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ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps during summer break and school vacation weeks.

Seeking Imagineers

Campers are sucessful in their search for Champ

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Campers dissect owl pellets

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.

A camper's diagram of the leap of the red-eyed tree frogSet 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

Campers dress-up for a stewardship-themed play

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."

Campers dissect owl pellets

 

AfterCare

Aftercare is available until 5:00pm for $12/day.
Aftercare sign-up is done morning-of and must be paid in cash or check.


Vacation Camps

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

Member: $60/day
Non-member: $65/day
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.

Member: $120
Non-member: $130
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

Member: $60/day
Non-member: $65/day
Register for Rock Collectors Camp Redux

 


Campers greet a family of ducks on the WaterfrontSummer Camps

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.

ECHO Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
AfterCare is available.

June 22 – June 26, 2015

Master Builders’ Workshop
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? From simple circuits to simple machines, campers will discover new ways to bring cardboard and lego inventions to life. We will experience cutting-edge DIY technology, such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, create stop-motion animation videos, and create our own simple machine masterpieces. Can you improve upon the double-decker couch?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Master Builders’ Workshop

Damsels in Design and Engineering (Girls Only Camp)
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? From simple circuits to simple machines, campers will discover new ways to bring cardboard and lego inventions to life. We will experience cutting-edge DIY technology, such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, create stop-motion animation videos, and create our own simple machine masterpieces. Can you improve upon the double-decker couch?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Damsels in Design and Engineering

 

June 29 – July 2, 2015 (4-day camps)

Champ Parade
Grades: Entering K

Is Champ friendly or fearsome? Have you ever seen him? During this adventure-fueled camp, children will investigate the wild animals of Lake Champlain while in hot-pursuit of its resident lake monster. We’ll investigate Champ sighting stories, build our own giant Champ puppet, meet ECHO’s live animals, and use the power of science to discover the truth. So, are you a believer or skeptic?

Member: $225
Non-member: $250
Register for Champ Parade

Lego Robots Mission: Save the Lake
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

The Lake Champlain Watershed is in danger, but there are some missions too dangerous for humankind. Using Lego Mindstorms, you and your team must build programmable Lego robots to complete your mission to save Lake Champlain. Campers will learn basic drag-and-drop programming and design robots using high-tech sensors and motors. They will then put their robots to the test at week’s end.

Member: $225
Non-member: $250
Register for Lego Robots Mission

 

July 6 – July 10, 2015

Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Did pirates once terrorize our waterways? Are there such things as freshwater mermaids? How many lake monsters live in Lake Champlain anyway? In this imaginative offering, children will experience high-sea style fun while exploring the history and culture of Lake Champlain. We will search for treasure in the depths of ECHO’s model shipwreck, investigate mythical creatures, and make merry at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. So, arrrrrrr you in?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters Camp

Capture the Castle
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Experience the age of knights and castles, while exploring the mechanics of medieval technology during this festive camp. We will discover cannons and wooden ships at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, practice the art of arrow making, and investigate the science of bridge building. We will also construct our own miniature counterweight catapults to take home at week’s end; siblings, take cover.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Capture the Castle

 

July 13 – July 17, 2015

Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

What kind of homes do our furry and feathered friends make? In this camp, children will learn about building from nature's best engineers, investigating beaver dams, fox burrows, and bird nests. They will explore ECHO’s special exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl, build their own forts, and meet owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Bear Dens, Owl Nests, and Forest Forts

Wings: Falcons to F-16’s
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ECHO Camp! From falcons to F-16's, this camp will explore human and avian flight. Campers will explore the physics of flight, discover different birds of prey, and design and build their own kites and aircrafts. They will also meet real live hawks and owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Wings: Falcons to F-16’s

 

July 20 – July 24, 2015

Flap, Waddle, Hop
Grades: Entering K

Do you love animals? Come explore the diverse world of animal movement during this fun-filled camp. Meet a snapping turtle; befriend a frog! We will investigate a different animal group each day, coming to face-to-face with live animals from the reptile, amphibians, fish, mammal, and bird families. We will also explore ECHO’s special summer exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Flap, Waddle Hop

Frog-o-rama
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Every frog is awesome! From poison dart frogs to red-eyed tree frogs, children will explore ECHO’s weird and wacky collection of amphibians. They will create camouflage, build life-size models, and produce green screen videos about their frogs. They will then strap on their mud boots and search for wild frogs like real herpetologists.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Frog-o-rama

 

July 27 – July 31, 2015

Master Builders’ Workshop
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? From simple circuits to simple machines, campers will discover new ways to bring cardboard and lego inventions to life during this hands-on camp. We will experience cutting-edge DIY technology, such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, create stop-motion animation videos, and create our own simple machine masterpieces. Can you improve upon the double-decker couch?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Masters Builders’ Workshop

DIY Makers
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Are you a tinkerer, designer, inventor? This camp is designed to give you the space, tools, and support you need to bring your inner imaginings to life. During this camp, campers will design their own circuits, program robots, animate movies, and hack toys. Campers will also visit one of Burlington’s emerging “Maker Spaces” to check-out cutting-edge DIY technology, including 3-D printers and laser cutters.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for DIY Makers

 

August 3 – August 7, 2015

Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Did pirates once terrorize our waterways? Are there such things as freshwater mermaids? How many lake monsters live in Lake Champlain anyway? In this imaginative offering, children will experience high-sea style fun while exploring the history and culture of Lake Champlain. We will search for treasure in the depths of ECHO’s model shipwreck, investigate mythical creatures, and make merry at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. So, arrrrrrr you in?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters

Shipwreck Scientists
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Did you know there are over 300 known shipwrecks in Lake Champlain? Did you know you can explore some first-hand? In this camp, children will gain exclusive access to Lake Champlain’s murky depths. They will explore underwater robotic technology, voyage out on a shipwreck tour, conduct their own shipwreck investigation, and peer into the past at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Shipwreck Scientists

 

August 10 – August 14, 2015

Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

What kind of homes do our furry and feathered friends make? In this camp, children will learn about building from nature's best engineers, investigating beaver dams, fox burrows, and bird nests. They will explore ECHO’s special exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl, build their own forts, and meet owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts

Go Viral! Wildlife Videography
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Did you see it? Look, over there! Equipped with tablets, Flip-cams, and green screen technology, campers will shoot and produce their own wildlife videos. They will capture live animal footage, edit, and post their short films to ECHO’s YouTube channel to share with the world. At the end of the week, they will host a short film festival to share their masterpieces with family and friends.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Go Viral! Wildlife Videography

 

August 17 – August 21, 2015

Turtlology
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

A snapping turtle’s bite is 9x stronger than a human’s. Stinkpot turtles protect themselves by releasing a foul stench. Selecting from our awesome array of turtles, children will investigate a turtle from ECHO’s collection. They will become experts on their turtles, video recording behavior and meeting turtles close-up. At week’s end, they will share their knowledge with friends and families during a special camp reception.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Turtlology

Marine Biology Gets Fresh
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Have you always dreamed about becoming a marine biologist? Your training starts now. Getting up close and personal with ECHO’s live animals, campers will learn what it takes to become a marine or freshwater biologist. They will go behind-the-scenes at ECHO, meet real aquatic biologists, and study seastars and other tidal animals in ECHO’s collection. Capping off the week, campers will head out on the lake in UVM’s Melosira Research Vessel to conduct their very own field study!

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Marine Biology Gets Fresh

 

August 24 – August 25, 2015 (2-day camp)

Potions & Charms
Grades: Entering 1st - 6th

Calling all wizards, witches, and would-be magicians. Earn your O.W.L’s during this two-day magic training camp. Children will explore the science of illusion and the magic of chemistry. Amaze your friends by performing incredible levitation tricks and by turning grape juice into lemonade. Unpack your wand, the witching hour is here.

Member: $120
Non-member: $130
Register for Potions & Charms


Summer Camp Deposit

A $140 (member) $170 (non-member) deposit is due upon registration. The remaining $140 balance will be due two weeks prior to the start of your camp. Your deposit will be less if you are registering for a 4-day camp. Your full fee is due upon registration if you are registering for the 2-day camp.

Summer Camp Refund Policy

Families who cancel two weeks prior to the start of their camp(s) will receive a refund less a $25 check processing fee. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of a camp’s start date. However, fees may be transferred in full to a future camp. Should ECHO need to cancel a camp for any reason, you will be notified and given a full refund. We are unable to prorate week-long camps due to planned or unexpected absences

Nina RidhibhinyoCamp Staff

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.

 

Contact Information

Questions about camp: Nina at 1.802.864.1848 ext. 142, camps@echovermont.org

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