ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 36,000 square foot, award-winning LEED-certified facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences. We believe and teach that everyone can make a difference--that all it takes is one drop to change an action, change direction, change a mind--change our world.
ECHO is the public face of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Lake Champlain — a 2.2 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront. In addition to ECHO, The Leahy Center is home to:
The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is named in honor of Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, for their tireless advocacy on behalf of this one-of-a-kind natural treasure, Lake Champlain, and protecting it for generations to come.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center works hard to continually "better our best" in terms of education, outreach and partnerships. Recent upgrades and improvements include the completion of the Revision Lakeside Pavilion, outdoor Dealer.com Terrace, the Action Lab on the top floor and solar panels on the roof. Upcoming improvements include Sustatinability Park, an eco-friendly, hands-on, interactive, open-to-the-public outdoor space that teaches Lake stewardship.