THE ECHO BLOG
POSTED MARCH 3 AT 2:45 PM
By, Caroline Ladd
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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
802-864-1848 ext. 125
“TREE HOUSES” TAKES ROOT AT ECHO
New Traveling Exhibit Opens November 11, 2006
— Now you can explore the important roles that trees play in
providing homes for all sorts of wild creatures – including
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.
Executive Director, Phelan Fretz,
said, “Tree Houses is the second exhibit
created by ECHO
and its partners at EEC! —the Environmental Exhibit
Collaborative — who created the popular Turtle Travels.
The exhibit will also showcase the contributions of our
friends at Shelburne Farms and
Burlington’s Forever Young
Treehouses. Our guests will be able to climb into a
treehouse, make real wood products, and play innovative,
interactive games, for a totally ‘tree-mendous’ experience!”
In Tree Houses, you
- Climb inside an indoor treehouse and see how critters
live among branches, in nests, and in tree trunks — then try
and cross a wobbly bridge.
- Create tree-top dance music with animal hoots, chirps,
gobbles, and growls.
- Pop into the “tree kitchen” to discover surprising tree
connections that we eat, drink, and use as medicine and
tools in our everyday lives.
- Look at 3-D images of tiny tree creatures.
- Revisit favorite fictional tree dwellers, from the Ewoks
of Star Wars to Winnie the Pooh.
- Take the controls of a hi-tech video game that turns a
harvested tree into a house in the blink of an eye.
- Climb up into a “crow’s nest” and wave at the folks “on
local partners will enrich Tree Houses:
Shelburne Farms has built an information-packed, six-sided
tree exhibit, entitled Forest to Furniture,
that gives children the hands-on experience of transforming
wood into useful products; and Burlington's Forever Young
Treehouses' exhibit shows how they design their innovative
wheelchair accessible treehouses.
"Forest to Furniture
is an excellent opportunity for us to take Shelburne Farms’
message of 'cultivating a conservation ethic' to the
audience. We have a tradition of teaching about the wonders
and workings of the natural and agricultural world and we
look forward to sharing our knowledge of forests and
forestry," stated Megan Camp, Vice President and Program
Director of Shelburne Farms.
Bill Allen, Executive Director and
Co-Founder, Forever Young Treehouses: “Forever Young
Treehouses is dedicated to providing kids of all abilities
an opportunity to let their spirits and imaginations soar. ECHO's
Tree Houses exhibit provides us the opportunity
to share our work building accessible treehouses with the
community, and to raise awareness about the limitations kids
with disabilities face to fun and play. Trees are full of
beauty and magic — they whisper, they sing, they move. They
even speak to us, if we care to listen.”
For more information on this
exhibit, visit echovermont.org or call Toll-Free 1-877-ECHOFUN.
Tree Houses is
produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (ECHO
at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont;
EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; and
the Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) with major
support from Jane's Trust. Additional support was provided
by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for
Museum and Library Services.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at
the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington
Waterfront. ECHO features 60 species of live fish,
amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, over 100 hands-on
experiences,the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, and major
traveling exhibits. The 2.2 acre site is also highlighted by
the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. ECHO is open year-round,
10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed major holidays and most Mondays in
winter. Admission is $7-$9, children under 3 are free. For
more information, visit echovermont.org, call Toll-Free
1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO, One College Street,
Burlington, VT 05401.
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