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HUNT FOR NEW ENGLAND'S "DINOTRACKS" AT ECHO
New Exhibit Opens November 15
BURLINGTON, Vt. —Imagine, for a moment, finding a dinosaur
footprint in your own backyard. It happened to 14-year-old Pliny
Moody as he was plowing his father’s Massachusetts field in
1802: Three-toed tracks imprinted in a slab of rock — and the
word “dinosaur” hadn’t even been coined yet! How did we get from
those footprints, found more than a hundred years ago, to our
modern understanding of dinosaurs? Find out with “DinoTracks,”
running November 15 - April 27, at ECHO Lake Aquarium and
Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This
latest ECHO exhibit features real fossils and imaginative
interactives that bring paleoichnology — the study of ancient
remains, including tracks — to life. “DinoTracks” uniquely
focuses on dinosaur footprints from the New England states of
Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as New Jersey and Eastern
Canada, where numerous fossils have been found and, in fact, are
still being found today.
Visitors to “DinoTracks” will:
- Step right up — and into — the life-sized tracks made by
New England dinosaurs millions of years ago. Can you follow
- Run as fast as a dinosaur — or creep as slow — on the
“Dino Treadmill;” then use a custom-designed giant
calculator to compare your speeds.
- Hear and feel the powerful footsteps of a dinosaur
“sneaking up on you” from your seat on the Jurassic Park
- Discover how scientists today use live emus, turkeys,
and lizards to explore how dinosaurs may have moved.
Says ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz, “There is a story
behind every set of tracks, and interpreting those stories is as
exciting and varied as the tracks themselves.” Even the absence
of tracks tells a story. For instance, here’s a mystery: Vermont
is surrounded by states and provinces where numerous tracks have
been found, but at this time, no dinosaur tracks have been
located within the Green Mountain State. Why? Experts theorize
that most of Vermont was under water during prehistoric times.
But Vermont has its own claim to “fossil fame:” Traces of coral
reef found in the Champlain Islands pre-date the dinosaurs by
several million years!
“DinoTracks” is a creation of EEC!, the same folks who
brought you Turtle Travels, Tree Houses, and Attack of the
Bloodsuckers! The entire exhibit is in English, French, and
Spanish, welcoming visitors from near and far. Be sure to join
this hands-on — and feet-on — journey of discovery, unraveling
the tales of the dinosaurs that roamed our own “backyard,”
millions of years ago.
This exhibit is produced by the Environmental Exhibit
Collaborative (EEC!), a group of mid-sized children’s and
natural science museums, including ECHO, and is made possible by
grants from Jane’s Trust and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust,
with added support from IBM.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy
Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront.
ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences,
seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the
Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of
the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center
environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain
Basin Program Resource Room, 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.