“TURTLE TRAVELS” FINALLY REACHES ECHO!
New Traveling Exhibit Opens November 12
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steven Leibman
802-864-1848 ext. 125
(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.
ECHO visitors will step onto a life-sized board game and explore
firsthand what it’s like to be a turtle moving through a variety
of habitats. They’ll try on a huge turtle shell, crawl under a
live turtle enclosure, and help turtles to safety as they cross
highways and backyards. They’ll discover fascinating facts about
what it’s like to be a turtle: their amazing physical feats; how
their bodies adapt to many different habitats; why turtles need
shells; the kinds of hazards they encounter in the wild; and why
turtles have been important to many different cultures.
Turtle Travels features fun, hands-on activities for families,
- A Turtle Cam for a turtle’s-eye view of swimming through
- A Swiss Army Turtle illustrating how turtle’s body parts
are adapted to fit their environment
- Interactive games that use the science of radio
telemetry to track turtles through their terrain
- Real, live turtles, including a diamondback terrapin
(for a limited time only)
- Cut-out “turtle traveler” and “turtle tracker”
stand-ups, where visitors can pose for photographs
All in all, visitors of all ages will discover precisely why
“slow and steady wins the race”— at Turtle Travels.
The Turtle Travels exhibit is generously supported by TD
Banknorth and Redstone, and will be presented at ECHO from
November 12, 2005 through May 14, 2006. Admission to Turtle
Travels is free with ECHO admission. Turtle Travels is
created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EEC!), a
group of natural science museums working together to create
traveling museum exhibits that engage visitors in learning
about topics in environmental science. EEC! is made up of
ECHO, EcoTarium (Worcester, MA), and the Children’s Museum
of Maine (Portland, ME).
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center
for Lake Champlain is Vermont’s world-class Lake Aquarium
and Science Center, on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront.
ECHO features over 60 species of live fish, amphibians and
reptiles, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits, and hosts
traveling exhibits several times a year. The site also
highlights the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial and heroic “Lone
Sailor” statue. For more information on ECHO, visit our
website at www.echovermont.org, call Toll-Free
1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO, One College Street,
Burlington, VT 05401.