Prep for your trip at Burke Museum’s Summer Festival

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture wants to help make your summer explorations more fun and exciting. That’s why it is holding the Burke Museum Summer Festival on Saturday.

Visitors will have the chance to learn how to read a map, where to go birding or celebrate the native cultures of the Northwest, where to find the best tidal pools and how to press plants or pitch a tent.

Activities include:

 • Learn how to recognize the better known birds and mammals of Washington by examining specimens from the Burke’s collections.

 • Discover the world of bugs beneath rocks and trees with Scarabs: the Bug Society.

 • Make your own field journal for recording your activities, pressing flowers, or drawing pictures.

 • Explore the University of Washington campus during a short family nature walk.

 • Discover fossils of Washington with the Stonerose Interpretive Center.

In addition to family activities, the day will include a series of talks. Among those scheduled are:

Crash Course in Camping for Kids: They will learn about the essentials for camping including choosing a safe tent site, what to do if you see a bear, how to go potty in the woods and how to properly put out your campfire.

Land on the Move: Professor emeritus Stan Chernicoff will talk about the geological forces that move the Earth beneath our feet. He will offer recommendations on where to witness these forces in action as you travel about the state.

Finding Your Way: Maps, Compasses and Natural Navigation: Learn how to read a map, use a compass and find your way using the sun and stars.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

All the activities are included in the museum admission. The cost to enter is $10 general admission, $8 for seniors, $7.50 for students/youths. Admission is free to children 4 and younger, Burke members, University of Washington students, faculty and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month.

The museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on first Thursday of the month.

For more information, including a schedule of the talks, call 206-543-5590 or go to burkemuseum.org/events.