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ECHO Education programs model inquiry-based teaching by facilitating student activities, prompting investigations, and encouraging dialogue during intentional exhibit exploration. And, of course, theyíre lots of fun!

View 2013-2014 Educator's Guide For Grades K-6 brochure HERE


ECHO provides teachers with a range of Teachers' Choice topics for deeper immersion and clearer connection to their curriculum for students in grades K - 6. All ECHO programs are linked to Vermont Science or Social Studies Standards and Grade Expectations and are taught by ECHO Education Staff . Our goal is to use the lens of environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin as students grasp and apply science and socials studies concepts to the real world.

Signing up for Teacherís Choice Programs

  • Using the chart below, review programs for students in grades K - 6. See below for the range of opportunities for upper grade level students in middle school and beyond.
  • ECHO staff will match your program choice to an appropriate ECHO Inquiry Trek to guide student dialogue and support chaperone-led exhibit exploration.
  • For trips of more than 25 students, the group will be divided into sessions and the same program will be repeated so all students can participate. ECHO will assist you with planning for a well-orchestrated experience with ample time for exhibit exploration, ECHO Encounters, lunch, and a visit to the gift shop.
A student conducts a streak test as part of the Teacher's Choice program Rocks Rock.
Program Title (PDF desc.) Grade Range Duration Description
Wetland Wonders K - 3 45 min Itís a sponge, itís a filter, itís a nurseryÖ itís a wetland! Explore the living and non-living elements of the unique habitat as we build a life size wetland together.
Native American Games K - 3 45 min Experience the games played by the indigenous people of the Lake Champlain Basin. Students will get a hands on lesson on pre-1800's Native American culture and the importance that games played in their lives.
Amphibians All Around K - 3 45 min Explore life cycles, characteristics, and behaviors of amphibians found in the Lake Champlain watershed. Call and hop your way to understanding this unique group of vertebrates, some of the dangers they face and what you can do to help them survive.
Our Watershed Alive! K - 6 45 min How is Lake Champlain like a bathtub? Your students will play key parts in a flowing watershed human diorama.
Rock and Roll Geology 3 - 6 45 min Explore 10,000 years of geologic history in the Lake Champlain Basin. Discover the forces that shaped the land we see today and perform rock tests to identify some common local rocks.
Native American Artifact Inquiry 3 - 6 45 min Use scientific inquiry and games to illuminate the sophistication of Native American ingenuity, learning styles and values.
Properties of Water 3 - 6 45 min Explore density, suspension, surface tension and states of water. Investigate how the unique properties of water effects Lake Champlain and the surrounding landscape.
Life in Lake Champlain K - 6 45 min Lake Champlain is home to over 400 species of vertebrates. Learn the characteristics and classification of these groups while experiencing a selection of live animal ambassadors close-up.



$6.00 per student admission
FREE! One adult admission for every five students, teachers indcluded
$8.50 Per additional adult
$75.00 Teacher's Choice Program (for up to 25 students)


Register for a Teacher's Choice Program here.


Answers to FAQs and Contact Us form here.


Experience all the learning at ECHO with support from ECHOís 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 and ECHO Inquiry Trek that guides student exhibit exploration through small group inquiry question prompts and discussion led by your chaperones.


Check out our High School and College Program offerings.


  • 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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