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Muddy fun awaits the brave, the eager and the adventurous at ECHO’s 9th Annual Earth Weeks’ MudFest!

Slide into spring with this annual celebration of the earth! Explore and play in the mud, and in the process, learn to appreciate the importance mud plays in the environmental health of our region.

2015 ECHO Earth Weeks’ MudFest highlights:

  • The always-popular “Mud Fling”: Daily at 2:00 p.m. Scoop up a spoonful — or handful — of sopping-wet earth, then drop it three stories down towards a giant target below. Now that’s physics!
  • Meet the Animals: Each day a special animal ambassador will be introduced to our guests and allow us to tell the story of the importance of Lake stewardship and what it means to the health of our animal friends both in and out of the water.
  • Mud Table: Daily  Super-sized mud tables with creative play tools. Oh yes, play all you want in the mud! (Cleaning water and wipes will be at-the-ready)
  • Edible Bugs! That's right! Every day during MudFest, Sugarsnap will be offering edible crickets (yes, real bugs!) for you to try for free!
  • Animal Movie: Learn about the mink frog or moose in an ECHO Exclusive films
  • And more!

So pull on your mud boots and celebrate spring, Earth Day, Mud Season, and the coming of warmer days, all at once — just slide down to ECHO Earth Weeks’ MudFest for more muddy fun than you can possibly imagine!

Daily Schedule*:

10:30 a.m. Animal Feeding
11:30 a.m. Muddy finger painting and face painting
12:30 p.m. Muddy Investigations: owl pellet dissections or worm
2 p.m. MudFling!
3 p.m. Animal Feeding
4 p.m. Movie
*Subject to change with special events. Daily schedule is posted every day by 9:30 a .m.

Special Dates:

Monday, April 20
2 p.m. Unlock the Secret of Soils. It’s the International Year of Soils! Join Caroline Alves, Soil Scientist from the USDA. She’ll show us a film and engage us with a hands-on soil activity with give-aways! Then we’ll march upstairs and fling mud from the top story of ECHO to a target below. All in celebration of mud!

Wednesday, April 22: EARTH DAY programs
2 p.m. Compost Making! Rhonda Mace, CSWD School & Youth Outreach Coordinator will engage our audience in how they can make compost. She will bring red wiggler compost worms for this interactive program. After Rhonda's program, we'll fling mud from the top story of ECHO to a target below. All in celebration of mud!
4 p.m. Got Science: Space! With the Hubble Space Telescope 25th anniversary coming up, John O'Meara, Associate Professor of Physics, St. Michael's College will present "Hubble’s Greatest Hits" along with exploring the fure of space telescopes in ECHO's Lakeside Hall theater.

Saturday, April 25: Wildlife Encounters!
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. New Hampshire’s professional educators Wildlife Encounters returns to ECHO. The visitors this time include a Sulcata tortoise, Mini-pig, African giant bullfrog, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and Giant Argentine tegu lizard.

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