WENATCHEE – The prestigious Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will bring two of its traveling programs to the North Central Washington and Columbia Basin regions in the coming weeks.

The museum’s first leg is entitled “Dig It!” and will feature a theme centered around prehistoric life and geology, giving participants the opportunity to examine genuine fossils, as well as a variety of rocks and minerals.

The mobile exhibition will also offer opportunities to get a first-hand look at cast replicas of real dinosaurs and even to unearth fossils.

The Burke’s visits are coordinated through the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) system, who hosted a similar theme from the museum last summer.

“Last year we primarily directed it at children but we found that we had all the way through seniors coming and it was so fun for everybody, so this year we’re really directing it for everybody,” explained the NCRL’s children’s services manager Abby Osborn.

“Our mission is just to connect the people of North Central Washington to vital resources and opportunities,” continued Osborn. “Really cool events like the Burke Museum are great ways to make lifelong learning fun.”

“Dig It!” will make stops at nine of their branch locations, including Ephrata and Moses Lake on July 26, along with engagements that same week in Cashmere, Chelan, Entiat, Leavenworth, Manson, Quincy, and Waterville, while the tour’s stint in Wenatchee will be held on the evening of July 25 at the Pybus Public Market.

The NCRL will also welcome another traveling mini-museum from the Burke in August entitled “Living Traditions” which will feature themes based on regional Native American culture.  

The “Dig It!” program will be featured at the following NCRL locations:

  • Cashmere Public Library: 11 a.m. July 24
  • Chelan Public Library: 3 p.m. July 22
  • Entiat Public Library: 2 p.m. July 23
  • Ephrata Public Library: 10 a.m. July 26
  • Leavenworth Public Library: 4 p.m. July 24
  • Manson Public Library: 11 a.m. July 22
  • Moses Lake Public Library: 4 p.m. July 26
  • Quincy Public Library: 11 a.m. July 25
  • Waterville Public Library: 10 a.m. July 23
  • Wenatchee: 6:30 p.m. July 25 at Pybus Public Market

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