Top Reasons To Attend ECHO Camps
- Meet the animals
- Care for the earth
- Discover science
What Happens at ECHO Camps?
ECHO Camps occupy that powerful place where passion for science and compassion for the earth meet to create an explosively-rich environment of excitement and learning. We insist that science is fun and that kids who love science, nature, and making things are the most awesome kids around. To some outsiders, it might seem that ECHO camps are just an excuse for our staff to hang out with the most interesting children in the Northeast, but insiders know that ECHO camps are a transformative experience that combine inquiry, creativity, and guided discovery to produce one of the most engaging camp experiences in Vermont.
Set against the backdrop of the bustling Burlington Waterfront, a day at ECHO camp can move from an impromptu, behind-the-scenes observation of ECHO's animal care activities to a lakeside game of Turtle Tag to an underwater robot-enabled search for Champ. We love kids who care, kids who imagine, kids who are different, kids who know more than us, and kids who are quietly brilliant. So what do these kids do at ECHO Camp? Take a look:
Video: 4th-5th Grade Camp’s Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle Launch
Video: 3rd-5th Grade Camp’s Channel 5 News Piece
What Parents Are Saying
“We thought it was awesome that science camp was his favorite camp this year.”
“Quinn just told me ECHO camp, ‘is the most funnest camp in history.’ Thank you all!”
“Thank you SO much. Jamie had a great time and I felt that he was always in good hands with the talented staff. We plan to attend again next year. I have been telling others about your wonderful ECHO camp experience.”
"Sarah & I still talk about our trip to VT, it was a great experience. I'm going to use ECHO as a baseline to judge future summer camp experiences."
AfterCare is available for all camps until 5pm for an additional fee of $12/day.
Sign-up is available during drop-off.
ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed camps for children K - 5th grade during Vermont's October, December, February, March, and April school breaks.
February 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 (register for any or all days)
Water Park Tycoon
Grades: K - 5th
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Discover the fascinating mechanics of everyday play structures during this fun-fueled camp. Campers will blend design and hydrology to build their own water park empires, using simple machines to lift, spin, and race imaginary visitors.
Monday: Sensational Swings
Tuesday: Playful Pulleys
Wednesday: Spectacular Seesaws
Thursday: Silly Slides
Friday: Wacky Wheels
Register for Water Park Tycoon
March 2 & 3 (2 day camp)
Makers Camp: Angry Bird Feeders
Grades: 1st - 5th
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
During this imaginative camp, children will design and construct their own squirrel-proof bird fortresses. They will use simple hand tools to execute barriers and pitfalls that will keep squirrels out and native birds feasting.
Register for Makers Camp: Angry Bird Feeders
April 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 (register for any or all days)
Rock Collectors Camp Redux
Grades: K - 5th
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Rock Collectors Camp is back with an all new roster of rocks to discover. Campers will learn where to find different rocks in Vermont, discover their special properties, and explore their unique uses. Campers will also leave each day with a new rock for their home collections!
Monday: Stone Skippers
Tuesday: Rock Rembrandts
Wednesday: Copper Crafters
Thursday: Volcanic Voyagers
Friday: Stone Stackers
Register for Rock Collectors Camp Redux
ECHO offers a selection of exciting week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps for children entering K-6th grade from late-June through late-August.
Summer Camps Registration will be available February 1
Summer Camp Deposit
A $135 (member) $165 (non-member) deposit is due upon registration. The remaining $140 balance will be due two weeks prior to the start of your camp.
Summer Camp Refund Policy
Families who cancel two weeks prior the start of their camp(s) will receive a refund less a $50 check processing fee. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of a camp’s start date.
Our stellar camp team is composed of year-round ECHO educators, seasonal staff with backgrounds in science and education, and members of ECHO's environmental teen leadership program. We believe the intimate, responsive atmosphere of our camps is what makes ECHO Camps a truly engaging experience. Therefore, we ensure a low instructor-to-child ratio of approximately 1:6. Past guest instructors have included scientists from UVM's Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, members of ECHO's animal care team, WPTZ meteorologist Tom Messner, and robotic engineers from Greensea Systems Inc.
Meet Nina Ridhibhinyo, ECHO Camp Director
Nina Ridhibhinyo is in charge of ECHO's summer camps, overnights program and student summits. Prior to ECHO, Nina was a site leader for the Burlington Kids After School Program at Champlain Elementary, where she developed managed enrichment programming. She also overhauled out-of-school programming for the City of Winooski's Recreation Department, including their summer camp and after school programs. She has a ScB in Environmental Science from Brown University and experience launching a community garden, running a green jobs training program for high-risk teenagers, and teaching environmental stewardship to middle school students.
"It is my goal that every camper has a transformative experience at ECHO." -Nina Ridhibhinyo, ECHO Camp Director
Meet the 2014 Camp Counselors
ECHO Camp Scholarship
ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps.
ECHO Camp Scholarship Application available here.
Questions about camp: Nina at 1.802.864.1848 ext. 142, email@example.com
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
One College Street
Burlington, VT 05401