March 09, 2009

Burkemobile hits the road!

Posted by: Tim Stetter, Education

Last week, the Burke Education office conducted our first Burkemobile (yes, Burkemobile!) outreach program at Lincoln Elementary School in Ellensburg. This classroom-based program features three hands-on lessons (ecosystems, fossils, Native Cultures) that bring a unique museum experience to schools and students that normally can't visit us. One of the 5th grade teachers wrote that this was "an amazing day for our students." Next up on the schedule: Gilbert Elementary in Yakima and the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham. We also have multi-day trips in May to Aberdeen and Forks. A special thanks goes to the Burke collections managers and curators who helped prepare specimens for this outreach program!

This photograph shows a model of a wetland ecosystem, created by a team of 5th graders using specimens from the Burke Museum's education collection, including a juvenile Chinook Salmon, pressed Cattail, Monarch butterfly, Muskrat skull, and Great Blue Heron feather.

For more about Burke Education programs, visit our website.