|July 31, 2012
Contact: Gerianne Smart
Director of Marketing and Communications
802.864.1848 ext. 125
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.
Nina Ridhibhinyo, ECHO’s Group Programs Coordinator has put together a series of themed overnights that can be customized for any group for children between in 2nd through 8th grade. ECHO will also be offering vacation week day camps during the February and April school breaks.
“We want to create an atmosphere of fun, discovery and intrigue for our overnight guests and ECHO offers that, especially after hours when the crowds have left and we have the whole place to ourselves. It is all about creating life-long memories”, said Ms. Ridhibhinyo.
Groups arrive after ECHO has closed to the public and have exclusive access to the exhibits. After an inspiring whole-group welcome presentation, campers are placed into small groups and rotate between a series of 3 hands-on workshops, with a break for an evening snack.
At 11:15 p.m., participants will set-up their sleeping bags for lights-out at 11:30 p.m. Following a light breakfast the next morning, the groups have additional time to explore ECHO and purchase souvenirs from our gift shop before departure at 9:00 a.m.
“ECHO is always evolving and working to meet the needs of our members and guests. Since the recently completed expansion of the Revision Lakeside Pavilion, we have been able to entertain, image, and now implement a variety of new programs in that space. The overnight experience is one of a series of new programs we’ll be rolling out over the next couple of months”, said ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz.
For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org/overnights.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the
Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington
Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100
interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and
seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History,
and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The
2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted
by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s
Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy
Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café
managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit
echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake
Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.