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Contact: Steven Leibman or Grace Per Lee
802-864-1848 ext. 125 or 131
sleibman@echovermont.org or gperlee@echovermont.org

 

ECHO CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY

Senator Leahy to join Lois McClure for an Important Announcement

BURLINGTON, Vt. — This May, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, will enter its 5th year of serving locals and visitors alike, and they’re launching their birthday celebration with a splash: Friday, May 16th, Senator Leahy and Lois McClure will headline a special evening for invited guests, highlighted by a very exciting announcement, and on May 31st, a community celebration will mark the actual date of ECHO’s 5th birthday, celebrating the milestone of welcoming over 750,000 guests through the science center’s doors.

  • Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m.: ECHO’s Annual Pass Holders will gather to celebrate the opening of the science center’s summer exhibit: Body Language, featuring a 5th Anniversary cake-cutting appearance by Senator Leahy, and an important announcement from philanthropist Lois McClure.
  • Saturday, May 31: ECHO will host the community portion of its anniversary celebration.

Five years ago the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain launched its 2.2 acre environmental campus with ECHO and partner organizations the Lake Champlain Basin Program, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. The first building in Vermont to meet the standards for LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) — and the only lake aquarium in the U.S. with this green accreditation — ECHO was to become the public face of the Leahy Center’s mission to educate and delight people of all ages about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. Now, five years later, ECHO has come a long way towards realizing those goals, thanks in large part to ECHO’s partnerships with Senator Leahy, the EPA, and their community of sponsors, individual contributors, Annual Passholders, and Volunteers.

ECHO quickly became one of New England’s premiere aquariums and science centers, featured on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Voice of America, on the pages of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Québec’s La Presse; and recognized by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) as one of the leaders in its field.

ECHO currently features 70 species of live amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fish, has partnered with Vermont Fish and Wildlife and New York Department of Environmental Conservation in a number of conservation and restoration projects, and boasts over 100 interactive experiences, including its new, green-themed Think! Café.

At its core, ECHO is a community resource, meeting the needs of thousands of people across the 8,234 square mile Lake Champlain Basin for learning, socializing and recreating. By partnering with the Burlington School District to incorporate Vermont curriculum standards and state-of-the art school programs and by developing programming for adults, such as the popular evening discussion series, “Café Scientifique,” ECHO is developing new models for community education. At the same time, they have purposefully reached out to area neighborhoods to make programs accessible to families through ECHO’s Open Door community access programs. From library passes to vouchers and popular Community Science Nights, ECHO aims to make sure that each person, no matter his or her financial circumstances, is welcomed to experience the fun — and the science — behind its doors.

At a time when people are increasingly aware of the environmental realities we face and the impact of our daily decisions, ECHO has become a key part in a new public ideology; one that recognizes and embraces the ripple effect of our choices. ECHO welcomes the public to join them in commemorating their 5th year to celebrate what we’ve accomplished as a community by having this Waterfront resource and — most importantly — where we’re all going.

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 events, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theater. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except 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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