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Current Exhibits

Cougar crosswalk sign

How did the Cougar Cross the Road? Restoring wildlife passages at Snoqualmie Pass

April 17 - June 14, 2014, Fall 2014

This exhibit that tells the story of wildlife connectivity corridors linking animal populations formerly divided by Interstate 90. Follow in the footsteps of native fauna over a recreated wildlife overpass and discover how the cougar crosses the road, and how humans are helping.

Visitors may take an audio tour of this exhibition on their mobile phones.

In addition, visitors may take a student-developed audio tour of campus art and architecture.

Wolves in Washington State

January 30 - June 14, 2014

Wolves, once hunted to near extinction, are making a comeback in Washington State.  Understanding how to coexist with wolves is crucial to their survival.  A complex story, Wolves in Washington State examines wolf ecology and management issues as well as highlights the critical role wolves play in promoting a healthy ecosystem.

Incorporating thought-provoking text, map, and wildlife photos onto free-standing banners, the exhibit presents visitors with a balanced approach to the story of wolves in Washington State.  The exhibit also illuminates the important cultural significance of the wolf in Pacific Northwest Native American culture.

The exhibit also includes a touchable wolf skull cast and comparative species tracks, a "frequently asked questions" brochure, and a magnetic "current events" message board with brochure box. 

Wolves in Washington State was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington with help from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Wenas Creek Mammoth

Ongoing - Dean Hall Lobby
Thousands of years ago, a mProfessor Pat Lubinski Stands next to a life sized mammoth imageammoth was buried in the hillside near the Wenas Creek in Selah, WA. In 2005, its remains were discovered and a team from Central Washington University, headed by Pat Lubinski, began the careful process of removing the bones from the hillside. The Wenas Creek Mammoth exhibit in the MCE lobby and Window On Central display exhibit explores what the team found and what they have found out about the mammoth. The exhibit features real mammoth bones in the display case.