UW News

April 23, 2009

Dinos, fossils and video production: Registration open for Burke summer programs

With dinosaurs, fossils, climate change studies and now even video production — the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture has much to offer young students of all grades with its summer programs, and registration is already open. Oh, and the mysterious Dr. Mossbreath will be back, too.

There will be five summer programs, running from late June though mid-July. Click here to learn more and register online. And remember that there is a 10 percent discount for Burke members and holders of UW ID.

Here’s the rundown, with descriptions from the Burke Museum’s Web page.

Little Dinos!

For students entering kindergarten and first grade. June 22-26. $175.

  • Hold a real dinosaur tooth! Practice being a paleontologist with a real fossil-hunter. See how big dinosaurs really were, make your own fossil cast and more. Spend a week with dinosaurs this summer!


For students entering second and third grade. July 13-17. $200.

  • Do you love dinosaurs? Are you ready to be a Junior Paleontologist? Join the Burke Museum to explore the time of dinosaurs and what it was like when the giant reptiles roamed the Earth. In this hands-on camp you will touch real fossils, search for Jurassic plants, make your own fossil cast and much more!

Dr. Mossbreath’s Mystery

For students entering grades four through six. July 20-24. $200.

  • The mysterious Dr. Mossbreath (who bears a striking resemblance to Carl Sander, Burke public program manager) is back with a challenge that sends us behind-the-scenes through the museum’s amazing collections. If you accept the challenge, you will spend the week as a Junior Naturalist, following maps, peering through microscopes, and discovering clues inside and outside the museum to solve an exciting mystery!

Girls in Science

For girls entering grades seven through nine. July 6-10. $300.

  • Girls in Science offers a special opportunity for girls to practice hands-on science with real UW scientists. Discover paleontology, genetics, meteorology, and more in this girls-only camp! Visit labs and scientists at the Burke Museum and on the UW campus. Explore what it takes to be a scientist, perform real scientific procedures yourself and learn about discoveries that scientists are making today that will affect our lives in the future.

Climate Quest

For students entering grades 10 through 12. July 10, 13-18. $600.

  • A seven-day intensive course that combines climate science and video production. Students will learn the basic science of climate, the impact of climate change on the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Students will produce videos that creatively interpret climate change in the Puget Sound region in 2050 to communicate what they’ve learned to their peers and others. The course incorporates active learning projects, discussions with guests from the UW climate faculty and the Seattle business and government communities, and the opportunity to witness climate change first-hand in the field. (Created in partnership with the UW Program on Climate Change and the Master of Communication in Digital Media program.)

For more information on the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and its programs, visit online at www.burkemuseum.org or call 206-543-5590.