider web protect a leaf? Become a biologist and discover how plants and animals work together in a simple ecosystem. Examine real bird and insect specimens from our museum as we take a closer look at the natural world.
The classroom lesson format is designed to allow focused exploration of a specific topic. Taught by Burke educators, these lessons include hands-on activities and interactions with real museum objects.
*Note about Living Traditions: The Living Traditions program is no longer being offered as a classroom lesson. Rather, a pilot version of our new Living Traditions Mini Museum experience is now available for the 2017–2018 school year (see below). Please contact Burke Education for more information!
What can a shard of pottery or an ancient trash heap tell us about people who lived long ago? Become an archaeologist as you analyze real artifacts from the Burke’s archaeology lab. Learn about stratigraphy, relative dating, and context as you work in a team to solve an archaeological mystery!
Take a journey through Washington’s diverse ecosystems. What would life be like on the steppe of Eastern Washington or in an old growth forest? Why do salmon need cedar trees? Build a model ecosystem using real insect, mammal, bird and fish specimens from our museum, then investigate what happens when nature’s balance gets disrupted.
Let us transform your gym or library into a miniature museum! Mini Museum programs offer an opportunity to get up close and personal with specimens, objects and artifacts that represent different areas of the Burke’s collections. Interpreted by our Burke educators, these interactive exhibits encourage object-based, hands-on learning on a variety of topics. We currently offer two Mini Museum experiences to choose from—more coming soon!
This travelling set of exhibits includes both culture and natural history materials such as rocks and minerals, fossils, mammal skulls, Coast Salish art and artifacts, and so much more! This program is a great overview of what your state museum of natural history and culture has to offer.
What does it mean for a tradition to be “living?” Engage with cultural objects from our museum and learn about traditions still practiced by contemporary Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. See how cultural practices can grow and change over time from generation to generation and learn about the diverse Native cultures in Washington State. We encourage you to continue your learning of Native American cultures by reaching out to your local tribe for more resources.
*This program is being offered as a pilot for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact us for more information!
BurkeMobile reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. We accept reservations for the following school year beginning June 1. Reservations for the current school year are accepted on an ongoing basis. Programs can be arranged through the online reservation form, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling us at 206.543.5591.
Should you need to cancel or reschedule your program for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible!
We’re happy to work with you to reschedule your program. Reservations for BurkeMobile programs must be made at least two weeks in advance; we will not be able to reschedule your program for a date less than two weeks out.
BurkeMobile programs must be cancelled a minimum of two weeks in advance 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.
Please note: We are introducing a new, flat-fee pricing structure in 2017, effective for any programs booked for a date after January 1, 2017. The new program fees are based on location and include travel. Please see below for a price range for our two programming formats. For an exact quote please contact Burke Education.
Early Learner Programs: $350–$1,450
Classroom Lessons: $350-$1,450
Mini Museum: $650-$1,600
The Burke offers cost assistance for organizations with 40% or more of their student population eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Cost assistance offerings are as follows:
- Organizations with 40-59% of their student population eligible for the National School Lunch program qualify for half-priced program fees
- Organizations with 60-100% of their student population eligible for the National School Lunch program qualify for waived program fees
- Some cost assistance is available for other circumstances
Payment is due by the date of your program. You can pay by credit card, check or purchase order. Paying before the date of your program is recommended, as Burke educators cannot accept forms of payment on the day of the program.
Credit Card: Please call Burke Education at 206.543.5591 to pay with a credit card.
Checks and Purchase Orders
Please mail to the following address:
Attn: Education Division
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
“My students enjoyed handling the artifacts... Many of them do not have the opportunity to visit museums so it was a unique and eye-opening experience.”
“As a teacher I will use this experience as a springboard for writing/science/social studies all year long. It enabled my students to all have a common shared experience on which to build future learning.”
The “Living Traditions” BurkeMobile program was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.