SWING INTO SPRING WITH “ECHO EARTH WEEKS AND MUDFEST”
Fourth Annual Event Runs April 13-26
Spring cleaning, spring fever, spring forward... As much a
state of mind as a season, spring is our chance to make a fresh
start. It’s no wonder that Earth Day falls in its midst; a time
to consider how our planet is doing, and what it might need from
us in the coming year. But one day just isn’t enough for ECHO
Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake
Champlain. For the fourth year, they’re extending their Earth
Day celebration into two whole weeks: ECHO Earth Weeks and
MudFest. Each day at ECHO, April 13-26 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.,
features stewardship presentations from regional school and
environmental groups; muddy activities; acclaimed Vermont
musicians; free chocolate treats from Lake Champlain Chocolates
and Ben & Jerry’s; and much more.
- Enjoy fresh interpretations on science and environmental
topics by area schools like Wheeler and Mater Christi.
- Eco-Exhibitors like the Department of Environmental
Conservation and the Vermont Energy Education Program with
their bicycle-powered generator. Those interested in getting
“down and dirty” can sign up for environmental stewardship
projects like stream bed planting, pulling water chestnuts,
and even turtle beach clean-ups...check www.echovermont.org
for specific Eco-Exhibitor days.
- Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 26, Voices for the
Lake — ECHO’s stewardship through social media initiative —
will be showcasing video stories captured through YouTube,
and engaging folks in discussions about Lake Champlain.
- Catch daily “Muddy Music at One” with artists like Tammy
Fletcher, Colin McCaffrey, and Junk Music with the Junkman;
produced by family-friendly Re-Bop Records.
- Create and submit artwork for the Vermont Department of
Forests, Parks, and Recreation poster contest, on the theme:
“If Trees Could Talk: What Would They Say?”
- Earthy fun for all ages with native seed plantings,
Eco-Footprint Detector, earthworm exploration, and… you know
you want to: Mudfling! Scoop up a spoonful — or a handful —
of sopping-wet earth, then catapult it three stories down
towards a giant target below. Now that’s physics!
There’s gobs going on with ECHO Earth Weeks and MudFest, plus
a special admission discount: Now through May 8, Vermont and New
York residents with one valid I.D. receive $2 off for everyone
in their party, through ECHO’s Open Door community access
program. So grab your galoshes, put a spring in your step, and
head to ECHO to start the season off right.
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 ecology-themed Think! Café. Open
year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve &
Day. 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.