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  • Steven Leibman
    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
    802-864-1848 ext. 125
    sleibman@echovermont.org
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    “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.

     ECHO’s 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 can...

  • 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 the ground.”

    ECHO’s 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 ECHO 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 ECHO 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 ECHO 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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