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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.

“Mud Season” is the moniker for Vermont’s mixed-bag beginning of spring; that glorious (if messy) time when the snow melts, the buds bloom, and winter coats are replaced with rain slickers and rubber boots to navigate mud-sloppy walking conditions. It may be warmer outside, but cabin fever still runs high — so that’s when ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest is the place to be!

Every MudFest day features oodles of mud-themed activities:

  • Guests can fling mud from ECHO’s upper deck at a target three stories below, plant a seed to take home, investigate worms, explore spring in Vermont through environmental presentations, and much more.
  • Listen to Muddy Music at One: Produced by kid-friendly Re-Bop Records of Marshfield, Vermont, featuring regional roots musicians including, among others: Tammy Fletcher, Jon Gailmor, Patti Casey, Colin McCaffrey, PossumHaw, Jim Branca, Pete and Karen Sutherland, and Lewis Franco. It’s the perfect chance to dance the winter blues away!
  • Interact with talented regional students, as they showcase their handmade table-top displays and give group performances on ecology, culture, history, and the opportunity for stewardship.
  • Eat lunch at the launch of ECHO’s unique, green-themed Think! Café; serving fresh, local foods daily, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. An interactive experience as well as an eatery, the Think! Café offers earth-friendly menu choices, ecology-conscious activities and games, Wi-Fi, and views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

With an entire two-weeks packed full of muddy fun, ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest is the way to get your spring on.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 species of live fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theater. The 2.2 acre site is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. Admission is $7-$9.50; children under 3 and K-12 classroom teachers with credential ID are free. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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