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Visit ECHO for a self-guided group experience or register for a Teacher's Choice Program that models inquiry-based teaching by facilitating student activities, prompting investigations, and encouraging dialogue. Let us help you plan an ECHO visit that meets your learning goals.

View 2014-2015 Educator's Guide brochure


ECHO provides a range of Teacher's Choice topics for greater immersion and clearer connection to your curriculum. Our ECHO educator led programs take participants on a deeper dive into the ecology, culture, history and opportunities for stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin.

Signing up for Teacher’s Choice Programs

  • Using the chart below, review the programs for High School and College students and then indicate your program choice on the online Group Registration form.
  • Upon request, ECHO staff will match your program choice to an appropriate ECHO Inquiry Trek to guide student dialogue and support chaperone-led exhibit exploration.
  • See descriptions below for student capacity and cost for each program.
Program Title Maximum number of students/cost Duration Description
Basin Biodiversity 30 students/$75
80 students/$200
1 hr Students will learn how native biodiversity is being tracked in the Basin and how they can contribute to the work being done as a citizen scientist. Participants will watch an exclusive ECHO wildlife movie short and meet one of ECHO's live animal ambassadors.
Life in the Flood Zone:
A 3D Watershed History Tour
80 students/$200 1hr Vermonters have been settling near rivers for hundreds of years, but rivers move and overflow. During this 3D presentation, we explore the last 250 years of dam construction in Vermont and the legacy of the 1927 and 2011 floods.
First People: Culture,
Identity, and the Environment
30 students/$75
80 students/$200
200 students/$300
1hr Students will view two ECHO exclusive short films that explore the relationship of Native people and the environment with stories about a modern Abenaki basket maker and a group of Native historic re-enactors. A guided group discussion will follow.
Educator Led Tour
of ECHO Exhibits
15 students /$50 30 min A personalized tour of ECHO's Exhibits by one of ECHO's professional educators. Tours can focus on ECHO's core content areas of ecology, culture, history and stewardship or serve as a look into the museum profession.
10 students /$75 45 min Discover what it takes to run a state of the art aquarium. Find out how we care for our wild and exotic animal ambassadors. See what goes on behind the staff-only doors! Explore ECHO like you never have before.
10 people max per tour, 2 tour groups max back-to-back.


$6.00 K-12th grade student admission, March-October
$3.00 K-12th grade student admission, November-February
$8.50 College student
FREE! One adult admission for every five students, teachers included
$8.50 Per additional adult


Visit ECHO with your group once and the initial group of students can return to ECHO and receive FREE unlimited admission up to 6 weeks after the group's initial visit. This new policy is ECHO's way of supporting student projects that deepen learning about Lake Champlain. Special projects, capstone work and more can be a part of this repeat visitation. Some restrictions and contingencies apply as stated below.

  • Students must be in K-12 grade
  • All repeat group visits MUST BE PRE-BOOKED with ECHO's registrar (important!)
  • Return visits must take place within 6 weeks of the group's initial visit
  • Groups MUST RETURN AS A GROUP consisting of the same students and same no more than the initial number of chaperones (not as individuals or with families)
  • Groups requesting special rooms, private meeting, or presentation space are subject to room rental fees (Note: Families/guests attending a student presentation at ECHO pay the posted admission rate.)


Experience all the learning at ECHO with support from ECHO’s Volunteer Education Interpreters:

  • Games for learning, crafts, experiments, and hands-on investigations.
  • Daily Animal Feedings and Educational Demonstrations: both related to our ECHO mission and to our changing exhibits.
  • ECHO Treks: Choose either our "paper/pencil" ECHO Treks that guide student exhibit exploration gathering data, estimating, drawing, etc. (we provide the clipboards and pencils!) OR an ECHO Inquiry Trek that guides student exhibit exploration through small group inquiry question prompts and discussions led by your chaperones.


Register for your ECHO visit and Teacher's Choice Program

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT: High School and College Groups

Find detailed information about how to make your field trip to ECHO smooth and successful, including a Group Leader Checklist, a Chaperone Information Sheet and details on bus arrival routes and check-in.


Answers to FAQs and Contact Us Form


Check out our K-8th Grade Programs


  • Dive deeper into Lake Champlain at the Resource Room, located on the top floor of ECHO.
  • An excellent teacher and student resource for Lake and watershed curriculum or project planning across disciplines using website links, maps, charts, pamphlets and multimedia.
  • A quiet space for small group preschool stories, games and puzzles.

Opportunities for Personal Growth at ECHO

  • Get involved through internships, work-study, service learning, or as a volunteer.
  • Link field work, lab work, or research results to informal learning in a science center.

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