Contact: Steven Leibman or Grace Per Lee
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GET MUDDY AT ECHO!
Popular ECHO Earth Weeks MudFest Event Returns April 14th –
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!
“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.