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10/9/14 - ECHO AfterDark Cafe presents Celebrate (hard) CIDER!
9/9/14 - ECHO AfterDark Cafe Scientifique presentations about Coffee
8/18/14 - COFFEE: The World in Your Cup Exhibit opens at ECHO
8/12/14 - ECHO AfterDark presents Firkin Monday: "Real Ale" Cask Festival
7/23/14 - ECHO celebrates 11th Annual Champ Week
6/16/14 - ECHO AfterDark with Bluebird Tavern presents Pop-Up Gastronomy Series on Burlington Waterfront
6/3/14 - "ARCHISTREAM" at ECHO in KEVA Planks exhibit
5/20/14 - "Celebrate the Lake" on July 3rd at ECHO
5/19/14 - ECHO AfterDark presents Spirits of Vermont: Lakeside
4/25/14 - KEVA Planks: Fusion of Art and Science opens May 24
4/22/14 - Special Mother's Day Tea at ECHO
3/20/14 - 9th Annual ECHO Earth Weeks' MudFest
3/20/14 - NANO SCIENCE: The Science of the Very Small
2/17/14 - ECHO AfterDark presents Dr. Ruha Benjamin "Science as Story-Telling"
2/17/14 - Yale University's "Out of the Blue" a cappella group to perform at ECHO
2/17/14 - Original Sanda Mansi Photo of Champ on display for first time during ChampFest
1/27/14 - ECHO AfterDark presents FeBREWary: The Science of Belgian Beer
1/9/14 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
1/6/14 - ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A Most Curious Adventure
12/20/13 - Last Night Dance Party at ECHO
12/6/13 - ECHO presents FROSTFEST 2013
12/2/13 - ECHO AfterDark Presents: Spirits of Vermont Science Fair
10/24/13 - HarvestFest at ECHO!
10/15/13 - 14 Baby (neonate) Spiny Softshell Turtles come to ECHO
10/08/13 - ECHO Honors Our Troops: Admission all of October 3013 FREE to all Enlisted and Veterans of the Armed Forces
09/30/13 - IMLS Grant Awarded to ECHO to work with YMCA
09/23/13 - ECHO AfterDark Presents: CELEBRATE (Hard) CIDER!
09/06/13 - ECHO Expands Events Staff
09/03/13 - Animal Movie Marathon Weekend
08/19/13 - Cool Moves: Artistry of Motion opens at ECHO
07/30/13 - CHAMPFEST! ECHO Celebrates 10th Annual Champ Week
07/16/13 - ECHO AfterDark Partners with Pistou to Create Burlington's First Pop-Up Gastronomy Series
06/27/13 - Vermont-made Video Game Teaches Players to Stop Stormwater Runoff
05/24/13 - ECHO Celebrate's 10 Year Anniversary
05/14/13 - BIGGER THAN T-REX Exhibit opens at ECHO
05/24/13 - ECHO and Senator Leahy to host "Leahy Center Environmental Summit: Blue Water in Green Mountains"
05/09/13 - ACTION LAB, ECHO's Newest Exhibit Space Opens
04/23/13 - Meet the Dinosaur Stars from Jurassic Park
03/06/13 - ECHO AfterDark Cafe Scientifique:Lake Defenders
02/27/13 - ECHO Education Director Receives Year-Long Fellowship through NOYCE Leadership Institute
02/11/13 - February: A Short but Full Month at ECHO
01/30/13 - ECHO AfterDark Presents FeBREWary: The Science of German Beer

ECHO presents MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. DAY CELEBRATION, Monday, January 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Special $2 rate for all visitors, all day!

BURLINGTON, VT. — ECHO will open its doors for $2 admission as part of a community-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The day's events will include family-friendly programming honoring Dr. King's legacy. Full Release

ECHO’S PRESENTS WINTERFEST 2012, DURING HOLIDAY WEEK, DECEMBER 22 THROUGH JANUARY 1(ECHO CLOSED DECEMBER 24 AND 25)

BURLINGTON, VT. — The gifts have been opened, wrapping paper recycled, cookies eaten and the family is all together. Now what do you do? Come to WINTERFEST at ECHO! Full Release

ECHO’S CAFÉ Scientifique Presents Race & Environmental Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Us, Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

BURLINGTON, VT. — ECHO’s adult program, Café Scientifique offers yet another hot button topic for discussion with Race & Environmental Justice. ECHO will be transformed into a salon setting with an adult forum led by University of Vermont’s Tom Macias, Associate Professor of Sociology. This event will be held Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Full Release

ECHO Special Programming about Interracial Families Saturday, November 10 with $2 admission ALL DAY! For new traveling exhibit: RACE: Are We So Different?

BURLINGTON, VT-- ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is announcing their programming for November 10 Community Conversations Day where admittance will be $2 ALL DAY! Full Release

ECHO EXHIBIT OPENING: $2 Admission ALL DAY
Saturday, October 6, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO will host the first of four community conversations around race, the first is moderated Dr. Emily Bernard, Associate Professor of English at UVM and scholar of race and ethnicity in American culture. She will introduce a panel of community members and lead visitors in a conversation about whats, whys, and hows of talking about race. Full Release

ECHO After Dark Series Mixes it up with WINE & CHOCOLATE: Tastings & Tannins, Thursday October 11, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s After Dark adult program for October invites guests 21 years and older to enjoy fine wine and chocolate and discover the delicate flavor balance that is informed by the characteristics of the soil the grapes and the cocoa are grown in. This special evening takes place on Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Full Release

ECHO PREPARES for LAST WEEKS of OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit: Last day is Monday, September 3, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is gearing up for the last few weeks of hosting OUR BODY: The Universe Within. This highly scientific and somewhat controversial exhibit, examines the human body with actual human specimens that have gone through a process call plastination or polymer impregnation. Full Release

ECHO EMS DAY!: ECHO Provides FREE Access Thursday, August 9 To All Certified Vermont EMS Personnel, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — This special ECHO EMS Day is designed to provide access to the OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit to as many EMS folks as possible before the exhibit leaves on September 3. Full Release

NIGHT AT THE AQUARIUM: ECHO offers Overnight Camping for Groups beginning in September

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is known for its world-class exhibits and its sparkling aquaria and it will soon be known as a place to spend an evening, gazing at the stars, feeding fish, exploring the history of the Lake Champlain Basin and sleeping! Beginning in September, 2012, ECHO will be offering exclusive overnight stays for specials groups from schools to youth organizations, to boy scout and girl scout groups and more. Full Release

Baby (neonate) Spiny Softshell Turtles to be Released into Lake Champlain, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

After nearly ten months over-wintering at ECHO, the neonate spiny softshell turtles will be released into the wild where they will now have a better chance of thriving and adding to the dangerously low number of adults now inhabiting special protected beaches on Lake Champlain. Full Release

Abbe Malcolm joins ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center as new Marketing Coordinator

BURLINGTON, VT — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce Abbe Malcolm as the new Marketing Coordinator. Full Release

ECHO OPENS DEALER.COM TERRACE: RIBBON CUTTING AT 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The press is invited to enjoy an afternoon on the waterfront at ECHO and witness the dedication of the new Dealer.com Terrace. The outdoor café space features a comfortable seating area under a large canopy with unobstructed views of beautiful Lake Champlain. Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Unveils New Expansion

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has just unveiled the new, state of the art, Revision Lakeside Pavilion. The new space can accommodate 174 people for a seated dinner, or be divided into multiple breakout rooms, including a boardroom with stunning lake views. The Lakeside Pavilion is equipped with a large movie screen capable of 2D and 3D projection, six LCD flat screen TV's and a smart board. The technology in this space is one of a kind and the first in the area. Full Release

Vermont Based Company Tests R.O.V. Technology with a GPS twist, in the water in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Monday, Feb. 27 through Wednesday, Feb. 29

BURLINGTON, VT-- Greensea Systems, Inc., based in Richmond, VT works with Sky Research to test R.O.V. (Remotely Operated Vehicle) technology underwater with a GPS system. Full Release

ECHO Presents: VACATION BLIZZARD!
February 25 – March 6, 2012

BURLINGTON, VT-- Not enough snow this winter? What are children supposed to do during their February break? Come experience the Blizzard at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Full Release

ECHO’S Café Scientifique Presents POPULATION BOOM: How Many Earths do we Need? Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

BURLINGTON, VT. — ECHO’s After Dark adult program, Café Scientifique, offers yet another fascinating topic for discussion with Population Boom: How many Earths do we Need? This adult forum will be led by John Seager, President, Population Connection, as he addresses the question, “What environmental crises will develop with our rapidly growing world?” Full Release

ECHO Open all Christmas Week
Closed Christmas Eve and Day

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will be open for all holiday travelers and other guests during the week between Christmas and New Years Day with extended holiday programming. Full Release

WILD WACKY BURP CONTEST! AT ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Saturday, November 19th, 2011 At Noon

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Attention all kids! Tired of getting in trouble for burping at your dinner table and in the classroom by your teachers? For all the years you’ve been told it’s rude to burp in public, well here is your one chance to come up with the longest, loudest, and most disgusting burp you possibly can at our WILD WACKY BURP CONTEST!  Full Release

Two New Hires at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center: New Director of Animal Care and New Public Education Manager

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, rounds out its recent list of new hires with the addition of Brian Potvin as the Director of Animal care and Facilities Management and Bill Elliston as the Public Education Manager.  Full Release

"Get Your Lake Physics On" AT ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Saturday, November 5, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — We’ve all been in the water and have seen water waves on lakes and streams but there is more to water than meets the eye. Join the UVM chapter of the Society of Physics Students as they perform interactive demonstrations that highlight the various properties of water. Topics include: buoyancy, physical and optical properties of water, waves (mechanical and water, solutions), pressure and more! Free with admission. 1.877.324.6386.  Full Release

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! GROSSOLOGY: THE (IMPOLITE) SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY

BURLINGTON, VT — Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why our bodies produce mushy, oozy, scaly and smelly gunk at GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body during its summer appearance at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.  Full Release

ECHO AWARDED GRANT TO LAUNCH YOUTH STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center was recently awarded one of 160 grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), enabling ECHO to further its mission for stewardship of Lake Champlain. The $149,295 grant will fund the launch of the Youth Stewardship Initiative (YSI)Full Release

ECHO’S Café Scientifique Presents CLIMATE WHIPLASH: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER GLOBAL WARMING? Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

BURLINGTON, VT. — ECHO’s adult program, Café Scientifique offers yet another hot button topic for discussion with Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming? ECHO Lake Aquarium will be transformed into a salon setting with an adult forum led by Curt Stager, Professor, Paleoecologist at Paul Smith's College, NY, on the evening of September 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Full Release

GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Returns to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center as Latest Traveling Exhibit
September 17 – January 8, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center will delve further into Native American tradition with a “come and go” pottery program this fall. ECHO, in conjunction with the Vermont Archaeology Society, will host a two-day archaeology workshop for visitors of all ages on September 10th and 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Full Release

ECHO Offers Pottery Program and Prehistoric Roadshow, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 at 1 p.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center will delve further into Native American tradition with a “come and go” pottery program this fall. ECHO, in conjunction with the Vermont Archaeology Society, will host a two-day archaeology workshop for visitors of all ages on September 10th and 11th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Full Release

Native American Writer and Scientist, Dr. Robin Kimmerer to Speak at ECHO, Saturday August 27, 2 p.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt. —ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is pleased to continue its commitment and connection to indigenous expressions with a special lecture by Dr. Robin Kimmerer on Saturday, August 27th at 2 p.m. in cooperation with the Adirondack Center for Writing.  Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center HIRES new director
of development, steve perkins

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce Steve Perkins as the new Director of Development and Community Relations. He joins the ECHO Team after a successful ten years at the Bennington Museum, in Bennington Vermont where he was first hired in 2001 as their curator and deputy director and in 2005 became the executive director.   Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center’s Teen Leadership Program wins Governor’s Award

MONTPELIER, VT—On June 30, 2011, more than twenty-three organizations and individuals were recognized for their exceptional contributions to environmental causes at the Governor’s Environmental Awards. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s Environmental Teen Leadership Program, otherwise known as the E-Team, won the Governor’s award for Youth Environmental Citizenship.    Full Release

CREATIONISM IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM?

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The principles of evolution inform much of the teaching and research in biology at the college level. However, some people are strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution in public schools.   Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Hire New Events Manager

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel Connor as the new Events Manager. Rachel Connor is a native Vermonter who grew up in Vergennes. She attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she received a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure management and a MBA in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management.  Full Release

bloom: Dialogue and solutions for Lake Champlain

BURLINGTON, Vt. — In light of the recent release of the new documentary, Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, has decided to create an evening event to discuss the phosphorous issues and algae blooms highlighted in the film. The emphasis at this event will be on solutions.  Full Release

Digital Forensics: How Safe Are We Against Cyber Attack?

BURLINGTON, Vt. —. What does digital evidence tell us? If something is posted on Facebook, My Space, etc. is it fair game for employers, prospective employers, schools, police, and others? What is theft in cyberspace where a copy of the original is left behind? What are the ramifications of a cyber attack? Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center Open
Newest exhibit: raise the roof

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will be opening its newest exhibit, RAISE THE ROOF, on Saturday, January 15, 2011. Full Release

ECHO’s Holiday Programming December 26 through January 2

BURLINGTON, Vt. — So all the gifts are opened, paper picked up, boxes broken down and you hear those fateful words, “I’m bored”. Don’t despair! Long before the excitement of the holidays have worn away, ECHO Lake Aquarium is ready to take those young minds and busy bodies on an exciting journey through our natural history, ecology and culture with extended programming between December 26th and January 2nd. Full Release

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center’s Conservation Education Specialist,
Bridget Butler posts first broadcast as WPTZ’s Conservation Correspondent

BURLINGTON, VT—WPTZ and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center announce the launch of a major new partnership to explore important and timely environmental issues confronting the community.  Full Media Alert

ECHO's "the food less traveled" event
Raises awareness and donations for vermont foodbank

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Food glorious food! This is the season where people begin to think of the holidays, of visits with family and friends and of delicious meals that delight our senses and fill our tummies. Full Release

CONVERVATION QUESTsm and POWER PLAY exhibit opens at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Saturday, September 25

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, opens its newest traveling exhibit on Saturday, September 25th. The new exhibit, Conservation Questsm, comes to ECHO from Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, in Norwolk, Connecticut. The exhibit was developed to create a highly interactive, hands-on way for visitors to learn the power of making smart energy and conservation choices. Full Release

Gerianne Smart joins ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center as
Director of Marketing and Communicationss

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce the addition of Gerianne Smart as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. Full Release

ECHO NAMED “BEST AQUARIUM” 2010 EDITORS’ CHOICE BY YANKEE MAGAZINE

BURLINGTON, Vt — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, has been recognized as “Best Aquarium” 2010 Editors’ Choice in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. Recipients range from the rustic to the refined, but all are noteworthy and memorable destinations. For 34 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Full Release

PREPARE TO “GET BUGGY” WITH “BACKYARD MONSTERS”
ECHO’s Summer Insect Exhibit Opens May 15

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Want to “get buggy” this summer? ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is “going to the bugs,” with “Backyard Monsters,” running from May 15 through September 6. This special summer exhibit features giant robotic insects — a scorpion, praying mantis, and carpenter ants — whose anatomical accuracy has been endorsed by the American Entomological Society; plus interactive, enlightening displays; a collection of exotic insects from around the world; and live creepy-crawlies from the Lake Champlain Basin. “Backyard Monsters” vividly presents the fascinating world of Insecta, up-close-and-personal…perhaps too “up-close” for the faint-hearted! The exhibit is sponsored by The Automaster. Full Release

“VOICES FOR THE LAKE” AND ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT LAUNCHED
Partnership Between ECHO and the Burlington Free Press Announced

BURLINGTON, Vt. — At a morning press conference, appropriately set with a grand view of Lake Champlain, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, officially launched the pioneering Voices for the Lake online social media platform, provided a sneak preview of the forthcoming Voices for the Lake ECHO exhibit, and presented the project’s future vision. In addition, ECHO’s partnership with the Burlington Free Press was announced, and their new venture: the creation of an annual, state-wide Earth Day event, recognizing extraordinary environmental achievements by Vermonters. Full Release

“THE EYE OF SENATOR LEAHY” — A FRONT ROW SEAT TO HISTORYY
Unique Photography Exhibition at ECHO, March 13 – May 2

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has served Vermont for 35 years in the Nation’s Capital — years that have given him a front row seat to innumerable historic events and extraordinary access to the world’s most remarkable leaders and cultural icons. At every opportunity, his camera was close at hand to capture the moment. And now, a personally selected collection of his unique images, entitled “The Eye of Senator Leahy,” will be exhibited March 13 to May 2 at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. In addition, at a special ECHO Members-only event on Saturday, March 20, the Senator will lead attendees on an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition. Full Release

“WINTER GATHERING” OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN’S NATIVE PEOPLES
Festival at ECHO February 19th & 20th

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A unique opportunity to experience the Lake Champlain Basin’s indigenous culture first hand will take place at the “Winter Gathering,” at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on February 19th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and February 20th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The festival will feature Abenaki chiefs and tribe members, and showcase, among other activities, dancing, drumming, games, a roundtable, and the premiere of the “Circle of Courage” photography exhibition by Native teenagers. Full Release

EASING INTO A NEW SHELL
Over Winter Baby Turtles Welcomed at ECHO

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Where can baby indigenous turtles find a cozy home for the winter? At ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain of course! For the fourth year, a cadre of Spiny Softshell, Northern Map, and Painted turtles will be spending the winter safely housed within ECHO’s walls. Full Releasee

ART & SCIENCE COMBINE IN “CONTRAPTIONS!”
New ECHO Exhibit Opens November 14

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A contraption is often defined as “a device more ingenious than practical.” “Contraptions!” — the newest exhibit at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain — is a unique fusion of art and science, where visitors can experience an interactive, Rube Goldberg-esque world of gadgets, gizmos, doodads, and whatchamacallits: contraptions that are often the roots of invention. The exhibit, opening November 14, features the innovative, folk art-like works of Clifford Wagner from Science Interactives, and futuristic creations from Vermont artists Janet Van Fleet and Dave Blumenthal. "Contraptions!" is sponsored by Conant Metal & Light, Inc. Full Releasee (Full Release - French Canadian)

"THE LITTLE FUND" DRIVES ECHO'S NEXT PHASE OF GROWTH
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Lois McClure Announce Major Support and Plans

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, today welcomed U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, philanthropist Lois McClure, and other dignitaries, donors and supporters, for the launch of The Little Fund: Honoring George E. Little’s Vision for ECHO’s Strategic Innovation and Growth. The comprehensive fundraising initiative will spawn capital improvements, new exhibits, and interactive spaces critical to ECHO’s mission. Full Releasee

ECHO Hits the Road with Voices for the Lake

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain has launched a new outreach program for adults: Voices for the Lake (VFL), which uses social media to inspire stewardship. This summer, VFL Manager Bridget Butler will visit communities at the north and south ends of the Lake, capturing video clips of people passionate about Lake Champlain, and sharing the videos on ECHO’s YouTube channel and in an exhibit at ECHO. Full Release

“WIND: POWER & PLAY” BLOWS INTO ECHO
May 16 – November 1

Want to put some wind in your sails? Then head to Burlington, Vermont’s ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, for “WIND: Power & Play,” running May 16 through November 1. This compelling exhibit explores and celebrates the aerodynamics, force, flight, science, and fun of wind, through innovative interactives featuring a Hurricane Simulator and a dazzling collection of kites. Full Release (Full Release - French Canadian)

SWING INTO SPRING WITH “ECHO EARTH WEEKS AND MUDFEST”
Fourth Annual Event Runs April 13-26

Spring cleaning, spring fever, spring forward... As much a state of mind as a season, spring is our chance to make a fresh start. It’s no wonder that Earth Day falls in its midst; a time to consider how our planet is doing, and what it might need from us in the coming year. But one day just isn’t enough for ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. For the fourth year, they’re extending their Earth Day celebration into two whole weeks: ECHO Earth Weeks and MudFest. Each day at ECHO, April 13-26 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., features stewardship presentations from regional school and environmental groups; muddy activities; acclaimed Vermont musicians; free chocolate treats from Lake Champlain Chocolates and Ben & Jerry’s; and much more.  Full Release

MYSTERY ROCK AT ECHO
“Ramah Chert” found by Smithsonian Scientist Raises New Questions

(BURLINGTON, VT) — You have likely heard the tales of the Champlain Sea, the body of water that encompassed this region thousands of years ago, before the birth of Lake Champlain. Perhaps you’ve seen Charlotte the beluga whale at UVM’s Perkins Museum, and maybe you’ve pictured a pristine ocean, teeming with sea lions and walruses... but did your vision include people? Well, it should, according to recent findings by Smithsonian Arctic Archaeologist/Anthropologist Dr. Stephen Loring, and he has the scientific evidence to prove it. Now, at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, you can see a piece of that story, as part of their newest exhibit “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin.”  Full Release (Full Release - French Canadian)

VERMONT DIGNITARIES TO ATTEND PRE-OPENING EVENT FOR ECHO’S QUADRICENTENIAL EXHIBIT: “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: NATIVE PEOPLES OF THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN”

 Full February 11 Media Alert

Discover Our Native Neighbors
ECHO to Launch “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS” February 14, 2009

(BURLINGTON, VT) — For over 11,000 years, people have inhabited the area connecting Vermont, upstate New York, and Québec, Canada — from the Paleoindians of our last Ice Age to the Abenaki and Mohawk of today. Starting February 14, as part of the region’s year-long celebration of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is presenting a facility-wide experience exploring their culture and history: “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin” — declared a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  Full Release (Full Release - French Canadian)

SHAW’S “REUSABLE POLAR BEAR BAGS” TO BENEFIT ECHO
Vermont Campaign Runs January 2 through February, 28, 2009

(BURLINGTON, VT) — As part of a New England-wide campaign, Shaw’s Supermarkets has selected ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to be the representative Vermont environmental attraction to receive a portion of the proceeds from their popular Reusable Polar Bear Bags, from January 2 through February 28, 2009. Full Release

ECHO’S ANNUAL PASS MATCHING GIFT: MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Available now through January 11, 2009

(BURLINGTON, VT) — This season may be a difficult one for many families going through tight financial times. One way to keep spirits bright — ECHO’s Annual Pass Matching Gift program. From now until January 11, 2009, whenever you purchase or renew an Annual Pass to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, ECHO will give an Annual Pass to a low-income neighbor and help make their holiday season — and the new year — that much better. Full Release

HUNT FOR NEW ENGLAND'S "DINOTRACKS" AT ECHO
New Exhibit Opens November 15

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Imagine, for a moment, finding a dinosaur footprint in your own backyard. It happened to 14-year-old Pliny Moody as he was plowing his father’s Massachusetts field in 1802: Three-toed tracks imprinted in a slab of rock — and the word “dinosaur” hadn’t even been coined yet! How did we get from those footprints, found more than a hundred years ago, to our modern understanding of dinosaurs? Find out with “DinoTracks,” running November 15 - April 27, at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This latest ECHO exhibit features real fossils and imaginative interactives that bring paleoichnology — the study of ancient remains, including tracks — to life. “DinoTracks” uniquely focuses on dinosaur footprints from the New England states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as New Jersey and Eastern Canada, where numerous fossils have been found and, in fact, are still being found today. Full Release (Full Release - French Canadian)

BY POPULAR DEMAND — ECHO’S “BODY LANGUAGE” EXHIBIT EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 3rd

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Dancing with your own silhouette, painting the walls with your shadow, spinning ‘til you’re just plain silly… if you’re one of the thousands of visitors who came to love ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s “Body Language” exhibit this summer, and couldn’t bear to see it go — you’re in luck! This special show now runs through November 3rd, and has been updated with even more ways to discover the fascinating physics of human movement. With new interactives plus free workshops on Segway riding, Burlington Ultimate Frisbee, and more, “Body Language” is sure to delight both first-timers and repeat visitors alike. Sponsored by Merchants Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Vermont Chiropractic Association. Full Release

ECHO RECEIVES MILLION DOLLAR ENDOWMENT
Lois McClure Champions ECHO’s Future

(BURLINGTON, VT) — On Friday, May 16th — in celebration of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s 5th Anniversary — philanthropist Lois McClure made a one-million-dollar gift to ECHO’s endowment fund; helping to  ensure the center’s future for many years to come. Full Release

ECHO CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY
Senator Leahy to join Lois McClure for an Important Announcement

(BURLINGTON, VT) — This May, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will enter its 5th year of serving locals and visitors alike, and they’re launching their birthday celebration with a splash: Friday, May 16th, Senator Leahy and Lois McClure will headline a special evening for invited guests, highlighted by a very exciting announcement, and on May 31st, a community celebration will mark the actual date of ECHO’s 5th birthday, celebrating the milestone of welcoming over 750,000 guests through the science center’s doors. Full Release

WHAT MOVES YOU? BODY LANGUAGE
Step Into the Physics of Human Movement This Summer at ECHO

(BURLINGTON, VT) — What do frisbee, snowboarding, and dancing at your high school prom all have in common? The laws of physics, of course. Explore the science of movement by visiting ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center this summer to experience Body Language: an interactive exhibit bringing physics to life, May 17 – September 1. Sponsored by Merchants Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and Vermont Chiropractic Association. Full Release

DON’T JUST EAT — THINK!
New Green-Themed Café at ECHO Offers “Tasty Bites” of Wisdom — Grand Opening April 14th

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Can restaurants help diners make choices that are kinder to our planet, while providing tasty food, WiFi, and awesome views? ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center thinks so, and on April 14th, they’re opening their new green-themed Think! Café to prove it. The realization of the café was made possible by generous grants from the WaterWheel Foundation, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and Vermont Tent Company. Part eatery, part exhibit, and all kinds of fun, Think! is a unique experience that’s not to be missed. Full Release

GET MUDDY AT ECHO!
Popular ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest Event Returns April 14th – 27th

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Looking forward to spring? ECHO is ushering in the arrival of the birds ‘n’ bees with their 4th annual ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest event. This two-week celebration of Earth Day and Mud Season runs April 14th - 27th and features dozens of daily events and activities, ecology booths, renowned Vermont musicians, and even free chocolate ice-cream. ECHO Earth Weeks also heralds the grand opening of ECHO’s green-themed Think! Café. Full Release

COMMUNITY DONATES ECHO ANNUAL PASSES TO NEIGHBORS

(BURLINGTON, VT) - Thanks to our generous community, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce that it will give 1,029 Annual Passes to low-income kids and families this year. During the recent holiday season, when people acquired or renewed an Annual Pass, ECHO matched their purchase by donating an Annual Pass to a neighbor in need. Full Release

SEA LAMPREYS USHER IN VERMONT & NEW YORK DISCOUNT

(BURLINGTON, VT) - In case you haven't been to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center lately - or even if you have - make sure to visit starting February 16th to go "mouth-to-mouth" with live sea lampreys, a new addition to the popular exhibit, Attack of the Bloodsuckers! And as if lampreys aren't enough, also beginning that Saturday is ECHO's Vermont & New York Discount, where every resident gets $2 off admission through April 28th. Full Release

A GIFT THAT ECHOES

(BURLINGTON, VT) - It's said that it is better to give than to receive, but wouldn't it be great if you could do both? Now you can, with ECHO's Annual Pass Matching Gift program. Throughout this holiday season, whenever you purchase or renew an Annual Pass to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, ECHO will give an Annual Pass to a low-income neighbor. Full Release

ATTACK OF THE BLOODSUCKERS NOVEMBER 10 - APRIL 28

(BURLINGTON, VT) - Stinky feet can make you more attractive - to a hungry mosquito, that is! You;ll explore the science of what's eating you at ECHO, November 10 - April 28. This special exhibit was created by the same folks who brought you Turtle Travels and Treehouses. Full Release

ALL ABOARD!
"ECHO Express on the Church Street Marketplace"

(BURLINGTON, VT) - There's a new reason to visit Church Street Marketplace this summer - to get on board a fun and colorful electric train. Full Release

TOUCH THE PAST WITH "DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES" Unique Prehistoric Collection at ECHO May 19 - September 3

Ever had the urge to touch a real dinosaur egg, or to look a Velociraptor in the eye?  Head to ECHO this summer and you’ll finally get your chance with “Dinosaur Discoveries,” running May 19 – September 3, sponsored by Merchants Bank.This special exhibit is an original compilation of some of the premier prehistoric finds from around the globe, featuring touchable, real dinosaur eggs, nests, and bones, plus giant skeletons, animatronics, and sculptures of the “grown-up” beasts. Full Release

IT'S A FROG WORLD AFTER ALL
ECHO Debuts Global Creatures Exhibit Series on Feburary 24

(BURLINGTON, VT) — What's red and green and eats crickets for a midnight snack? Why the newest resident of ECHO, the red-eyed treefrog, of course. And that's only one of the many beautiful and bizarre amphibians that make up FrogWorld -ECHO's premiere exhibit in a new series featuring world creatures to compare to our regional critters. Opening February 24, and sponsored by Redstone, the permanent exhibit is highlighted by interactivities, educational displays, and most importantly, a bevy of fantastic and otherworldly frogs that are sure to make thinking globally more fun than ever before. Full Release

TINY TURTLES GET SECOND CHANCE
November 25, 2006

Baby map turtles are being raised in the Animal Care room on the second floor; each one no larger than a silver dollar. Full Release

“TREE HOUSES” TAKES ROOT AT ECHO
New Traveling Exhibit Opens November 11, 2006

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Now you can explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild creatures – including people. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s newest traveling exhibit, Tree Houses, runs from November 11, 2006 through May 6, 2007 and is sponsored by RE/MAX and Planet Hardwood. Full Release

GROSSOLOGY: THE (IMPOLITE) SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY PREMIERING MAY 27 AT ECHO

(BURLINGTON, VT) — Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why our bodies produce mushy, oozy, scaly and smelly gunk at GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body during its summer appearance at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Full Release

ECHO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ECHO EARTH WEEKS ART CONTEST

Burlington, VT)-ECHO reached out to K-12 students in Vermont and upstate New York to submit their artistic interpretation of a “Healthy Food Chain.” 813 entries were submitted to ECHO, which were then judged by an Art Panel of artists and environmentalists. Full Release

ECHO'S OPEN DOOR SUCCESSES AND ECHO EARTH WEEKS ANNOUNCED

(Burlington, VT)-- Senator Patrick Leahy, Robert W. Varney of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Heather Paquette of Hannaford Supermarkets, along with ECHO Board members Mary Abele and Tom Little, today announced the successes of ECHO’s Open Door access programs.
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SENATOR LEAHY AND EPA TO ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SUPPORT OF ECHO'S OPEN DOOR

(Burlington, VT)-- Senator Patrick Leahy and EPA to Announce Community,
Government and Private Support of ECHO’s Open Door
Official Launch of ECHO Earth Weeks, Sponsored by
Hannaford Supermarkets
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BELUGA WHALE DIG!

(Burlington, VT) -- "Beluga Whale Dig!" expands ECHO's Geology Focus - New exhibit opens February 25, 2005
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“TURTLE TRAVELS” FINALLY REACHES ECHO!

(Burlington, VT) — Think turtles have it easy? Then try life in the slooow lane at ECHO at the Leahy Center’s newest traveling exhibit, Turtle Travels, opening Saturday, November 12.
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COMMUNITY LAUNCH OF “ECHO’S OPEN DOOR”

(Burlington, VT) — ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain announces the community launch of ECHO’s Open Door
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09/19/06 - SHOCKTOBER
04/04/06 - ECHO’S OPEN DOOR SUCCESSES AND ECHO EARTH WEEKS ANNOUNCED
06/26/05 - ADD YOUR VOICE TO “VOICES FOR THE LAKE” AT ECHO
05/21/05 -GET THE REALLY BIG PICTURE WITH “EYES ON EARTH”
04/19/05 - Earth Day at ECHO
10/19/04-Wide_World_of_Lakes
09/24/04 - A Carnival Comes to ECHO – New Fall Exhibit Opening!
09/09/04 - ECHO and Hannaford Supermarkets Partner to Bring
Free Educational Opportunities to the Lake Champlain Basin

05/15/04 - Hunters of the Sky Exhibit Opens at ECHO
04/24/04 - ECHO Hosts Wild Animal Weekend
03/11/04 - 10% Challenge Weekend at ECHO
03/01/04 - ECHO Says Thank You in March for Community Month
01/31/04 - ECHO Says “ECHO Opens New Exhibit from the World Wildlife Fund, Biodiversity 911: Saving Life on Earth
01/31/04 - ECHO Says “THANK YOU” in March for Community Month
12/18/03 - ECHO Becomes First LEED Certified Building in Vermont
11/11/03 - George E. Little Jr. Honored as Vermont Philanthropist of the Year
10/17/03 - See the Other Side of ECHO -- The First Annual West Tower Exhibit
09/15/03 - Make a Splash Day Comes to ECHO
08/28/03 - ECHO Alive with Learning
08/28/03 - "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats"-- New ECHO Exhibit Turns Myths Upside-Down
06/04/03 - Teens Learn about Science and Have Some Fun at ECHO
05/31/03 - "What in the World Is It? A Maze to Amaze and Delight ECHO Audiences
05/22/03 - ECHO Reaches Building Campaign Goal
05/16/03 - Scientific, Educational and Resource Partnerships Build Healthy Lakes
05/15/03 - ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Vermont’s Newest Attraction
05/15/03 - New Members Join Board of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
05/07/03 - ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Wins BBA Architecture Award
04/28/03 - ECHO and WPTZ Celebrate Lake Champlain
03/28/03 - Global Connections
03/25/03 - ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Adds Key Staff
03/04/03 - ECHO Fundraising Builds Community
03/04/03 - ECHO Fundraising Builds Community
03/03/03 - Gift Shop Manager Joins ECHO Staff
03/01/03 - The Sturgeon in the Tower

 

 

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